Gluppit the prawling strangles, there (elettaria) wrote in 18th_c_writing,
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there

Questions for the dirty-minded amongst you

1) When did "fanny" start being used as a term for female genitalia? OED says 1879, but I thought "Fanny Hill" was deliberately chosen as a name for this reason? We've been discussing this with relation to Mansfield Park over in episodical.

2) I've just reread Carter's The Sadeian Woman, and in her précis of Justine she mentions that Justine's parents both die of grief, instantly it sounds, on discovering that they're financially ruined. I'm rather interested in the whole dying-of-grief phenomenon, which is usually only seen in young women who've been having man trouble, and usually takes a bit longer (Mme de Tourvel, Clarissa). Has anyone here read Sade and can tell me what actually happens? Heart attacks?
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