• 7th June 1818

    Thinking that Miss Browne, her current ‘crush’ was avoiding her, Anne wrote: “‘Tis well, I deserve it. Miss Browne is right ... I will think no more of her ... and make myself scarce to everyone, determined to devote myself solely to study & the acquirement of that literature which may make me eminent & more decidedly above them all hereafter ... My mind was intent on these reflections as I walked along & I resolved to stick diligently to my watchword – discretion, & next to good, to devote myself to study.”

Eliza Raine

At boarding school, at the age of fifteen, Anne met her first love, Eliza Raine. They shared an attic bedroom, called ‘the Slope,’ which made the union an easy one. Anne eagerly stepped into her lesbian sexuality. It was at this time that she began keeping diaries. When Anne began affairs with other women, Eliza went mad, from which she never recovered.

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