• 9th August 1818

    Mrs Page began talking about my getting married. Told me I had a good figure, good complexion, held myself well & was, she thought, good-tempered. That I should be good-looking if I dressed my hair with bows, as they do now, and with curls, etc. She is a vulgar, good sort of woman, fond of giving her opinions and advice. I took it all well, was amused, led her on & praised her &, I daresay, came off with flying colours.

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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