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    The diarist talked about having adventures like Tom Sawyer. What could I, a girl, aspire to? I wasn't pretty and that meant (according to the books) that I wouldn't be loved. That left Jane Eyre. No wonder she's so popular! But still, marriage as the be all and end all didn't appeal to me much.

    My character to emulate was Suzuki Beane. She and her "straight" (in societal, not sexual terms) friend Henry run away together to start a society that will be only children since adults are so prejudiced. The last line, with the two walking off into the sunset, Suzuki (a baby beatnik) puts her arm around Henry's shoulders and says, "Man, this is going to be endsville!"

    Sadly, though, I was a bit too down to earth, enough to realize that a society of only children wouldn't survive! So I gave up on fiction and read bios of Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Queen Victoria, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Blackwell (who came from quite a remarkable family BTW) et al, looking for a real person to emulate. Sigh. If Suzuki was a baby beatnik, I was a baby geek.

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