A Woman of No Importance Setting & Symbolism

Sonia Purnell
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“Cuthbert”

"Cuthbert" is the nickname that Virginia gave to her artificial leg. She sometimes referred to him in her coded transmissions to her superiors in England and in the United States. Occasionally, her references confused people who did not know who "Cuthbert" was, and who commented on him as an individual. The narrative contains several references to how Virginia refused to let herself be limited, or held back, by Cuthbert's presence in her life.

The Third Reich

The Third Reich is the name given to the regime established by the Nazis in World War II. It is the regime that Virginia, her fellow Resistance fighters, and the Allies fought so hard to overcome.

The Gestapo and the Abwehr

The Gestapo and the Abwehr were two branches of the Nazi Secret Service, and were bitter rivals. The Gestapo was the secret police, and more violent and ruthless; the Abwehr...

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