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Affinity Themes

Sarah Waters
This Study Guide consists of approximately 47 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Affinity.
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Themes

Unrequited Love

Miss Prior is a lesbian in a time when lesbianism was not recognized or talked about. Miss Prior is in a relationship with a young woman named Helen, a relationship that brings her a great amount of happiness. However, Helen ends the relationship and marries Miss Prior's brother, Stephen. Miss Prior must sit back and watch as the woman she had loved makes a life with the brother she adores. It is a difficult situation for Miss Prior, leaving her depressed and so despondent that she once attempts suicide. Now Miss Prior is on a constant dose of chloral to keep her from slipping into a suicidal depression once more.

Miss Prior begins visiting Millbank Prison to help her overcome her emotional struggles. Miss Prior is vulnerable and open to falling in love once again as she makes these visits. Therefore it is no surprise when she...

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