Herland - Chapter 7, "Our Growing Modesty" Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 7, "Our Growing Modesty" Summary

"Being at last considered sufficiently tamed and trained to be trusted with scissors," the men are allowed to barber themselves. (pg. 73) Their three tutors, Somel, Zava, and Moadine, accompany the men on an extended tour of the country. Vandyck and Jeff join Moadine in mocking their savage friend Terry, although Terry is too dim-witted to notice. Terry has sunk in the esteem of his friends. Back home, they had seen Terry as a man among men; but here among the women, those same manly qualities make him seem ridiculous. The saintly Moadine somehow manages to maintain a friendly relationship with Terry even as she demonstrates her quiet superiority.

The men learn that the women of Herland do not have surnames, although they may sometimes acquire a second or third name as an honorific. The men are surprised that the...

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