The Paying Guests Themes & Motifs

Sarah Waters
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Love

There are a number of people in love during this story and prior to the beginning of the story, which leads to problems for a number of the characters. First, Frances and Lilian are in love, which is a problem for several reasons. Their love is taboo, especially during this time frame. They have to keep their love hidden because it's an affair involving two women, but also because Lilian is married. Frances and Christina were also in love prior to the opening of the story, and were forced to keep their love hidden as well. Once their love is discovered, Frances is unwilling to face the disapproval of her parents in order to continue her relationship with Christina.

Lilian and Leonard were in love prior to the opening of this story. Lilian talks about their love only in abstract terms, but it seems that love...

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