‘[H]ave you ever been in love?’ …
‘Yes,’ she answered somberly, ‘yes.’
‘And what’s it like?’
‘Too horrible to speak of … And too delicious.’
Olivia, sixteen, and ready to have the half-sleep of childhood burned from her. Her bildungsroman, inspired by Strachey’s own life, blooms in Mlle Julie and Mlle Cara’s school. But her education extends beyond academia, as she cannot help, nor tries to help, that she loves her schoolmistress, Mlle Julie. A love perhaps returned.