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“Mrs. Patten Would Doubtless Be of Service if a Man”: Mary Patten and Shirley Jackson, Two Women Who Broke the Mold

Patten didn’t undress for fifty days while onboard Neptune’s Car because “the threat of rape had never been far from her mind.”

Neptune’s Car

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Neptune’s Car


Neptune’s Car

The Captain’s Wife,really

The Clipper Ship EraThe Captain’s Wife,

New York Daily TribuneNeptune’s Car’s

A Rather Haunted Life, New Yorker


The Haunting of Hill House,

New York Times

Neptune’s CarBlue Water Men—and Women,

The Haunting of Hill House’s

Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don’t do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.