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Quote #1

I had been kissed once by someone I had liked. (1.76)

That kiss with Ray was the extent of Susie's sexual experience before Mr. Harvey.

Quote #2

It was not so much, she would write in her journals, that she wanted to have sex with women, but that she wanted to disappear inside them forever, to hide. (10.26)

Ruth is in the process of discovering her sexuality. The passage above is very personal to Ruth and not easily 'translated' to a concrete statement about her sexuality.

Quote #3

At fourteen my sister sailed away from me into a place I'd never been. In the walls of my sex there was horror and blood, in the walls of hers there were windows. (10.138)

When Lindsey and Samuel make love for the first time, Susie notes the vivid contrast between what Mr. Harvey did to her and what Lindsey and Samuel do with each other. Both are sex, but resemble each other only in the most basic way.

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