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The defensive nature of their surnames makes the relationship between Christabel LaMotte and Maud Bailey inevitable.


Throughout the text castles are alluded to and imagery drawn upon. Maud and Roland work within the Victorian Gothic pile, Seal Court, where Christabel had seen herself as a witch.

"Oh, my dear, here I sit, an old witch in a turret, writing my verses..."

In the library the academics work in front of an elaborate Morris window.

"...depicting in central medallions, the building of a golden keep on a green hill, fortified and bedizened with banners..."

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