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5 de julho de 2019

What I learned by reading “Alice – True or not True?”.

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“Alice – True or not True?” Was written by CM Rubin. Below, what I learned by reading this text.

The relationship between Alice and Lewis.

Lewis was more comfortable around little girls than around adults. In the Victorian Era, it was normal for an adult man to have a platonic relationship with a little girl. That would be cause of suspicion today. Although Lewis was accused of having “perverse desires,” he often supported charitable initiatives to defend poor children and young women. Lewis also believed that female education was more than just teaching her how to be a housewife. Alice might have been Lewis’s most important friend, but not the only one: ​​Lewis was friends with several other children. Lewis also believed that adults in general do not listen to children and that no one tries to explain important things to children, even when those things have a dramatic impact on their lives.

The Victorian Era was also a time when there was nothing wrong with children posing naked in photo essays. Lewis had a platonic contact with Alice and also photographed the nudity of his beloved. However, he did not do these things without permission from Alice’s parents and from Alice herself. It is not possible to say with certainty what was going on in Lewis’s mind during his interaction with Alice. Alice did not consider her contact to Lewis to be negative. The meaning of their relationship is up to interpretation. The friendship between the two ended when Alice’s parents decided that Lewis was not a good match for a future marriage.

After Such Kindness.

Such friendship also became a source material for the creation of fiction: some authors have created stories that show what might have happened if their friendship did not end. One such story is called After Such Kindness, by Gaynor Arnold, in which a guy develops friendship with his friend’s daughter and they become quite fond of each other. Although After Such Kindness is based on the true story of Lewis and Alice, the characters of After Such Kindness are not faithful portraits of Lewis and Alice.

The original idea of After Such Kindness was to write a novel about a platonic relationship between a girl and a man, but from the girl’s point of view.

Years later, the girl, now a woman who is unhappy with her marriage, finds her childhood diary … and begins to reinterpret that friendship she had as a child. Nowadays, we know that the children are sexual beings and that there are adults who are attracted to children, so it is no longer possible to look at a friendship between an adult and a child without seeing in it some sexual connotation (the so-called “stranger danger”). There are adults who fall in love with children. So, a person, after growing up, upon looking back at that special friendship, may notice that something felt “off”. This is especially serious when we remember that Lewis took pictures of Alice’s nudity. If such friendship happened today, Lewis could be arrested and Alice could be sent to therapy.

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