Wallace Stegner Quotes: If I Were A Modern Writing About A

If I Were A Modern Writing About A Modern Young Woman I Would Have To Do Her Wedding Night In Grisly Detail. The Custom Of The Country And The Times Would Demand A Description, Preferable "comic," Of Foreplay, Lubrication, Penetration, And Climax And In Deference To The Accepted Opinions About Victorian Love, I Would Have To Abort The Climax And End The Wedding Night In Tears And Desolate Comfortings. But I Don't Know. I Have A Good Deal Of Confidence In Both Susan Burling And The Man She Married. I Imagine They Worked It Out Without The Need Of Any Scientific Lubricity And With Even Less Need To Make Their Privacies Public.
— Wallace Stegner —

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