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Questions to consider when reading Olivia by Dorothy Strachey.

How far did you have sympathy with Olivia throughout the novel?

Do you feel the character Olivia changes during the story? Did your feelings about her change?

How do you think the novel would be received today? Does it translate well across time?

What do you think of Mlle Julie’s treatment of Olivia?

How far do you feel the novel captures the realities of love or infatuation, particularly adolescent love or passion?

What do you think the novel is saying about lesbian love?

What did you think about the dynamic between Mlle Cara and Mlle Julie?

What did you like most (and least) about the novel?

What surprised you most about this book?

Our theme for the group is ‘Fearless women in Fiction.’ Why do you think we have chosen this book in particular?

How well do you think the novel translates over time?

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