Claudine, completely offtopic aftertalk..
- Only days later, after I had read the last chapter of Claudine, I was
going through my library a bit, in search for something.. When suddenly
I coincedently stumbled upon the following story wich had actually
nothing to do with it all, but I wanted to share with you.
Poorly summarized, poorly translated:
In the year 1865, an 71 year old retired army doctor, named Dr. James
Barry died in London. During his long years of service it has taken him
to West-Indies, South-Africa and India and became a quite popular and
skillful officer. Because of his remarkably handsome appearance, he
gained the reputation of being a skirt-chaser in his younger years, wich
even, or so the rumor goes, lead to a duel with an fellow officer
regarding a woman.
It was only after his death that the shocking truth about Dr. Barry was
revealed, to put it blunt: he appeared to be a she. Post-mortem
examination even revealed that Dr. Barry gave birth to a child in her youth.
Until today the true identity of Dr. Barry remains a mistery. In 1808,
on the age of 16, she subscribed as an medical student to the University
of Edinburgh, named James Barry. Even during the university days noone
even carried the slight suspect of her being a girl.
One of the more plausible explanations of it all might be that she chose
to live the life at the male half of the world, after an dissapointing
experience in love.
What happened with her child remains a secret she took along with her in
her grave. And because there was nothing known about her, her tombstone
carried the inscription: Dr. James Barry.
- Uncle Ro'