Emmeline Pankhurst: (I am ashamed not to know this; bad feminist!) Political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement; instrumental in getting women in the United Kingdom the right to vote in 1918. (Paraphrased from that most relieable source: Wikipedia)
'"A hundred years after Emmeline Pankhurst, a generation of pubescent females seek nothing better than to be reduced to the status of a cut-out paper doll, a flat avatar whose fictionalised adventures mask such disturbance and distress that she threw herself from a third storey window."' (Sphere, pg. 58)
Gibson Girls and Dana: Charles Dana Gibson was an illustrator, active in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century, and famous for drawings of the 'Gibson Girl', an illustration of a woman, said to be the combination of elements of beauty in women, and representing 'the feminine ideal of beauty'. (Ibid: Wikipedia)
'"No. it is not the young woman whose loss we bemoan, for she was no more real to us than the Gibson girls who dripped from Dana's pen."' (Ibid, pg. 58)
oligarch: Don't you love it when dictionaries define something with the same word you are looking up? Not. If I knew (I guessed, but if I really knew) what an oligarchy was, I would not need to look up oligarch. So Dictionary.com's definition of 'one of the rulers in an oligarchy' is, well, silly. An 'oligarchy', then, is a system run by oligarchs; a government, state or organization where just a few individuals or a small class dominate or rule.
'Kentigern Gardens was surely the natural domain of a different kind of rich: Russian and Arab oligarchs; corporate giants, splitting their time between town and their country estates; wealthy spinsters, slowly decaying amidst their art collections.' (Ibid, pg. 68)
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