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* BiTheWay: As it turns out, [[spoiler: Mary]].


* IncompatibleOrientation: Quite a few cases of straight men falling for lesbians. Martin Hallam falls for Stephen, Pedro develops a massive crush on Mary Llewellyn, and Barbara was wooed by a young man in her hometown in BonnieScotland.

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* IncompatibleOrientation: Quite a few cases of straight men falling for lesbians. Martin Hallam falls for Stephen, Pedro develops a massive crush on Mary Llewellyn, and Barbara was wooed by a young man in her hometown in BonnieScotland.UsefulNotes/BonnieScotland.


* WorldWarI: Book Four charts Stephen's exploits as part of an ambulance unit in France.

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* WorldWarI: Book Four charts Stephen's exploits as part of an ambulance unit in France.----


The story follows the ComingOfAge of [[GenderBlenderName Stephen]] [[OverlyLongName Mary Olivia Gertrude Gordon]], who from an early age fails to conform to society's expectations of an upper-class Englishwoman, and gradually comes to realise that she is in fact an "invert". From the rolling hills of her countryside home to the literary society of London, from the salons of GayParee to the trenches of the [[WorldWarI First World War]], Stephen struggles to find love and purpose in a world cruelly hostile to her "unnatural" desires.

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The story follows the ComingOfAge of [[GenderBlenderName Stephen]] [[OverlyLongName Mary Olivia Gertrude Gordon]], who from an early age fails to conform to society's expectations of an upper-class Englishwoman, and gradually comes to realise that she is in fact an "invert". From the rolling hills of her countryside home to the literary society of London, from the salons of GayParee to the trenches of the [[WorldWarI [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI First World War]], Stephen struggles to find love and purpose in a world cruelly hostile to her "unnatural" desires.

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* LadyLooksLikeADude: Stephen essentially goes through male puberty (minus the extra facial/body hair) despite being female; on top of being literally as tall, broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped, and barrel-chested with muscle as her father (who himself is a big man), she also has his heavy, masculine facial features (particularly his brow ridge and cleft chin) which only get more pronounced as she reaches adulthood.

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* CastFullOfGay: More so in the latter half of the novel.


* GenderBlenderName: The female protagonist, Stephen Gordon.

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* GenderBlenderName: The female protagonist, Stephen Gordon.Gordon, as well as Jamie, Pat, Dickie....


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* LipstickLesbian: Barbara and Mary, [[spoiler: though the latter turns out to be bisexual]].

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* BiTheWay: As it turns out, [[spoiler: Mary]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Jamie shoots herself after Barbara succumbs to her illness.]]


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* IllGirl: Small and sickly Barbara.


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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler: Jamie's suicide.]]

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* NiceJewishBoy: Adolphe is described as "gentle and learned", and is easily the nicest person in Valérie's set.

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* CrisisOfFaith: Adolphe Blanc lost his Jewish faith for a time, unable to understand why any loving God would have created him homosexual.

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* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]]: Anna Gordon coldly banishes Stephen from Morton when she discovers she is gay.


* IncompatibleOrientation: Martin Hallam falls for Stephen.
** Later, Pedro develops a massive crush on Mary Llewellyn, who is gay.

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* IncompatibleOrientation: Quite a few cases of straight men falling for lesbians. Martin Hallam falls for Stephen.
** Later,
Stephen, Pedro develops a massive crush on Mary Llewellyn, who is gay.and Barbara was wooed by a young man in her hometown in BonnieScotland.

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* TheAlcoholic: Wanda.


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* GayParee: The setting of most of the latter half of the book.


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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The patrons of lesbian salon hostess Valérie Seymour, with whom Stephen falls in while living in GayParee (no [[IncrediblyLamePun pun]] intended).


* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: A variation. Stephen's anguished declaration is not addressed to the object of her romantic affections, but to her mother, when she passionately claims that her love for [[spoiler: Angela]] is as good and true and real as the love any man could have for a woman.

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: A variation. Stephen's anguished declaration is not addressed to the object of her romantic affections, but to her mother, when she passionately claims that her love for [[spoiler: Angela]] Angela is as good and true and real as the love any man could have for a woman.woman.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Stephen is musing on the life she would like to live with Angela, the latter interrupts her by simply asking;
--> "Could you marry me, Stephen?"

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