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Toni Bentley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001

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Sido's Masterpiece

Sido's Masterpiece

Chapter Nineteen Sido's Masterpiece
Sisters of Salome

Toni Bentley

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the early life of Colette Willy, whose rebellious attitude has its roots in her freethinking mother, Sido, an unconventional woman for her time. Colette never took second place to a man, valued her own mind, and cared little for the opinions of others. As a child, she dreamed of being a courtesan, enamored as she was by the lives of the Parisian cocottes she read about in the gossip sections of the newspapers. Colette's sexual fascination with women can be traced to her childhood, to her “first seduction,” as she later termed it, by one of her mother's friends, whose great breasts, with their “violet and hard” tips, intrigued her.

Keywords:   Colette Willy, courtesan, Parisian cocottes, seduction

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