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Judith L. Sensibar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115031

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115031.001.0001

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. Marriage in the “Crossroads of the Pacific,” June–September 1918

. Marriage in the “Crossroads of the Pacific,” June–September 1918

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(p.336) 18. Marriage in the “Crossroads of the Pacific,” June–September 1918
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Faulkner and Love
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Judith L. Sensibar

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115031.003.0022

This chapter examines Estelle Odlham's view of her marriage and her life in Hawaii based on her fiction “A Crossing.” It explains that the fiction tells the story of an unworldly pretty girl's literal and metaphoric crossing: her seduction, betrayal, and ultimately forced marriage to a man she does not love. It also suggests that the fiction offers insight into Estelle's retrospective understanding of her place as the wife of an American colonial officer and can be read as her response to William Faulkner's 1920 play The Marionettes.

Keywords:   Estelle Oldham, marriage, A Crossing, wife, Hawaii, William Faulkner, The Marionettes

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