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55. James Hanley, The German Prisoner, London, ed. 32-33. 26 A Myth is Born: Those Flamboyant Days fatal impulses. The climax is reached when two English soldiers violate, then kill, the German prisoner, young, fair and beardless, matching the stereotype then in vogue; they are soon blown to bits, themselves. The cruelty and violence of the text reaches an unbearable pitch, revealing the frustrations of combat. Unable to accept their own homosexuality that surfaces at the front, the soldiers project it onto their enemy, denying it and destroying it at the same time.

After 1914, each nation pulled together its forces to confront the threat. In Germany, England and France, the notion of holy unity was invoked to catalyze the coming together around national values. The war left little room for minorities and rendered suspect any and all forms of deviation. Homosexuals became a target of choice for the heralds of nationalism. In Germany, the homosexual movements retreated into prudent silence. Individuals remained vulnerable to rumors. H. Lawrence’s Kangaroo, the hero, Richard Somers, is characterized by his constitutional weakness which makes him unfit to bear arms, his attraction to socialism and his sexual ambiguity.

See chapter three . 85. Cited by Philip Hoare, Serious Pleasures, op. 81. ” Rex’s brother added, “Men should not draw attention to themselves. ” Parents also complained that their children spent time with Stephen. Edith Olivier noted that Helena Folkestone was complaining about how badly people spoke of Stephen, that he was hated by people who did not understand him. Olivier noted that they were out of touch with the times, since “nowadays so many boys resemble girls without being effeminate. ”86 The main trends which we have just reviewed for men are also found among women.

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