Magazine article Herizons

All the Seas of the World by Gayla Reid

Magazine article Herizons

All the Seas of the World by Gayla Reid

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STODDARD, 2001

Australians habitually call each other "mate," but in the case of Deirdre and Bernadette (Bernie), the women who are at centre of All the Seas of the World, the term is appropriate.

They are mated almost from birth; Bernie cannot remember a time when she did not know Deirdre. They have an intimacy shared only by sisters close in age, or friends whose lives have long been intertwined. They communicate with both a shared language and without words; they share a Catholic girlhood in rural Australia and, approaching puberty, wed in mirrored ceremonies in which each pledges to love the other "as long as ye both shall live and then go to Heaven with her forever." They lose the faith, but they keep the love.

Theirs is not an overtly lesbian relationship, though they touch in ways that express their love and intimacy. Throughout their sexual explorations and marriages they retain a relationship that in its depth rivals or supercedes all others. …

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