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Published in January 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
“Deeds Not Words,” a short story in the middle of Tessa Hadley’s new collection, is about two female teachers at a girls’ school just before the outbreak of the First World War. One is an imprisoned suffragette undergoing force feeding, the other is having an affair with a married male teacher. As war breaks out, both women find their identities, built on defiant liberty, dashed by the entitlement of those around them, and are shamed into silence.