My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners.
Now being a girl I was ashamed of my body and my lack of strength. So I tried to be a man. I shot rode jumped and took part in all the fights of the boys.
And the woman who could win the respect of man was often the woman who could knock him down with her bare fists and sit on him until he yelled for help.
Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only.
Like all my family and class I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster.