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Whilst in the texts on childhood Sido is centrally located in the home or garden, her relation to surrounding space is not at all that of the textbooks' devoted mother. In the scenario created by the latter, the space beyond the domestic circle is defined as masculine. The mother may empower her son to enter that world by teaching him the skills and principles appropriate there, but knowledge and power beyond the home are a male affair and once he leaves the maternal space she must remain in the background of grateful memory.

Willy made a living by writing music reviews and gossip columns for the mass of newspapers and magazines fashionable at the time and also by employing an army of ghost-writers CLAUDINE IN CONTEXT 29 to produce punning, titillating light novels which he published under his own name. Colette recalled with affection many of the young men who worked for her husband and who became her friends, and it was almost inevitable that an unoccupied and literate young wife, already financially dependent and hence a source of cheap labour, should herself have been drawn into the production process.

There was to be one more marriage, to her "best friend" (as she frequently refers to him) Maurice Goudeket, whom she met in 1925 and married ten years later, and a considerable amount of celebrity before her death in 1954. Despite protests from prominent Catholics like Graham Greene, the Church refused Colette a religious funeral, providing a final reminder that the Colette now adopted as a national figure had persistently flouted orthodox morality. In a writing career extending over fifty years Colette produced a great quantity and variety of texts.

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