Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

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    • Genesis-formation
      • Jeanette, single named narrator lives with her forceful mother and voiceless father
      • her mother often seeks out conflict and never sees the world with mixed feelings
      • For Jeanette's mother the world contains enemies.
        • Devil, "next door", slugs and sex
        • and friends, God, Auntie Madge the novels of Charlotte Bronte, and slug pellets.
      • Standard sunday routine, Jeanette's mother prays, bible quizzes and listen to world services on the radio. Jeanette takes notes for future congregation.
      • narrative switches to a beautiful princess that death of a moth could distress her, meets a old hunch back asking if she will take over her duties, she agrees and is cured.
        • first introduction to fairytales.
        • Jeanette then goes into more detail about her adoption and adds how she will be a missionary for God.
          • connects with imagery of New Testament
            • Wintersons use of foreshadowing of Jeanette's future lesbianism
              • Ladies in the paper shop are lesbian, foreshadows Jeanette's future.
  • Elsie quotes Blake, Swinburne, W.B. Yeats and the "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti. One day Elsie leaves her with two poetic lines, "All things fall and are built again/And those that build them again are gay."
  • Jeanette claims she learns nothing at school, her mother then leads to say that she married her father because hes a good man and a firm beliver, a way of getting over Pierre.
    • Jeanette's mother removes the photo of her sister as her family disowned her when she married Jeanette's father
      • Jeanette gets belittled by students as well as her teachers because she is sol intertwined with religion that is has scared the children.
  • she tries to visualise the clouds that the protected the Hebrews but she couldn't.
    • Leviticus
      • addresses all the people of Israel
        • Jeanette gets sent out to fetch ice cream as they do not want her too hear the sounds. Jeanette does not know what fornication is but she knows it is a sin.
          • they sang a hymm so loud the neighbours fight back by banging the walls and pipes, this pleased Jeanette's mother she sang the second verse louder.
  • Jeanette's mother declares that the next door neighbors are fornicating, Mrs White asks for a wine glass which Jeanette's mother claims is for medicinal purposes.
    • one day Jeanette realizes that she doesn't always agree with the church. this is the first time she goes against her mothers beliefs.
      • Jeanette slips into another story about a prince who longs for a wife who is perfect, he meets a women who is perfect  but she doesn't want to talk to him and he beheads her.
        • this is ironic as it could foreshadow Jeanette in the future as she is not interested in males but her teachings force her too, maybe why it has such serious consquences.
  • a young male runs into the back yard and yells where Jeanette's mother chastising a scripture.
    • Talks about how Jeanette's mother is saved by religion.
      • the previous treasurer moved and opened the guest house of morecambe for bereavers, where they visit often.
  • Jeanette has a reoccurring dream that she is getting married in a white dress with a golden crown. her crown is getting heavier and when she reaches her husband he is deformed.
    • her aunt tells her to get a boyfriend, when she tells her mother she just gives her an orange and a copy of Jane Eyre.
      • Jeanette's mother always changes the end of the book but Jeanette reads the real ending and is shocked.
        • Jeanette and her mother go into town and see the lesbian couple. Jeanette's coat tears.
          • Jeanette sees Melanie working on the fish store, when she approaches she doesn't talk and when she goes back she is gone.
            • Jeanette gets a job near Melanie and then Melanie comes to visit Jeanette at church.
              • Jeanette stays at Melanies house a lot and has sex with her.
                • the narrative shifts to an unrelated fantasy of men and women feasts.
                • Deuteronomy
                  • this is where the narrator talks directly to the reader.
                    • it explains that time deadens peoples memories.
                      • people construct stories to explain what happened in the past and based on the same set of facts.
                        • the seperation between fact and fiction allows one to know what to believe.
                          • if stories are easily believed then they can also be easily manipulated, the past is malleable and can be shaped in many directions depending on how we look at it.
                            • assumes that only God knows if some events were actually true, but humans are not God.
  • Joshua
    • as Jeanette returns home she is shocked to see Mrs White cleaning the house, she had earlier told her mother about Melanie.
      • Jeanette's uneasiness reminds her of the "awful occasion", this is when Jeanettes biological mother came to visit
        • Jeanette wasn't able to know who the woman was and instead she listened through the wall.
          • Jeanette's mother insisted that she was Jeanettes true mother and her biological mother was just a "carrying case"
            • she later struck her daughter and after that evening she and her mother never spoke of the event again.
              • Jeanette mentions how she always spends her time with Meleanie often when she is supposed to be a Elsies, she claims that once her mother had checked up on them at one point.
                • whilst her mother is out when the house is being cleaned she spends the night at Melanie's despite meaning to spend it with Mrs White.
                  • later that morning Mrs Jewsbury warns Jeanette to stay calm and Pastor Spratt reveals that herself and Melanie have fallen under "Satan spell".
                    • Jeanette runs out the church and is followed by Mrs Jewsbury who takes her into her house and they then make love even if it does disgust Jeanette.
                      • Jeanette finds the pastor her mother and other church members trying to pray to renounce her.
                        • She is put in the parlour for 36 hours with out food and starts to become delerious
                          • she quickly repents as she is hungry.
                            • Jeanette finds out where Melanie is staying and stays with her she then comes down Gladular Fever, her mother suggests this his the demon pushing out of her body.
                              • The forbidden dream returns, but soon after she gets her life back together.
                                • Jeanette meets Katy from Blackpool from the churches recent mission and her her with her sermons.
                                  • Melanie returns at Christmas and she offers an orange but she declines this, Katy offers her to spend the weekend in her caravan.
                                    • Here the narrative shifts into a description of a secret walled in garden on the banks of the Euphrates. . An orange tree sits in its center next to a time dial. The fruit of the tree causes joy for some and pain for others. To eat of the fruit of the garden makes the eater long for other things. One you leave the walled garden you will never return.
                  • Jeanette sleeps with Katy and their love affair carries on through the year, Jeanette sees Melanie and she tells her that she is getting married and she later sees her fiance and spits on him
  • Judges
    • Opens with a quote from Alice in Wonderland. "Now I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off."
      • Jeanette's mother tells her to move out, she is confused why loving the wrong people is such a sin.
        • Jeanette says how she still loves the church but will no longer become a missionary.
          • Narrative switches to Sir Percival, he has left to find the holy grail.
            • Jeanette and Katy stay at Morecambe even though they are not greiving, they leave the door ajar and get caught, Jeanette says it is her old friend Melanie.
              • a letter is delivered to Jeanette's mother and she is furious, she calls the Pastor and explains the demons have returned, Jeanette offers an orange to both.
                • The pastor and the church decide that Jeanette has experienced sexual confusion because her many church responsibilities made her believe that she belonged in a man's role
                  • Sir Percival returns and is dreaming of the holy grail, but wakes up with tears in his eye and his face in ivy.
                    • Jeanette the Pastor and her mother are drinking tea, she refuses to repent and says she is quitting church, her mother tells her to moveout and she does so by Thursday.
  • Ruth
    • Winnet Stonejar lives alone in the magical Kingdom and gets tricked to be an apprentice by a sorcerer.
      • Jeanette returns to Morecambe where she works with a lady who makes funeral wreaths.
        • Jeanette also works as an ice cream truck driver and stops near Elsies and finds a big crowd, Elsie has passed away. Her mother, the pastor are very rude to her and tell her to leave
          • narrative returns to the story of Winnet, where she collapses and meets an older lady.
            • Jeanette finds Elsies casket has turned up and on the day of the funeral one of the workers are ill and Jeanette has to serve food, when her mother finds out she leaves, Mrs Jewsbury invites her to her place.
              • Jeanette explains that she could've became a priest but is instead a Prophet-some one who shapes their own texts.
                • Jeanette takes a slow train trip back to her home village where she and her mothers interaction is not eventful.
                  • Jeanette and Melanie meet and Melanie expresses that what they had was nothing special.
                    • Jeanette's mother finally comes to terms that oranges are not the only fruit.
                      • Jeanette stays with her mother over Christmas, Mrs White visits and becomes so discomforted by Jeanette's presence she looses her breath.
                        • Jeanette's mother switches her radio on to ease her discomfort

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