Fritsch, Elizabeth (2 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: Description of EF’s ‘bourgeois’ childhood home. EF’s similarities with her sister and differences with her brother. Description of parent’s relationship and characters. Father’s return from war. Mother’s conventional cooking, description of afternoon tea. EF’s pleasure in cooking. Aunts’ ‘bohemian’ lifestyle. Father’s death of coronary thrombosis. EF’s religion and religious experiences. EF’s decision to go to music college. Description of attending Oswestry Primary School, remarks on the strong characters of her spinster teachers. Description of taking adventurous walks with friends and playing imaginative games. Favourite toys: Meccano, Bako, dolls and bicycle. Father’s interest in gardening. Mother’s sewing. Remarks on EF’s parents having come down in the world. Description of attending Oswestry High School for Girls.

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