Fritsch, Elizabeth (3 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 3: Description of Oswestry High School for Girls continued. EF’s Dislike of sports. EF’s asthma. Remarks on being tested for allergies and her subsequent de-sensitisation. EF’s favourite subjects: history and maths. Remarks on having to choosing between sciences and arts at O’level, EF’s regret that she didn’t study science. Description of religious instruction with headmistress. Description of EF’s mystical experiences. Mentions becoming a Sunday school teacher. Connects mystical experiences with her hormones. Describes having similar feelings at birth of her son. EF’s interest in religion, makes links between the mystical side of life and art. EF’s art classes at school, her regret at not doing Art O’ Level or A’ level. EF’s belief that she may have become a sculptor or painter if she had gone to art school. Reasons for taking up pottery. Description of holidays with father visiting Cathedrals on the Welsh border. Describes having a mystical experience in Orme, Llandudno, Wales. Comments on taking Ephedrine for her asthma. EF’s Lack of sex education. Story about her sister’s pregnancy and elopement to Wolverhampton. Mother’s reaction. Mentions visiting Marie Stoke’s Clinic. EF’s use of contraceptives. Remarks on EF’s problems in completing exams due to her perfectionist streak. EF’s realisation that she needed get away from academia to do some manual labour. Comments on the usefulness of studying Ancient Greek and Latin and the similarity between the equilibrium in the languages to that in EF’s own work. Description of Sundays with parents. EF’s love of mountains. Description of the landscape around Oswestry.

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