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FOR THE SECOND TIME, I have been involved in a case of mistaken identity having to do with a woman called Theresa. The first time it happened I told no one, afraid it would ruin the romantic atmosphere we were then living in. “We were a college class of women around 1973, building a room of our own, or, as the curriculum read (in keeping with the feminist terminology of the time), being students in an experimental women’s studies program. I had been sitting in the library reading Interior Castle, written in Spain in the 16th century by Saint Theresa of Avila. The book had been suggested to me as a great model of vision and freedom, a kind of early feminist expression of the liberating life of the imagination. At the start, I loved it—who wouldn’t adore a sentence like ”Think of the soul as if it were a castle made of a single diamond or of very clear crystal, in which there

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