The Yellow Room is a classic Victorian era tale of a young woman, recently orphaned, undergoing an erotic education at the hands of a mature disciplinarian relative. The `uncle' lives with a maid, whom he honours with intimate attentions whose nature comprises both fustigatory and amorous elements. His disciplinary will prevails, as does his plan to relieve his relative of her maidenhead. Significant chunks of the (quite short) story are frequently abstracted in anthologies of the genre, but here it is offered complete, along with an unattributed piece entitled `Letters to a Lady Friend'. This is in fact the assembled part-work that appeared in `The Pearl' under the title `Miss Coote's Confession', the title given here being part of the (lesser known) sub-title of that story. This extract from `The Pearl' is about 3/5 of the whole publication here, which may be thought a bit cheeky, given its lack of attribution. In many ways The Yellow Room is a charming story (as is Miss Coote, in fact), being of those yarns common in the genre, in which wilful girlish disobedience is transformed, more-or-less consensually, into adoring acquiescence and a happy outcome.
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