Yet now, resolutely, as only a man can do who is capable of martyring himself for the cause of science, he proceeded to violate all the fineness and delicacy of his nature by making love to the unthinkably disgusting bushwoman
This magisterial biography reveals Franklin as an eccentric and engaging amalgam of bushwoman
and cosmopolitan, of "poetry and slang," as Joseph Furphy, author of the quirky bush novel Such is Life, described her after their first meeting.
Dionne travelled thousands of miles and transformed herself into an African bushwoman
in a last ditch effort to shed the stones.
She defines a Bushwoman
as a female who is invaluable to the President yet underscrutinized by the press.
This historical novel presents the tragic story of Sarah Baartman, the bushwoman
with--among other features--prominent buttocks, who was taken to London from South Africa in 1810.
(3) This is, to be sure, a far cry from the April 1877 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine wherein anthropologists report on the craniometry of the "Gorilla," "Chimpanzee," "Bushwoman
," and "European." (4)