NOTEBOOK 9 After a financial shock, Brigette finds a brief respite that allows her to hire a maid. But it’s after taking on a boarder, a young medical student, that Brigette’s plan for full financial independance begins to take shape—even as she finds the requirements of fidelity too difficult to bear in THE LESSON. SERIES OVERVIEW “I have never slept with a man.” So begins The Sex Diaries Of Mrs. Bright. The year is 1905. Newlyweds Brigette and her husband H are honeymooning aboard a cruise liner headed for New York. It’s Brigette’s first marriage, his second. But they’re not alone. Accompanying them is Brigette’s older female companion, M, a friend Brigette has known intimately since she was seventeen and the woman who introduced her to the world of physical joy. Through Mrs. Bright’s witty and lasciviously detailed diary entries, we witness her search and discovery of a myriad ways to give and receive absolute pleasure—to her husband, her lover, and herself. A document on friendship, marriage, and the complications of securing happiness, The Sex Diaries Of Mrs. Bright reveals that sex in the Edwardian era was as pure, dirty, and fun as can be imagined.