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The essay argues that Warner’s 1929 novel The True Heart explores the possibility of feminist fantasy within the context of historical
realism. It considers the pressures exerted on the protagonist Sukey Bond by the constraints
implicit within historical, classical, and religious contexts, and looks in particular
at the gender implications of the novel’s debt to Apuleius’s narrative of Cupid and
Psyche. The essay compares the ideas of emancipation in The True Heart with those in its predecessor Lolly Willowes.