This article accompanies the fable
Women in Trousers
Lola Montez and Carmen in the family?
An Amazon UK blurb makes clear the links to Lola and Carmen: “Pepita, the half-gypsy daughter of an old-clothes pedlar from Malaga, makes her fortune as a dancer in Madrid. She is soon the toast of all Europe and embarks on an affair with a young English attache.” Being Gypsy stands in here for the throwing off of restraint and unbridled sexual desire and some would say lesbian desire, but it probably had more to do with envy and fantasy and outright escapism. Compare this with D.H. Lawrence’s similar fascination in The Virgin and the Gipsy, written in 1926.
Below is a resplendent Vita at Ascot in 1912 aged 20.