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From Liz Saleson’s interview with Frances F. Denny for the Baxter Street Camera Club:

LS: Your title comes from a piece of embroidery?

FFD: “Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee” was the title of a 1982 Rhode Island Historical Society exhibition of colonial girls’ embroidery samplers. I discovered the catalog in a library and I began thinking about this word “virtue.” I feel like is not a commonly used word so much anymore.

LS: I hear it used ironically.

FFD: Right, exactly, because, historically it’s about chasteness, the preservation of virginity. But I wonder, what does it mean to live a moral life as a woman today?

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View the series “Let Virtue Be Your Guide”
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