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Bewildering Stories

The Critics’ Corner

Who Is This Latter-Day Lady Godiva?

Maria Petrova’s “I Have Been Lady Godiva” is a kind of story that is so ambiguous it is very easy to underrate. It illustrates one of our mottoes: “Readers take everything literally unless they know to do otherwise.” Readers’ reactions will be all over the map, for example:

“Lady Godiva” will appeal to audiences at a number of levels, but not to those who take it literally.

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