• We knew the pain of winter rushing up your skirt, and the ache of keeping your knees together in class, and how drab and infuriating it was to jump rope while the boys played baseball. We could never understand why the girls cared so much about being mature, or why they felt compelled to compliment each other.

    Jeffrey Eugenides (1993). “The Virgin Suicides: A Novel”, p.40, Macmillan