Cora Josephine Turner and the Slade School of Art
Cora Josephine is thinly disguised as "Raymonde Carpenter" in the book, which, as many contemporary reviews noted, was clearly written from life. The dedication is: "To my wife Jo, from whom I have stolen all that I have not stolen from others concerning Raymonde."
The title page displays a quote from Strindburg, "Of young people in the irregular situation that intervenes between the time that they leave their parents' house and the time that they enter one of their very own."
Jan Gordon's approach to disguising characters in his writing changed from using the first letter of the surname plus a dash (see) to the playful nicknames and simple anagrams used in this book. These extend to place names and magazines, with, for example "The Lounger" being used to refer to "The Idler." Further misdirection can be found in a note at the front of the book states that "The principal action in this book takes place during the years 1911 and 1912." In fact, the marriage of the Gordons, which is described at the end of the book, took place on July 7th 1909 at the Parish Church of Saint Luke, Chelsea. The note goes on to state that "None of the characters in the book are meant to be portraits of any living person." However, in addition to the Gordons themselves ("Raymonde Carpenter" and "William Arnold"), and a good number of correctly named artists, "the Praps" are a very close match to Edward and Clara Steichen and several other pseudonyms can be convincingly deciphered.