This chapter examines Yone Noguchi's engagement to Ethel Armes and Charles Warren Stoddard's disapproval of it. By December 1903 Noguchi appeared to be married to Léonie Gilmour, even as he reinforced his engagement to Armes and wrote letters of affection to Stoddard. Noguchi and Armes's relationship proved particularly tortured as the two fell into disagreements. This chapter narrates how Noguchi and Armes became embroiled in queer intimacies as they promised to take each other's hand in marriage. It shows that Armes's involvement in intimate female “friendships” is proof of how seemingly separate worlds of male and female “romantic friendships” intertwined with confessions of subdued love as well as high drama.
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