I should be tempted to classify her as an American woman par excellence were it not for the suspicion that she is not a woman at all.’A well-known German graphologist, who was given a sample of her hand-writing but not her identity, concluded that the writer was ‘a woman with a strong male inclination in the sense of activity, vitality and initiative. You can see Wallis’s condition clearly next to the very rounded face of Mary.
Today, a course of oestrogen therapy can transform facial features.
And, indeed, until puberty, such girls easily pass as normal pre-pubescent females.
After puberty, however, there can be a noticeable drift towards the external features of a male — such as a masculine bone structure, accelerated muscle development and a deep voice. ‘She is flat and angular and could have been designed for a medieval playing card.
If that is the case, and if it was something Wallis always knew, she may have steeled herself very early on to the idea of being childless.
There, according to her friend Diana Angulo, Wallis was ‘infamous for arousing bouts of passion among adoring males’.‘From the moment I met her I never liked her at all,’ she said later.
‘If a woman knows that she possesses a secret which makes her a unique person, she can live with this by believing that she has something which makes her stand out against the rest.
It’s like having a special gift.’ Although she lived with her widowed mother in straitened circumstances in Baltimore, Maryland, she was remembered by all her schoolfriends as both exceptionally flirtatious and one of the most popular debutantes of her season.
Vaginal intercourse is often possible, even when the vagina is shallow.
The ultimate confirmation of womanhood, of course, is to get pregnant — a clear impossibility for those born without a womb.