Before Olds recounts the end of her mother's life and battle with cancer, she covers some other pretty intense subjects, such as corporeal punishment
while menstruating, abortions in the era of George Bush and her mother's own personal lonesome, abusive and puritanical history.
Yet the process was not easy, as the child moved from the loving embrace of the female nurse to the corporeal punishment
of the stern male instructors.
One day, however, he slaps her in the face, reintroducing to this school corporeal punishment
as a disciplinary method.
If we believe that corporeal punishment
constitutes abuse, then in effect the cause is contained within the definition.
HITLER'S PATHOLOGY stemmed from corporeal punishment
by his father.