Jeanne Mixon This book was very much a product of a time. Today Florence could go online and find other women like her which would validate her sense of herself as either asexual or a victim of child abuse or gay or whatever she is. Today Edward (as it said in the book) would sleep around and have more self confidence and pick up the cues of revulsion from Florence. I think one of the themes was the idea that love and attraction doesn't have to be sexual. They both loved each other to the end of their lives, even though they couldn't have sex. That you don't need sex to be soulmates.