Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

by: Jeanette Winterson

Chapter 4: Numbers

Jeanette's love for Melanie develops easily and openly. Winterson's depiction shows Jeanette's love to be simply natural process that has no appearance of sinfulness often associated with such love affairs. The purity of their affection stands in contrast with the rigid regulations of the church.

The form of the chapter continues to flow as a stream of consciousness remembrance. There have been few indications of how quickly time moves in the novel, but we are aware that Jeanette is getting older. The fact that she is now able to work indicates that she has reached her teenage years. The final fantastical section of the chapter testifies to the change that has taken place with Jeanette loving Melanie. The described castle houses men and women who live their lives eating and drinking just as the men and women who came before them did. Nothing ever seems changes in this world. Suddenly, however, rebels are about to storm the palace. The rebels represent Jeanette's divergent views on sexuality attacking her handed down assumption of the status quo. As Jeanette's love for Melanie develops, she will no longer just become one of the masses who chooses to sit in the freezing castle discussing the same thing day after day. Her life has changed and a revolution is starting.