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“A Pair of One”

Greta and Freda Chaplin

They were identical, inseparable and lived their entire lives in complete unison.

They were so alike in the way they thought, spoke, moved, dressed, looked, and lived, that children would thrown stones at them and called them witches and adults used to spit on them in the street.

This story of identical twins in England, this is a rare glimpse into the strange world of mutual identity-sisters who viewed the world through each others’ eyes, living looking glasses. Greta and Freda Chaplin were identical twins who dressed alike, walked  in step and for much of the time they spoke the same words in unison. They were inextricably bound to each other and if separated they wailed and screamed. There are many twins who dress alike and behave somewhat alike but the Chaplin twins have been described as one of the most uncanny. Their story sparkles with the crazy quirkiness of the far edges of humanity, yet it resonates with the essence of every human.

Greta and Freda’s relationship to each other appeared precarious and, in fact, as you looked at them, they seemed to sway slightly. You had the impression they were holding each other upright and that if you took one away, the other would fall down. They were like two people in a rowing boat. If the oars strike the water at the same time, the boat moved forward with ease. But if one oar is a moment late then a great effort is required to keep it on course and the boat will blunder its way through the water.

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