It was a struggle closing the corset entirely; a creaking sound. My neighbor used doorknobs, never the extra pair of hands in the room. “Get an even pull. Tightness is much more secure. And the knobs stay fastened,” she said. The first tug was most intense. The laces pulled tighter, giving way to a more curvaceous figure of the natural female form, and it did the magic with whalebone and fabric. The sight deepened my appreciation for the aesthetic beauty of a woman’s waist.