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I have never seen ‘Volcanoes’ is the second episode of the first season of Dickinson. It is the second episode of the series overall.


Women are forbidden at Amherst, so Emily and Sue get creative to attend a lecture.


Emily and Sue lie in bed and discuss the idea of running away together. Emily discovers a lecturer is due to give a presentation on volcanoes but her father is against women getting a higher education. Later, Emily's mother is angry at her husband's decision to get a maid and reveals she feels useless. While shopping for dresses with her sister Vinnie, Emily accidentally spills that Sue got engaged.

Afterwards, Emily and Sue decide to dress as men and sneak into the lecture themselves. At the college, George spots them, but agrees to keep their secret. However, partway through the lecture, Emily accidentally gives away that they are there. Her father is angry to discover Emily's actions and tells her to stop her antics. Emily's mother then accuses her of being selfish and not thinking of her father. Emily then asks the maid, Maggie, to teach her to make bread.

That night, Emily tells Sue she feels trapped, like the people in Pompeii. Sue then tells her she knows what volcanoes feel like and they proceed to have sex.





  • James Dwyer as Prefect
  • Corwin Tuggles as College Boy #1
  • Cody Jamison Strand as College Boy #2
  • Timiki Salinas as Another Student
  • Charlie Romo as Scrawny Freshman





  • The episode's title and themes based on the poem of the same name by Emily Dickinson.[1]
  • In the beginning of the episode, we listen to Emily recite the poem "It's all I have to bring today" as she watches Sue sleep.

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