Barbara Pym writes about Excellent Women. Excellent women are single, talented, extremely self sufficient, kind, giving and capable. They rise to any occasion and help generously when asked or when they see there is a need. They are steady, reliable, refined, polite and concerned with propriety.
Society shamelessly uses them. Men sometimes ask outrageous things of them and think nothing of it. â€œMy wife has left me. We had a needless argument and she has gone off, I believe with another man. Will you write to her for me? Ask what we are to do. I am undone by it (more…)