On “A Woman Perfected”

“Earth’s noblest thing, a woman perfected”

 – Richard Marsh

A woman should not be totally dependent on somebody else’s effort for a living, especially if this “someone” is a man. Women should always have to have something stored for personal use and for individual survival. My mom always told me this, and boy, she was right.

Nora Lindsay in A Woman Perfected learned the hard way. Surrounded by luxury and with everything handed to her on a silver platter, Nora Lindsay did not, in her wildest dreams, think that she would ever stoop to the position of wanting. Born with riches, Nora never grasped the idea of needing something and I believe that she did not understand the idea of having to work for one’s living.

When Donald Lindsay, Nora’s father, died unexpectedly, perhaps earlier than the time anticipated, Nora did not have the slightest idea of what to do first. She entrusted all decision-making to the lawyers and other persons who, to her own naïve esteem, are “good” and “kind” and well-meaning. Naïveté and ignorance are qualities least required when it comes to surviving. Poor Nora. She had to have these traits.

Unbeknownst to her, she was being betrayed by a trusted friend and deceived by a once loyal butler. When reality stroke and when Nora was forced to leave her comfortable lifestyle, she was left alone to fend for herself and what remaining dignity she had.

Nora became an example of a woman perfected when she realized that:

  • One has to go through hardships to appreciate luxury and everything comfortable.

  • Riches could be taken in a blink of an eye.

  • A woman should always… always have a contingency plan.

  • Sometimes, the best help we could get is the help from ourselves.

  • One has to work hard for a living.

  • Greed can change even the most loyal of persons.

  • There’s a traitorous tendency in all of us. It only takes one impactful trigger to turn the good into the bad.

  • Poverty and need can lead one to forget morals.

  • Success is counted sweetest when one has tasted hard and bitter struggles.

  • Experience is the best teacher.

  • Choosing love makes all the difference.

  • Choosing to always forgive is a mark of strength.

I’m glad to have come across Richard Marsh’s A Woman Perfected. As in all the books I’ve read, there is always something to learn. I believe that one grows with each story read. This novel, being one of the many I have read from beginning to end, has just become one of the symbolical milestones of my improvement as a person.

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