University of Wollongong Historical Journal

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The Victorian theory of spinsterhood


In 1897 'John Le Breton' published a novel called Miss Tudor, introducing a certain Mrs Richardson and her two daughters. The elder daughter, who was married, 'seemed a person to be looked up to as one having attained an assured position in the world'. The younger, who was not married, was a person of no consequence as far as her mother was concerned.