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I once asked my late Aunt, who was born in 1895 "why did you never marry Auntie?" "My dear, there was no one left". With this book one realises how very true this was. In those days one did not ask questions the way we did now. My Mother was furious that I had even asked her sister that much. But I was interested and this book answers obvious questions on how these women, for whom there "was no one left" made a life for themselves. Of course not everyone could cope with the title "old maid" and would be prepared to marry mere torso's so that they could have the desired ring on their finger and be addressed as "Mrs" and, more than likely become widows quite soon. A widow was infinitely preferable to being an old maid. How cruel people were then, if the lack of men WAS so obvious why did society condemn these women as unmarriageable? A vexed question. Virginia Nicholson writes well and movingly of the situation.