ROUNDTABLE: WIDOW’S WALK 

Yet the whaling wife is at the same time everything a good Victorian wife isn’t: shrewd, strong, sometimes imperious, her husband’s partner in everything from asset management to home improvement. Who was this ideal Victorian wife supposed to be? What was this ideal? She certainly wasn’t a sun-weathered, calloused, shrewd businesswoman with intellectual and physical desires on par with her seagoing husband.  

Novelist Amy Brill shows us another side of Victorian womanhood—the hardy wife of the New England whaler, today on Roundtable.

ROUNDTABLE: WIDOW’S WALK 

Yet the whaling wife is at the same time everything a good Victorian wife isn’t: shrewd, strong, sometimes imperious, her husband’s partner in everything from asset management to home improvement. Who was this ideal Victorian wife supposed to be? What was this ideal? She certainly wasn’t a sun-weathered, calloused, shrewd businesswoman with intellectual and physical desires on par with her seagoing husband.  

Novelist Amy Brill shows us another side of Victorian womanhood—the hardy wife of the New England whaler, today on Roundtable.