A print of this painting hangs above my stairwell. It is framed rather grandly, and I also respect it in a grand way. It represents a high standard of femininity. The woman is both modest and beautiful, domestic and educated. It also represents a woman writer. I believe personal letters, which are now out of fashion, have literary merit. What difference does it make if one writes to a small audience or a large one? The same act of writing is involved.