A BIOGRAPHER'S OBSERVATIONS

"Truth, in Mrs. Eddy's case, is often stranger than fiction. Conventional in her twenties, weak in her thirties, struggling in her forties, a social outcast in her fifties, indefatigably working in her sixties, famous in her seventies, formidable in her eighties, Mrs. Eddy rewrites the female plot and offers new ways to strive and achieve" (p. xvii).

"Had she wished, she could have rested on her laurels and enjoyed her status as minor guru until her death. That she did not take the easy and pleasant way out is, in my view, a measure of her greatness as a leader and, more important, of the validity of her spiritual calling" (p. 368).

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