Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia Themes

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The Privileges of Wealth

Undoubtedly Gertrude is able to live the fantastic life that she does due in large part to her family's wealth. Beginning with exclusive educational opportunities both at Queen's College and at Oxford University, Gertrude obtains premiere advantages will provide entrance into the upper echelons of her personal and professional lives. Socially, Gertrude's family is of British nobility which also gives her entrée into worlds not available to those with fewer advantages. When Gertrude does not secure a suitable husband in the socially-appointed time frame, her family's wealth allows her to travel the world in search of her life's purpose.

Through all her travels, her father subsidizes her efforts with a monthly allowance and her stepmother sends her packages containing clothes and furs of the latest fashions. Although Gertrude does receive a small salary when employed by the British government, she is able to maintain...

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