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A Glass of Blessings Pym is best known for studies of unmarried women and their position in society, but she has also done several portrayals of married women who are slightly bored, who feel the romance and excitement have gone from their marriages, and who would like some adventure. These women, such as Wilmet Forsyth of A Glass of Blessings (1958), do not work or have careers. So Wilmet turns her energies toward searching for a possible affair.

She considers three men — a priest; a friend's husband; and, most seriously, a family friend and language instructor. She has a number of dinners with the latter, takes his class to be around him more, and tries to create a romance; but he turns out to be a contented homosexual and she settles for friendship with him and his "friend."

The heroine's easy nonjudgmental acceptance of a homosexual...

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