Are two coins all a lady's reputation is worth? In 1883 Calcutta, it's more than unusual for a woman to sue a man in open court. When both parties are missionaries, and the man accuses his female opponent of sexual misconduct with a native Christian and another missionary, newspapers fly off the shelves in Calcutta, Edinburgh, and even London. But what really happened?
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When the Ladies Association sent Mary Pigot an assistant, Mary thought her life would be easier. I think she thought Georgiana Smail would take over daily supervision of the Female Mission, leaving Mary free to teach and visit zenanas. But Miss Smail isn't fitting in. The two women can't get along. And Miss Smail's relatives don't approve of how Mary runs the mission. Mary begins to think Georgiana is more of a threat than a blessing. Is she correct?
Two Coins: A Biographical Novel (Women of Determination and Courage)
On Christmas Day, Miss Smail and I will attend St. Andrew’s. Then she’ll stay with her sister through the New Year. They can celebrate Hogmanayto their heart’s content, and we’ll be glad of a break. Miss Smail’s arrival, which I’d thought of as an early Christmas gift, turns out to be coal in my stocking. Nothing suits her. She has a notebook she carries everywhere. She says it’s to write down words and take notes so she remembers everything. Perhaps.