Emily Mary Osborn, Nameless and Friendless
A studio of one's own
The primal eye
What the future holds
The rich man's wealth is his strong city...
The title carries a quotation from the Biblical Book of Proverbs: "The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty" (10:15). The passage goes on to develop the theme of the spiritual poverty of the rich, who complaisantly forget about God, a sentiment with which the Victorians would have been very familiar.