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Written by Katharine Trauger
Turning her back on wealth and marriage, loving the poor, pioneering in statistical graphics…who was this famous home scholar?
As a young wife, you rise early to arrange the daily tasks for your large housekeeping staff. Your three-story home with over twenty fireplaces needs someone to see about all that fuel and the accompanying ash and dust. Then there is the approaching holiday in Italy—you must plan for all who will attend you during the trip, as well as for those who will stay behind with the estate.
You are Frances Smith Shore, or, you would have been. However, your husband’s great uncle willed him all his wealth if he would but carry on the elderly man’s name and coat of arms. Who could know how prophetic this name change would become in the life of one of your daughters? (more…)