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As will be seen, imperial ideas were strongly aligned with those of Ruskin. In his search for the differences between 'womanly nature' and 'manly nature', Ruskin turns to literary sources to elaborate the theme of female redemptive powers. Describing the romantic image from chivalry of a lady buckling on her knight's armour, her love guiding his honour, he asks whether such a relation to lovers is reconcilable with 'true wifely subjection'. His answer is that the woman has a 'guiding, not a determining, function' (1970, p.
Had to do all the work: he was not pleased. She was sent home as soon as she could move. (1982, p. 84) Under such circumstances, wives in Nigeria had to be childless or separated from their children. Only after the Second World War were children permitted to come to Nigeria, and even then the attitude of the senior generation was grudging. Ian Brook tells that a Resident upbraided him as a junior officer because he had not provided the information that his wife, soon to arrive with their two children, was pregnant.
33, 37), with its few comforts and considerable risks to health. Of his first tour in 1906, Hastings writes, 'Life seemed a bit precarious, though not more so than was to be expected in the wilds, and deaths among us were fairly frequent' (1925, p. 20). 'The wilds' represents the setting where true manhood was forged, where the hero who had left England in degradation could achieve moral integrity. In the novel James Steel is referred to as a 'gentleman' at least seven times, qualified in several instances to 'gentleman by birth', thus being identified with the landed gentry and endowed with special attributes of character.
Gender, Culture and Empire: European Women in Colonial Nigeria by Helen Callaway