Review: "Valiant?" Rather, rude and impudent woman. Marriage is a relative term. The relationship between a priest and his female housekeeper is, in this story, like a marriage. She is constantly gossiping, giving her opinion on everything and the priest is like a henpecked husband, absorbing it all. And every night they play cards. And every night Father Firman wonders why he does not do something about Mrs. Stoner, and every night he dredges up excuses why he can't. So the course of life goes on and on and on and on. The same drama is played out again and again, day after day.
Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. RP Warren and A. Erskine. New York: Dell Books. 1954.