Ladies Of Missalonghi
The author of the book, The Ladies of Missalonghi, by Colleen McCullough
describes to the reader how Missy, an unattractive woman, in a small town
differs from Alicia. Missy, the daughter of Drusilla did not really have any
self-confidence in herself. "She would begin by wondering what she really
looked like. The house owned only one mirror, in the bathroom, and it was
forbidden to stand and gaze at one\'s reflection. Thus Missy\'s impressions of
herself were hedged with guilt that she might have stayed too long gazing. Oh,
she knew she was quite tall, she knew she was far too thin, she knew her hair
was straight and dark, that her eyes were black-brown, and her nose sadly out of
kilter due to a fall as a child. She knew her mouth drooped down at its left
corner and twisted up at its right, but she didn\'t know how this made her rare
smiles fascinating and her normal solemn expression a clown like
tragicomedy"(Pg.35-36). Missy didn\'t really pay close attention to what she
really looked liked. It didn\'t matter how women appeared in those days as how it
does today. They seem to think that it\'s evil to look at oneself in the mirror,
and that it\'s forbidden for a woman to look at her own image. "Life had
taught her to think of herself as a very homely person, yet something in her
refused to believe that entirely, would not be convinced by any amount of
logical evidence. So each night she would wonder what she looked
like"(Pg.36). She knew what she really looked like, but her conscious was
telling her different. It was like she had something in her that was really
setting her apart from her family and friends. Even in her mid-twenties she was
still treated unfairly. Her mother looked down at her and did not appreciate any
of the things that she did. "Any pip-dreams Drusilla might have harboured
about Missy\'s growing up to snatch the ladies of Missalonghi out of penury via a
spectacular marriage died before Missy turned then; she was always homely and
unprepossessing"(Pg. 39). What her mother pictured Missy to be had been
vanished when Missy was about ten. Her mother lost fate in her before she even
had a chance to prove her decency. Missy also was living in her own fantasy
world. Her mother was against her from reading romance books because it was a
sin to know about love. She was shatter inside for she felt she will never
experience love, thus this made her even more interested in romance and love.

She also grew up into a family where love was evil and bad. She also never felt
that intimate passion that she always wanted to feel. Her mother may have made
her believe in other things that wasn\'t true, but she wasn\'t going to abide by
it. Missy felt that she was in-slaved by her mother and her aunts. Her mother
made her do all the chores even when she was so sick that she couldn\'t move out
of bed. When she got so sick and fainted, her mother and aunt were worrying
about who was going to do the chores. She was like Cinderella who was left
behind to clean and do everything. Even when she left the house to go get
something, she always thought about milking the cows and that she had to hurry
back before her mother would get mad at her. She had such a big responsibility
that she didn\'t have any time for anyone, not even for her self to enjoy.
"Oh let it not be brown! Prayed Missy. I want a scarlet dress! A lace dress
in the sort of red that makes your eyes swim when you look t its that\'s what I
want!"...brown," Drusilla finished at last, and sighed"(Pg.51).

She wanted a brown dress out of all the colors she had to pick from. She always
felt that she matched brown best aside from other colors. The color brown which
made her figure even more darken, is the color that she liked best. "I
understand how disappointing this must be, but the truth of the matter is,

Missy, that no other colour becomes your half so well as brown! In pastels you
look sick, in black you look jaundiced, in navy you are at death\'s door, and the
autumn tones turn you into a Red Indian"(Pg.51). Even her own mother did
not have any confidence in her. She suggests that she