Lillie’s life was hard, but we never heard her complain except in her letters to her friend Maud. But I love the character of Lillie because of her fortitude and strength, not only for herself but she gave it to her family as well. Her waking hours were long and hard but she still found time to be creative, something that gave her great joy. Writing of any kind has to be creative, or no one would read your words. When you read Sargent’s Lady, can you identify with Lillie? She’s a formidable character.