In George Bernard Shaw's Candida, the title character exhibits many of the traits of a "new woman," but she nevertheless embodies a woman firmly in step with Victorian traditions and values of late nineteenth-century England. Candida dutifully stays at home, attends to the needs of her husband, the Reverend James Mavor Morell (a Christian Socialist clergyman of the Church of England, and a "great baby," as Shaw describes him), performs obligatory household duties, and takes care of the children.
Shaw describes her on her first entrance in the play:
Candida has just come in, and is looking at them with an amused maternal indulgence which is her characteristic expression. She is a woman of 33, well built, well nourished, likely, one guesses, to become matronly later on, but now quite at her best, with the double charm of youth and motherhood. Her ways are those of a woman who has found that she can always manage people by engaging their affection, and who does so frankly and instinctively...
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