Heller's surprising ability to get into the mind of a middle-aged spinster also illustrates her strong talent for imaginative empathy.
The old spinster is in a bad mood today.
Never more than a nominal wife at most, the unfortunate Stella commonly passed for his mistress till the day of her death (in her will she writes herself spinster), bearing her doom with uncomplaining resignation, and consoled in some degree by unquestionable proofs of the permanence of his love, if his feeling for her deserves the name.
Abused spinster of a friend!
The social reformer of the past is depicted as a dour spinster wielding an axe to break barrels of "Demon Rum."