A story of a woman who had inherited her mother's ""divine disposition"" and who recognized it as her curse, an inability to be a decisive person, and determined to assure her children's freedom, to give them the strength to fight for what they wanted. After her mother's death, Alexandra had been brought up with three other Iowa girls, who accepted her compliance as their due, and planned her life for her, even to her marriage. They were horrified at her rigid measures applied to raising her children, completely misunderstanding her reasons. But she won her end--her children grew up utterly unlike their mother. Adequate fictionalization of an idea behind hetory, though at times the storyteller is smothered under the impetus of the idea. Contemporary Mid-west.