A rather honest look at the joys and woes of spinsterhood, which does its best to accentuate the positive but acknowledges the negative, and in fact, doesn't quite get around it. Spinsterhood may be ""a way of life just as much as marriage"", but ""as long as you remain single, you have to learn to compensate"". That's the gist of it. The positive element is freedom, but the needs of the single woman are many: she needs a home that is a sanctuary; a career as against a job that gives her life purpose and security and status, or an avocation, etc. The author inspects the male of the species -- the bachelors of all sorts, the other men who are not available but may impart interest and strength, and there is some consolation that insight, a ""marriage in microcosm"", is possible. The truth is that the interest here, despite the chin-up barrage of encouragement, still rests with the men and how to assess them at the least. Still, this is a realistic view in the main of the life of a single woman and how it may be lived to good effect -- which while touching on sophisticated aspects momentarily (some bachelors may be homosexual) is essentially aimed at the average ""gal"".