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Chapter 5: The Voice Coach

For Etta’s daughter Dorothea Dix Eliot (1871-1957), being the wife of the Rev. Earl Morse Wilbur (1866-1956) presents a series of challenges: the cultural shock when they land in a small, sleepy parish in Pennsylvania; the sacrifices required to keep a young seminary alive when her husband becomes the dean of a school and they settle in California; the unexpected difficulties and disappointments in starting a family; and trying to reconcile the competing demands of being a wife and a mother.