Hunter, Bob A
When a man is renowned as a teacher in a particular field, his presence
tends to eclipse that of his spouse in the eyes of his followers. Although
the events surrounding and even the thoughts expressed by Maurice Nicoll
are recorded in print, little is generally known about his wife, Catherine.
It is apparent from the way she lived her life that this is exactly as
she would have preferred. Although she was careful to stay in the background,
however, her career and her attitude to life were equally extraordinary.
A feature notable in the characters of both was the equanimity with which
they sacrificed the security that most couples, especially parents, take
some pains to establish. Unselfishness by individuals for the sake of
an ideal is not too unusual, of course, but in this story the correspondence
of husband and wife's response to fate and, it could be fairly said, the
demands of destiny may strike readers as being exceptional, as it did
those who knew them.