Women in Chinese society are still considered to be a possession of the man or are looked upon has servants. Unlike the June Cleaver's of days gone by, the women of today now busily juggle careers, family and household responsibilities, and play the role of soccer mom among many other things.

'The Ostler' is written by Wilkie Collins (1824-89), a Victoriannovelist. Jude's inexperience with women is a disadvantage whem he meets Arabella.