- Religious fervor
- Power to soothe and charm
- Avoidance of impure literature, engravings, paintings, and statuary
- Order in the Home
- Abjuration of fashion
- Excellence in needlework
I then rated him -- sadly, he didn't do nearly as well as I did, though he did have a few more high scores than I did, he was abysmally low in several categories. Kevin claims, however, that as these are meant to be wifely virtues, they're not really meant for him anyway. Men, apparently, aren't expected to attempt to be any more virtuous than they naturally already are. Hmph.
It might be interesting, putting together a list of what I would actually consider spousely (or partnerly) virtues. I'd keep Kindness and Truthfulness and Cheerfulness, and how could I abandon the Power to soothe and charm? Discretion, Discipline, Self-Control and Thrift all seem rather desirable, if sometimes hard to obtain. And Order in the Home sometimes feels like a losing battle.
The real question is what I'd want to add to the list. Courage. Patience. Rational decision-making skills. A passionate heart. Faith. Trust. The ability to compromise. The sense to know when you shouldn't back down from what you truly desire and/or need. What else?