The Search for a Perfect Wife

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Even in our modern times, a man is in need of a woman on his arm who works beside him behind the scenes. He is in need of a woman who is both beautiful and graceful -and who successfully carries out the expectations that come with a fortune.

Nathan was in need of such a woman. He had lived for forty years – and lived them well. He had worked hard at bringing the family business to even greater heights. He had travelled the world and experienced it from both hotel penthouses and handmade tents. He had dined at the most exclusive restaurants as well as at the family diners that cooked up the most exquisite tastes. He dressed in fine cloth, drank fine wine and was driven everywhere by his chauffeur.

But when it came to women, Nathan had been unable to find what he needed. Oh, there were plenty of women who had volunteered to become the Mrs Alden over the years. And some had come close to achieving their goal. The beauty and grace had been there but the steely brain behind the beauty had not. He did not merely want a woman who would grace his arm at functions and politely chatter to the men and women that drove his business. He wanted more than a woman who would concern herself with charities and the business of running his homes. He wanted – no needed – a woman who was his equal intellectually: a woman who would be at his side in business dealings and who would support him during difficult business decisions.

Maybe it was time to look elsewhere beyond the trust fund babies and those that had been groomed from birth to be the perfect hostess. Maybe it was time to look at this from another angle – the business angle. Being the perfect hostess could be learnt – but business acumen comes naturally.

And so the search began – in a most unexpected place.

Where do you think Nathan finds his future wife?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is a response to the Daily Prompt in which bloggers were challenged to take the first sentence from their favourite book and make it the first sentence of their post. My sentence comes from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice). 

33 thoughts on “The Search for a Perfect Wife

  1. Start to an interesting journey in love Colline.
    When Nathan has been married three times, and lived life to its fullest, then maybe I hope his dreams are fulfilled.
    So far it appears he has had a protective egotistical life.
    Just my thoughts Colline, great start to a story though.

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  2. Such is life. The poor man. Lots of money but even then he can’t buy love. I hope he finds what he is looking for. 😀

    Great writing as usual Colline. This would make a great novel. 😀 ♥


      1. Oh, you should for sure Colline. You are such an excellent writer and I am surprised that you haven’t written any novels or books yet. You really should hon. Really! 😀


  3. He reminds me of a friend of mine, who went the “business woman” route and ended up with the “perfect hostess.” He found out he was more comfortable with her than the high-achieving women! Interesting dilemma and a great post, Colline!


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