From a female perspective, an ideal woman is one who embodies modern womanhood. She is adventurous, empowered, educated, remorseful and hardworking. In The Cavalry Maiden, Durova is an adventurous woman who leaves her lavish lifestyle to explore the world.

She is aware that most upper class Russian women are denied freedom to live their lives and instead live under the watchful eyes of their chaperones. They also do boring activities like needlework and cookery (p.24). She knows and believes that she is more than just another pretty face waiting to be married off to a rich suitor. She cannot stand confinement so she takes off to explore the world.

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