Rosamond Oliver is described for us as the beautiful young woman whom St. John is in love with. In fact, he won’t allow himself to marry because she wouldn’t make a good missionary wife. We suspect that he also enjoys torturing himself by denying his passion for her. For some time, Rosamond seems to hope that St. John will ask her to marry him, but eventually, she takes a practical approach, gives up, and marries someone else. We can’t blame her for that.
Rosamond Oliver in the Essays