Study Guide

Little Miss Spry in The Female Man

By Joanna Russ

Little Miss Spry

As the old, unmarried woman who lives in the apartment below Jeannine's, Little Miss Spry appears in the novel just long enough for Jeannine to catch sight of her "small, wrinkled, worried, old face, wispy white hair, and a body like a flour sack done up in a black shapeless dress" (1.10.9). She represents Jeannine's own worst fears about growing old and ugly as a spinster.