Our wholesome convictions can cannonball us past the most insidious and invidious conditions to outstanding success.
Artemisia, the 17 century woman painter, is an example of this: Her mother died when she was 12, she was of lower class origin and grew up in a rough, sometimes violent, household. She was raped as a teenager and later confronted her rapist, a member of the aristocracy, in a greatly publicized rape trial. Society ostracized her for her stand. In spite of this, she went on to become an accomplished, lucrative painter, who obtained aristocratic commissions from all over Europe.