'The Best or None'In the 19th century, references to spinsters noted that they were not uninterested in marriage -- only disinterested in the pool of men that were available. "[M]iddle-class spinsters, as well as their married peers, took ideals of love and marriage very seriously, and ... spinsterhood was indeed often a consequence of their adherence to those ideals. ... They remained unmarried not because of individual shortcomings but because they didn't find the one 'who could be all things to the heart.'"
A song entitled "Poor Old Maids", containing the lyrics "We're all in a willing mind / if the men would be so kind / as to wed the lame and blind, poor old maids"