Even before she became the wife, she was said to lack ambition, direction, and drive. She was happy just to sit and think her own thoughts, scribble in notebooks, try her hand at drawing and watercolors like the young ladies in nineteenth century novels. That didn’t mean she was lazy. She wasn’t lazy. She worked at the public library. She helped people find all sorts of things — books on Argentina, a history of polar explorations, the text of…