A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

The Early American ladies Writers sequence deals infrequent works of fiction by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century girls, each one reprinted in its entirety, each one with a foreword via normal Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who locations the unconventional in a old and literary viewpoint. Written in 1822, A New-England story is the 1st of the various novels, stories, and brief journal items Catharine Sedgwick released in the course of her lifetime. the tale of an orphan lady in rural New England and the ethical trials she faces as she grows up, this early instance of the preferred nineteenth-century women's novel presents a different examine the non secular and social weather at this significant interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing a few of the complicated non secular, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to matters of the lady author, A New-England story is a vintage tale of a tender woman's ethical and fabric triumphs.

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As might be expected, her family was regulated according to 'the letter,' but the 'spirit that giveth life' was not there. Religion was the ostensible object of every domestic arrangement; but you might look in vain for the peace and good will which a voice from heaven proclaimed to be the objects of the mission of our Lord. Mrs. Wilson's children produced such fruits as might be expected from her culture. The timid among them had recourse to constant evasion, and to the meanest artifices to hide the violation of laws which they hated; and the bolder were engaged in a continual conflict with the mother, in which rebellion often trampled on authority.

Lloyd was rapidly declining with a consumption. On this day she had, as is not unfrequent in the fluctuation of this disease, felt unusually well. Her cough was lulled by the motion of the carriage, and she had requested her husband to permit her to ride further than his prudence would have dictated. The heat and unusual exertion, proved too much for her. In the evening she was seized with a hemorrhage, which reduced her so much as to render it unsafe to move her. She faded away quietly, and fell into the arms of death as gently as a leaf falleth from its stem, resigning her spirit in faith to him who gave it.

But Mrs. 's tongue was familiar with many texts, that had never entered her understanding, or influenced her heart. Mrs. Wilson continued—"Sister Convers, I feel it to be my duty to warn you—you, the daughter and granddaughter of worthy divines who abhorred all such sinful practices, that you should own that you send your children to dancing-school, astonishes and grieves my spirit. Do you know that Mr. " "It is easy enough," replied Mrs. " Mrs. Wilson's ready answer was prevented by the entrance of Jane's humble friend, who asked, if the ladies had determined what was to be done with the little girl.

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