By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
The Early American girls Writers sequence bargains infrequent works of fiction via eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ladies, every one reprinted in its entirety, each one with a foreword by way of basic Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who locations the unconventional in a historic and literary point of view. 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 offers a distinct examine the non secular and social weather at this significant interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing some of the complicated non secular, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to issues of the girl author, A New-England story is a vintage tale of a tender woman's ethical and fabric triumphs.
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Elton's efforts. She looked upon herself as a humble instrument; but she was a most efficient one. She had a rare and remarkable knack at applying rules, so that her life might be called a commentary on the precepts of the Gospel. Mary's practical religion had, sometimes, conveyed a reproach (the only reproach a Christian may indulge in) to Mrs. " Mrs. " Happily for our little friend, Mary was not to be removed far from her; an agreeable situation was, unexpectedly, offered to her grateful acceptance.
Happily for her, her humble friend mentioned in the beginning of her history, Mary Hull, returned on that day, after having performed the last act of filial duty. Jane poured all her sorrows into Mary's bosom, and felt already a degree of relief that she had not believed her condition admitted. Such is the elastic nature of childhood; its moral, like its physical constitution, is subject to the most sudden changes. " She did not soften the trials of dependance upon a sordid and harsh nature. She told her what demands she would have on her integrity, her patience, and her humility.
Her health seemed amended, and her spirits refreshed; and when Mr. Lloyd proposed that they should travel, she cheerfully consented. " As she prophesied, her sufferings were mitigated, but it was but too manifest that no permanent amendment was to be expected. The disease made very slow progress; one would have thought it shrunk from marring so young and so fair a work. Her spirit, too, enjoyed the freedom and beauty of the country. As they passed up the fertile shores of the Connecticut, Rebecca's benevolent heart glowed with gratitude to the Father of all, at the spectacle of so many of her fellow-creature's enjoying the rich treasures of Providence; cast into a state of society the happiest for their moral improvement, where they had neither the miseries of poverty, nor the temptations of riches.