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By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

The Early American ladies Writers sequence deals infrequent works of fiction through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century girls, each one reprinted in its entirety, every one with a foreword by means of common Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who areas the unconventional in a old 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 woman 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 spiritual and social weather at this significant interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing a few of the advanced spiritual, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to matters 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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It was not now, as it used to be when they were girls: nowa-days, girls must have merino shawls, and their winter hats, and summer hats, and prunella shoes, and silk stockings;—it was quite impossible to be decent without them. Besides, she added, as she did not live in the same place with Jane, it was not natural she should feel for her. It was her decided opinion, that Jane had better be put out at once, at some place where she could do light work till she was a little used to it; and she would advise too, to her changing her name, the child was so young she could not care about a name, and she should be much mortified to have it known, in the town of , that her daughters had a cousin that was a hired girl.

She could not oppose a strong current. She had not energy to avert an evil, though she would have borne any that could have been laid on her, patiently. She knew her husband's affairs were embarrassed; she saw him constantly incurring debts, which she knew they had no means of paying; she perceived he was gradually sinking into a vice, which, while it lulls the sense of misery, annihilates the capacity of escaping from it—and yet she silently, and without an effort, acquiesced in his faults. They lived on, as they had lived, keeping an expensive table, and three or four servants, and dressing as usual.

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. Jane had been gently led in the bands of love. She had been taught even more by the example than the precepts of her mother. She had seen her mother bear with meekness the asperity and unreasonableness of her father's temper, and often turn away his wrath with a soft answer.

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