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Mr. Emerson's Wife by Amy Belding Brown

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Divia
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Mr. Emerson's Wife by Amy Belding Brown

Postby Divia » Thu August 28th, 2008, 2:08 pm

Lydia Jackson is a spinster(and quite happy with her lot in life) in Plymouth. But things change when she catches the eye of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Now she must decide which path in life she must take. Will she marry and be uprooted from the family and land she loves or will she remain happy as a indepedant spinster?

Lydia agrees to marry Emerson(because everyone agrees it is a perfect match) and she leaves her family and moves to Concord. The book follows Lydia’s life from independent spinster, to young wife(with grand dreams of marriage) to mother and frustrated wife. We see an interesting progression throughout the years as this once independent, strong minded woman, whom also loved philosophy and was any man’s match is reduced to the lowly status of mother and the title of Mr. Emerson’s wife.

I cannot help but think about other women during this time period who gave up themselves in order to marry becuase that is what society demanded of them. How much of themselves did they lose when they became wife and mother? Have things changed? Does the same hold true? Despite all of our progressive thinking do women lose their identies when married?

I stronly recommend this book.
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