By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Jane Elton, orphaned as a tender lady, is going to reside along with her aunt Mrs. Wilson, a egocentric and overbearing girl who practices a repressive Calvinism. of their rural New England village, Jane grows up craving to damage loose from Mrs. Wilson's tyranny and locate her position as a citizen of the evolving American Republic. She is helped by way of her encounters with characters who embrace a variety of shadings of ethical, spiritual, and civic advantage: the affectionate servant Mary Hull, a pious Methodist; Mr. Lloyd, a sort Quaker; loopy wager, emotional, sympathetic, yet deeply risky; and previous John, bereaved yet clever. eventually, A New-England Tale is ready the relationship among parenting and governing, and the most important function girls play in shaping a fledgling state.
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