5 famous classics with iconic lovable sisters – A blog in the celebration of the National ‘Siblings Day’
Pride and Prejudice
Emma Woodhouse lives with her doting father and is mistress of the house at quite a young age as her mother passed away long before and her elder sister Isabella is happily married and lives in London.
Mr. Woodhouse is an old man with settled habits who doesn’t like things to change. Emma, having everything a girl of her age could wish is left on her own to find some occupation and amusement for herself
Emma befriends a pretty, orphan girl called Harriet who is studying at a boarding school in the village and takes it in her head and plays the role of matchmaker. Despite Mr. Knightley’s cautioning her against doing anything to propel the match, she persuades her to say no to the marriage proposal by a respectable young man, Mr. Martin to whom Harriet is actually infatuated with. Emma successfully convinces Harriet about her being in love with Mr. Elton. But alas, Mr. Elton declares himself to be in love with Emma. She swiftly rejects him but her mind was left confused and guilty for poor Harriet
he persuades her to say no to the marriage proposal by a respectable young man, Mr. Martin to whom Harriet is actually infatuated with. Emma successfully convinces Harriet about her being in love with Mr. Elton. But alas, Mr. Elton declares himself to be in love with Emma. She swiftly rejects him but her mind was left confused and guilty for poor Harriet
Meanwhile, a new character, Frank Churchill, comes to the village and everybody thinks him the most suitable match for Emma. Frank, who is handsome, an heir to his maternal uncle whose surname he has adopted and well-behaved soon becomes a part of Emma’s circle of friends
Another addition to the circle is a beautiful and accomplished girl of Emma’s age called Jane. Jane is an orphan and have been at school to attain skills as would enable her to earn her livelihood by becoming a governess. She has come to visit her aunt and grandmother who are very good friends of the Woodhouses
Though Emma and Frank do like talking to each other, and to every other eye they seem to be flirting with each other, Emma’s actual intention is to secure Frank for Harriet. But, after many interesting ups and downs, a secret is finally revealed: Frank Churchill has been secretly engaged for last six months to none other than Jane and it was after Jane that he came to the village in the first place
Emma’s friends feel bad for Emma and Emma feels bad for Harriet, but as much as Emma’s feelings were untouched by Frank, Emma discovers that Harriet also does not have any tender feelings for Frank
Read to know how all these confusions are settled and who was the real suitor of Harriet, the one where her love has always been.
Emma also founds someone who knows and understands her more than what she knows about herself and love her truly for the way she is and her love for him was also evinced much to her surprise that it has always been there except she hasn’t known.
The Mill on the Floss
Mr and Mrs Tulliver enjoy a prosperous life in rural 1820’s England. Mr Tulliver operates a water mill on the river Floss that has been in his family for generations.
The Tulliver’s have two children; Tom and Maggie.
Mr Tulliver indulges Maggie’s affection unconditionally, calling her his ‘little wench’, but not her ambition.
Though Tom is less studious than Maggie, Mr.Tulliver decides to pay for Tom to have additional education. With the visits to see Tom at school, she befriends Philip Wakem, the son of her father’s enemy.
When Mr Tulliver learned new plans of irrigation that may affect his mill, he launches into litigation. His side of case was lost and the legal costs bankrupted him. His health deteriorated under this stress.
The bond of Philip and Maggie later strengthened with their secret meetings and walks. Tom discovered their meetings, cruelly upbraided Philip, and made Maggie swear not to see Philip again.
Tom amassed enough money to pay off Mr. Tulliver’s debts and having his pride restored he run on his rival and by the next day Mr. Tulliver passes away.
Several years pass, during which Mr Tulliver dies. Maggie comes to stay with her cousin, Lucy and experience the life of cultured leisure. This includes long hours conversing and playing music with Lucy’s suitor, Stephen Guest, a prominent St Ogg’s resident.
Stephen and Maggie become attracted to each other against their rational judgements. The complication is compounded by Philip Wakem’s friendship with Lucy and Stephen; he and Maggie are reintroduced and Philip’s love for her is rekindled.
Lucy is determined to soften her cousin Tom’s resolve and bring about a happy union between Maggie and Philip and works on a plan to throw Philip and Maggie together on a short rowing trip down the Floss but Stephen unwittingly takes the sick Philip’s place.
They are taken on board and during the trip to Mudport, Maggie struggles between her love for Stephen and her duties to Philip and Lucy, she realizes it would be the betrayal of those they care most for and there would be a horrible social price to pay.
Upon arrival in Mudport she rejects Stephen and makes her way back to St Ogg’s. Although she immediately goes to Tom for forgiveness, he roughly sends her away, telling her that she will never again be welcomed under his roof. Lucy and Philip forgive her, in a moving reunion and in an eloquent letter, respectively.
Maggie’s brief exile ends when the river floods. Having struggled through the waters in a boat, she sets out to rescue Tom. In a brief tender moment, the brother and sister are reconciled from all past differences. When their boat being capsized, the two drown in an embrace, thus giving the book its Biblical epigraph: “In their death they were not divided”.
The women in White
Walter Hartright, a young art teacher, encounters and gives directions to a mysterious and distressed woman dressed entirely in white, lost in London.
Soon afterward, he travels to Limmeridge House where he has been hired as a drawing master.
Walter’s students were Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, her devoted half-sister.
Walter realises that Laura bears an astonishing resemblance to the distressed mysterious woman in white he encountered before he came here.
Over the next few months, Walter and Laura fall in love, despite Laura’s betrothal to Sir Percival Glyde, Baronet.
Upon realising this, Marian advises Walter to leave Limmeridge.
Laura and Glyde marry and at Laura’s request Marian comes to reside with her.
Laura’s refusal to give away her fortune to fix his financial issues and the fear over the woman in white, Anne Catherick who was continuously attempting to meet Laura to disclose a secret about Glyde, he conspires along with his friend named Fosco to use the resemblance between Laura and Anne to exchange their two identities.
Marian overhears part of this plan but becomes soaked by rain and become affected with Typhus fever.
While Marian is ill, Laura is tricked into travelling to London, and the plan is accomplished.
Anne Catherick succumbs to her illness and is buried as Laura while Laura is drugged and conveyed to the asylum as Anne.
Meanwhile, Walter has returned and the three live incognito in London, making plans to legally restore Laura’s identity.
Read the gripping psychological thriller to know how this trio establishes the truth win over the diabolical team of the story.
Four teenaged sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their mother live in a new neighborhood with their father as a pastor, miles from home, involved in the American Civil War.
The poverty leads Meg and Jo March, the elder two, to work in order to support the family.
Their neighbour, Laurie shares a strong friendship with the girls and they all together explore their days with lots of fun and amusement with side by side nurturing their talents as competitions and plays.
As days passed, Laurie falls in love with Jo and when he proposed, Jo rejects him and having broken his heart which in turn shattered hers more she confides in her mom telling her that she loves Laurie and that he is her best friend but that she couldn’t love him in the romantic way.
Jo decides she needs a break and goes to New York and she becomes a governess in a boarding school but as Beth’s health has seriously deteriorated, Jo returns to her home and devotes her entire time to the care of her dying sister.
With the news of Beth’s death, Laurie encounters Amy and they meet for consolation and their romance grows. With them united, the coldness between Jo and Laurie breaks and their subdued strong friendship returns back as strong as before to the happiness of both their hearts.
Little Women has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It can be attributed as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.
In all the mentioned novels there lies a pair of iconic lovable sisters. The tenderness in their affection and care towards each other will be profound and thereby will enamour you and make you celebrate this special bond – Siblings – Brothers and Sisters – either by family or by friends.
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