By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Jane Elton, orphaned as a tender woman, 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 wreck 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 numerous shadings of ethical, spiritual, and civic advantage: the affectionate servant Mary Hull, a pious Methodist; Mr. Lloyd, a sort Quaker; loopy guess, emotional, sympathetic, yet deeply risky; and previous John, bereaved yet clever. finally, A New-England Tale is set the relationship among parenting and governing, and the main position ladies play in shaping a fledgling state.
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40 [Yes, she confronted the cruel enemy, death, as an unshrinking spiritual Amazon with invincible heroic courage. 41 Although Schmidt commences with the biblical heroines, his examples are also taken from contemporary sources42 and include a surprisingly positive attitude to cross-dressers and women warriors: Gleichwohl finden wir manche Heldin in den schwächern Geschlechte: Männer in Weibes- und Weiber in Mannes-Kleidern. 43 [Nevertheless, we find a number of heroines among the weaker sex: men in women’s and women in men’s clothes.
21 Caspar Herbst, Eine Christliche Predigt . . Gehalten: Den 26. May/ in Ihrer Fürstl. Durchl. Haußkirchlein . . (Nuremberg: Jeremias Dümler, ), Fi v. All English translations of biblical passages quoted in this essay are from the King James Bible; all citations in this essay are from the Luther Bible of 1545. 22 On consolation of the dying, see Alexander Bitzel, Anfechtung und Trost bei Sigismund Scherertz: Ein lutherischer Theologe im Dreißigjährigen Krieg (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2002), 146–48.
Witwen. Welche den 16. Februar . . entschlaffen, und . . den 1. Martii . . zu Stendall . . bestattet worden (Magdeburg: Andreas Duncker, 1603), Aiii r. 8 Nigel Llewellyn, The Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual, c. 1500–c. 1800 (London: Reaktion Books, 1991), 18. 9 Jakob Weller, Herrliche Seelen-Ruhe und Freude . . (Dresden: Bergen, 1662), J3 r. 10 See Britta Juliane Kruse, Witwen: Kulturgeschichte eines Standes in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007).