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Jane Field A Novel   By: (1852-1930)

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Jane Field A Novel by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman is a captivating and thought-provoking piece of literature that delves into the complexities of human nature, societal expectations, and the struggles faced by women in the late 19th century.

Set in a small New England town, the novel follows the life of its eponymous protagonist, Jane Field, a young woman who defies conventional gender roles and expectations of the time. As the daughter of a poor farmer, Jane dreams of something greater for herself, and her determination sets her apart from other women in the community.

Freeman, known for her insightful exploration of the female experience, doesn't shy away from portraying the everyday challenges faced by Jane. From her decision to pursue an education to her work as a teacher, Jane's journey is one of constant uphill battles against societal norms and prejudices. The author expertly weaves the narrative, highlighting the strength and resilience of her protagonist in the face of adversity.

What makes this novel particularly poignant is its exploration of the limitations imposed on women during this era. Freeman masterfully exposes the injustices and inequalities faced by women, highlighting the stark contrast between Jane's aspirations and the restrictions placed upon her. Jane's pursuit of her dreams challenges the stereotypical roles assigned to women, emphasizing the importance of individuality and self-determination.

Furthermore, the character development in Jane Field is exceptional. Freeman crafts vibrant and believable characters who evoke a range of emotions in the readers. From Jane's empowering determination to her moments of vulnerability, the characters feel authentic and relatable, making their struggles all the more impactful.

In addition to its rich characterizations, the novel is characterized by its meticulous attention to detail and vivid descriptions. Freeman's prose beautifully captures the essence of the small New England town, immersing readers in a bygone era. The natural surroundings are interwoven into the story, serving as a reflection of Jane's own growth and transformation.

Jane Field A Novel ultimately serves as a timeless commentary on the universal struggle for self-realization and the power of dreams. It shines a light on the lives of women during a pivotal period of history and offers a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged until the very last page. Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman's writing is eloquent, evocative, and subtly provocative, making this novel a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the intricacies of human nature and the fight against societal constraints.

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Jane Field

A Novel


Mary E. Wilkins

Author of "A Humble Romance, and other stories" "A New England Nun, and other stories" "Young Lucretia, and other stories"


New York

Harper & Brothers Publishers

Chapter I

Amanda Pratt's cottage house was raised upon two banks above the road level. Here and there the banks showed irregular patches of yellow green, where a little milky stemmed plant grew. It had come up every spring since Amanda could remember.

There was a great pink lined shell on each side of the front door step, and the path down over the banks to the road was bordered with smaller shells. The house was white, and the front door was dark green, with an old fashioned knocker in the centre.

There were four front windows, and the roof sloped down to them; two were in Amanda's parlor, and two were in Mrs. Field's. She rented half of her house to Mrs. Jane Field.

There was a head at each of Amanda's front windows. One was hers, the other was Mrs. Babcock's. Amanda's old blond face, with its folds of yellow gray hair over the ears and sections of the softly wrinkled, pinky cheeks, was bent over some needle work. So was Mrs. Babcock's, darkly dim with age, as if the hearth fires of her life had always smoked, with a loose flabbiness about the jaw bones, which seemed to make more evident the firm structure underneath... Continue reading book >>

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