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Red Rose and Tiger Lily or, In a Wider World   By: (1854-1914)

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In "Red Rose and Tiger Lily or, In a Wider World" by L. T. Meade, readers are taken on an enlightening journey that explores the complexities of class divisions and the pursuit of personal dreams against societal expectations. Set in late 19th-century England, Meade skillfully weaves a tale of two young girls from different walks of life whose paths cross in unexpected and life-changing ways.

The story revolves around the contrasting lives of Rose and Lily. Rose belongs to an aristocratic family, raised in privilege and sheltered from the harsh realities of the world. Lily, on the other hand, is an orphaned girl struggling to survive in the slums of London. Despite their vastly different circumstances, fate brings them together, creating an unlikely friendship that becomes the backbone of the narrative.

What makes "Red Rose and Tiger Lily" stand out is Meade's artful portrayal of the stark disparities between the upper and lower classes. Through her characters, she offers a poignant commentary on the social barriers that stifle individual growth and happiness. As the girls navigate their respective worlds, readers witness their battles against societal expectations, including issues of gender roles, economic disparity, and the limitations that gatekeepers impose on their aspirations.

Meade's storytelling is vivid and immersive, transporting readers to the Victorian era with rich descriptions and authentic dialogues. The use of contrasting settings, from the luxurious estates of the upper class to the gritty streets of London, reinforces the striking differences in the characters' lives. Moreover, the author's attention to historical accuracy adds an extra layer of authenticity, allowing readers to gain insight into the social fabric of that time.

The character development in this novel is impressive, particularly in Rose and Lily. As they face numerous trials and tribulations, their growth as individuals is both inspiring and relatable. Both girls display admirable resilience, challenging the confines of their predetermined roles and striving for personal fulfillment. Meade beautifully captures the complexities of their emotions, allowing readers to empathize and root for their dreams to come true.

While the narrative is primarily focused on these two central characters, the supporting cast brings further depth to the story. Each character is well-drawn, contributing to the broader exploration of social issues and serving as a reflection of the society they inhabit. From the endearing west-enders to the unyielding upper-class elites, Meade ensures that every character adds something significant to the overarching themes.

"Red Rose and Tiger Lily or, In a Wider World" is an absorbing and thought-provoking novel that transcends its time period. L. T. Meade masterfully captures the essence of Victorian England, tackling relevant social issues that remain pertinent today. Through the eyes of Rose and Lily, readers are reminded that dreams and aspirations are not limited by social class, urging us to question societal norms and embrace the vast possibilities that lie beyond our predetermined roles.

First Page:

RED ROSE AND TIGER LILY

Or, In a Wider World

By MRS. L. T. MEADE

AUTHOR OF

A BUNCH OF CHERRIES, A RING OF RUBIES, BAD LITTLE HANNAH, ETC.

"Nothing is required but to set the right way to work, but of course the really important thing is to succeed." Story of the Poor Tailor.

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1894, BY

THE CASSELL PUBLISHING COMPANY

All rights reserved

[Illustration: NAN AND ANNIE ARRIVE. Red Rose and Tiger Lily. Frontispiece ( Page 4.)]

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. NAN'S GOLDEN MANE 1

II. CRUSHED 8

III. TWO PROVERBS 16

IV. THE COLTS ROBIN AND JOE 23

V. NOT MISSED 32

VI. FRIAR'S WOOD 42

VII. THE STORY BOOK LADY 53

VIII. ALONE IN THE WOOD 63

IX. "I BROKE MY WORD," SAID ANNIE 70

X. AN AWFULLY FRIVOLOUS GIRL 79

XI. THE DIAMOND RING 88

XII. THE LAND OF PERHAPS 97

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