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Brotherly Love Shewing That as Merely Human It May Not Always Be Depended Upon   By: (1775-1851)

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In "Brotherly Love: Shewing That as Merely Human It May Not Always Be Depended Upon," Mrs. Mary Martha Sherwood explores the complexities and contradictions of the human capacity for compassion and familial bonds. Through a series of interconnected stories, Sherwood delves into the intricacies of sibling relationships and the various emotions that can arise within them.

The book's strength lies in its examination of the flawed nature of brotherly love. Sherwood presents a realistic portrayal of the complexities that can arise among siblings, challenging the notion of an idealistic and unconditional bond. She skillfully portrays the diverse dynamics and conflicts within different families and effectively captures the nuances of human emotions.

The characters in this collection of stories are well-developed and relatable, making them easily resonate with readers. Sherwood succeeds in portraying the flaws and vulnerabilities of her characters, revealing their struggle to maintain harmonious relationships. This results in an honest and thought-provoking exploration of the fragility of human connections.

Throughout the book, Sherwood skillfully employs vivid descriptions and evocative language, enhancing the readers' immersion into the narratives. Her prose is elegant and engaging, effortlessly transitioning between poignant moments and lighthearted episodes. Additionally, the pacing of the stories is well-balanced, maintaining the reader's interest throughout.

However, the book does have a few shortcomings. The overarching theme of brotherly love is occasionally overshadowed by intricate plotlines, which can be overwhelming and somewhat convoluted. Additionally, some stories lack a clear resolution, leaving the readers wanting more closure.

Despite these minor criticisms, "Brotherly Love" is an introspective and illuminating exploration of the complexities of sibling relationships. Mrs. Mary Martha Sherwood's insightful storytelling and well-developed characters make this book a captivating read. It serves as a reminder that even the most cherished bonds can falter under the weight of human imperfections, sparking introspection and reflection among its readers.

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That as merely human it may not always be depended upon.









It was at that time of year when leaves begin to lose their green hue, and are first tinctured with a brown shade that increases rather than decreases their beauty, that Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer received a letter from a brother of Mrs. Mortimer's, at Portsmouth, requiring such immediate attention that it was thought advisable that the answer should be given in person and not in writing, and without a day's loss of time. So it was determined that Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer should leave their home, even as soon as the following morning, to visit their brother at Portsmouth, and that they then should settle the business for which they went as quickly as possible, that their absence from home need not be prolonged unnecessarily, nor indeed for any length of time. It did not take long to arrange this part of the affair, and what packing was requisite was also done quickly, but the point which required most attention and thought was, what was to become of Marten and his young brother Reuben while their papa and mamma were away. "I have never left them before," said their mamma, "and I feel somewhat anxious about their being left now... Continue reading book >>

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