Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Benefactress By Elizabeth Von Arnim: Quest For Absolute Independence

A wonderful female protagonist, who even in her mid- twenties, refuses to get married in her deep need to be free. A benign, detached brother with a philosophical bend of thoughts. A bossy, pretentious sister-in-regulation who is discovering it difficult to understand why a younger girl blessed with good looks, will not use them to her advantage to find a appropriate match. A maternal uncle from Germany who in the end seems to be an angel of wealth. A steady and responsible younger gentleman who falls in love with the protagonist and desperately tries to conceal his love for her, for concern of being rejected. Set in London and Germany, The Benefactress by Elizabeth Von Arnim is the tale of Anna Estcourt and the individuals who play an influencing role in her life.

Raised by her nonchalant brother and overwhelming sister in legislation Susie, Anna goals of breaking free from their clutches to steer an unbiased life that is really hers. However, lack of cash holds Anna again, until at some point, her maternal uncle Joachim comes visiting the family. They strike a chord with each other and shortly turn out to be good mates. Though differing in ideals, Uncle Joachim understands the state of affairs that has given rise to Anna's need for independence and hopes that, she too, at some point will agree along with his ideology that ?It's a girl's satisfaction to lean on a good husband. It is her happiness to be shielded and guarded by him.? With this belief, Joachim leaves all his possessions to be inherited by Anna, including a sprawling Pomeranian Property in Germany, and he or she becomes conscious of her new found wealth after Joachim passes away a few months later.

With out second thoughts, Anna units out to find the property and with issue, shifts to her new residence. She is initially unable to comprehend the social customs and hierarchy in her new place of dwelling and her relationship with the locals turns a rocky one. However, she falls in love together with her new residence fairly quickly and decides that the easiest way to place her good fortune to make use of is to throw its doorways open to the gentlewomen of the locality. All of her power gets devoted to these distressed girls and the venture takes a physical and emotional toll far greater than what she imagines. Her solely respite among the group of unwelcoming neighbors is Axel Lohm, a young man in his early thirties. He owns an estate and all the independence that Anna goals of, besides that he leads a lonely life. He quickly falls in love with her, but refrains from letting her know, very well aware that she wouldn't reciprocate the feeling for him.

Anna's troubles quickly start to pile up and she or he slowly begins to appreciate that true freedom is extraordinarily demanding and isolating. Within the absence of a companion to share her worries with, it finally dawns on Anna that her dream of absolute independence has its own limits.

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