Everything you need to understand or teach A New England Nun by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman.
"A New England Nun" opens with Louisa Ellis sewing peacefully in her sitting room. It is late afternoon and the light is waning. We see Louisa going about her daily activities calmly and meticulously; she gathers currants for her tea, prepares a meal, feeds her dog, tidies up her house carefully, and waits for Joe Dagget to visit. Joe and Louisa have been engaged for fifteen years, during fourteen of which Joe has been away seeking his fortune in Australia. Louisa has been waiting patiently for his return, never complaining but growing more and more set in her rather narrow, solitary ways as the years have passed.
During his visit, both he and Louisa are described as ill-at-ease. Joe sits "bolt-upright," fidgets with some books that are on the table, and knocks over Louisa's sewing basket when he gets up to leave. He colors when Louisa mentions Lily Dyer,... View more of the A New England Nun Summary