Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Writing Styles in A New England Nun

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Setting

This story about a woman who finds, after waiting for her betrothed for fourteen years, that she no longer wants to get married, is set in a small village in nineteenth-century New England. Critics have often remarked that the setting is particular but also oddly universal as are the themes Freeman chooses to treat. This village is populated with people we might meet nearly anywhere in rural America.

Point of View

"A New England Nun" is told in the third person, omniscient narration. That is, the narrator is not one of the characters of the story yet appears to know everything or nearly everything about the characters, including, at times, their thoughts. For example, the narrator tells us that, after leaving Louisa's house, Joe Dagget "felt much as an innocent and perfectly well-intentioned bear might after his exit from a china shop."

Symbolism

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