A New England Nun


Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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A New England Nun Symbols


Louisa’s dog Caesar symbolizes Louisa’s belief that a hermetic life is a peaceful one. When he was a puppy, Caesar—then Louisa’s brother’s dog—bit a neighbor’s hand (and the neighbor still has the scars). Given…

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The China Tea Set

The china tea set that Louisa loves symbolizes her willingness to remain unmarried and live alone even though it is not socially customary. Louisa is not particularly wealthy—although she lives by herself in her own…

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