This is the second book in the Emily trio. Emily is now fourteen, and all her friends are going to Shrewsbury High school. Emily wJanuary 2010 review:
This is the second book in the Emily trio. Emily is now fourteen, and all her friends are going to Shrewsbury High school. Emily wants to go too, but her Aunt Elizabeth thinks that it is not necessary for a Murray girl of New Moon to receive any further education. But the rest of Emily’s relatives persuade Aunt Elizabeth to let Emily go for three years. Aunt Elizabeth consents, on one condition; if she goes, Emily will not write any stories in the three years she is at high school. For Emily this is devastating, but her desire to go to high school is so great, that she agrees. She consoles herself with the fact that she can still write poetry. Another thing Aunt Elizabeth insists on, is that Emily will not stay in a boarding house while she is at high school, instead she will live with her despicable Aunt Ruth. Emily is disappointed, for she had wanted to share a room with her best friend Ilse, whom Aunt Ruth will not even allow in the house. But Emily knows it is no use to argue with Aunt Elizabeth; she is lucky even to be allowed to go to high school. The three years Emily spends at high school are full of good and bad times (mostly good), and Emily learns to get along with her Aunt Ruth. During the first two years, Emily faithfully keeps her promise to Aunt Elizabeth, and does not write any stories, except for school assignments of course, but continues to write her poetry, and begins sending them to magazines to be published. She receives many refusal notices, which are discouraging, but do not stop her. Her first poem that is published, is called “Garden Dreams”. She earns so much by her pen that at the beginning of the third year, Aunt Elizabeth decides that Emily, can write stories again. Emily is delighted of course. In her years at high school, Emily receives two proposals of marriage; one from her friend Perry, and one from her cousin Andrew, whom the entire Murray clan has been shoving at Emily. She refuses both. When asked by Aunt Elizabeth what is wrong with Andrew, Emily replies that nothing is wrong with him, but that he is boring, and entirely too good. Aunt Ruth is quite horrified that Perry asked for Emily’s hand, and says that Emily has good sense at least about that. This is an awesome book, I think my favorite Emily novel!...more
This is the last book in the Emily trio. Emily decided to stay at New Moon and write, and so that is just what she is doing. She iJanuary 2010 review:
This is the last book in the Emily trio. Emily decided to stay at New Moon and write, and so that is just what she is doing. She is writing story after story, her mind never running out of ideas. But there are many times when Emily is horrible lonesome, for Teddy and Perry and Ilse are all following their careers elsewhere, leaving her alone. She has loved Teddy for as long as she could remember, but when his letters to her become cold and unfriendly, she loses hope, and her long years of suffering begin. After writing her first novel, Emily is deliriously happy and takes it to her friend Dean to read and tell her his honest opinion. (Mr. Carpenter has died.) Dean lies to her and tells her it is not good, because he is afraid that if her book is published he can’t persuade her to marry him, thereby causing Emily great distress and anguish. While Emily is running down the stairs and outside after burning her book, she trips over Aunt Laura’s sewing basket, and her foot is pierced twice by the sharp scissors, hence rendering her bedridden for the winter. Dean stays with her, and comforts her through the long pain-filled winter, and as if to reward him for this, Emily convinces herself to marry him, even though she knows in her heart that she does not love him. Dean buys the Disappointed House for Emily, and they have a marvelous time furnishing it. But one day, when she is alone in the house, she has a vision of Teddy, and she senses that he is in great danger. She gets him away from the ticket office where he is about to purchase a ticket to come home on a ship. Emily awakens, and then she knows that she belongs completely to Teddy. The next day she discovers that the ship he was to have sailed on hit an iceberg and went down. She saved him from death. Emily tells Dean she cannot marry him after all, and he leaves for some unknown country, never to be seen again by Emily. When Emily hears the news that Teddy and Ilse are engaged, she is heartbroken. Ilse doesn’t even love Teddy, she is just marrying him because he was considered such a fine match. (He had become a world known artist by that time.) Emily tries to forget Teddy; she writes another novel, this one about a family called the Applegaths. It is published, and even Aunt Ruth is proud of her. The two weeks in which Ilse comes home to prepare for her wedding are the hardest that Emily had ever lived through. Ilse wanted Emily to be her bridesmaid, and so she complied, although reluctantly. At the last minute, when Ilse is ready, and all the relatives and Teddy are waiting for the ceremony to begin, an aunt comes in late and tells everyone that Perry was killed in a car accident. Ilse apparently had loved Perry for as long as she could remember, and so she bolted out the window, and ran to the hospital where Perry was, (he was only bruised, he didn’t even have anything broken), and told him that she loved him, and she said she would marry only Perry and no one else. Teddy is angry at being made a fool of, and so he leaves for Montreal, and Emily doesn’t see him for a few years. Then he returns and whistles for Emily like he did when they were children. Emily runs to him, and he tells her that he never loved Ilse, and always loved her, but there had been many misunderstandings between them, several invoked by Teddy’s mother, who had always hated Emily. Then they are married, and Emily is finally with Teddy. I did not like this one as much as the other Emily’s....more
Yes, okay, I read this way after Thanksgiving, but I love this one so much!!! These illustrations compliment the book so well. Everyone should read thYes, okay, I read this way after Thanksgiving, but I love this one so much!!! These illustrations compliment the book so well. Everyone should read this!...more
This was not my favorite Jane Austen; it was kind of slow, and I kept waiting for more to happen. But there were a few parts that were really funny, aThis was not my favorite Jane Austen; it was kind of slow, and I kept waiting for more to happen. But there were a few parts that were really funny, and I like the character of Catherine, even though she is terribly naiive. I would be interested in seeing if there was a movie made for this one......more
I read this for an online literature class I have been doing for the past five weeks. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more Willa CathI read this for an online literature class I have been doing for the past five weeks. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more Willa Cather in the future!...more
Unfortunetly, this was kind of a lame book. In my humble opinion. The whole story line just did not work for me; it just kept rambling on and on and oUnfortunetly, this was kind of a lame book. In my humble opinion. The whole story line just did not work for me; it just kept rambling on and on and on and on and on...
I remember reading somewhere that this was an amazing book; one of the best tragic romances. Tragic; yes. Romance; no. I am convinced that both Heathcliff and Catherine were absolutely bonkers. Actually, there were a lot of people in this book that were bonkers. I did not like any of the characters; I could not relate in any way.