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Like Mary Barton, "Lizzie Leigh" is the story of a fallen woman. Although the title character is marginalized for most of the narrative, appearing only by way of other characters mentioning her and by the allusions to her as "the mother/the shadow," her reappearance by name that occurs in the last section, as well as her mother's ability to nurture her in sorrow, permits Lizzie to return to society in a sense. She arrives at the family farm and lives in a secluded cottage, exiting only when another family experiences sorrow, so in a sense, she seems to me as some sort of patron saint who carries with her always the intense emotional agony that results from trauma and hardship.

Although there are some parallels between this and Mary Barton (which I also reviewed), I find this ending much more fulfilling. Although it is not ideal, the fallen woman is permitted to live, a rare instance, and to perform a task (although menial) within society, that is, to make an appearance whenever a shadow appears. The conclusion was poignant to me and utterly heart-lifting despite the continuation of her sorrow. Through it all, Lizzie manages to reestablish a moral way of life as well as strengthen her faith in God, as demonstrated by her ceaseless praying at the end. For a satisfying conclusion and a quick read, I heartily recommend this short story.

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  • File: 2.6 Mb
  • Ganre: Short Stories
  • Release: 01.10.2006
  • ISBN: 9781425009649
  • Pages 64
  • Rating: 4.01 (104 votes)

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