Moods, chapter 1- Sylvia

I loved this description of the main character, Sylvia. Knowing how autobiographical Louisa’s books were makes it even more more interesting. I wish I knew where reality ends and fiction begins. Here’s how she describes Sylvia:

The book, of course, is meant to focus on how one’s moods can affect one’s life and I remember how moody I used to be. Fortunately, things have calmed down quite a bit since I’ve gotten older!

I also thought it was interesting how Sylvia thought about men and how the average man didn’t seem at all interested in a woman’s inner life. In fact, it all seemed like a game. I remember that chapter in Little Women, “Meg Goes to Vanity Fair” and all the games she and her friend played to attract men at the party and how Meg eventually found that all to be wanting.

I would have found it very difficult to be a 19th century woman!

p.s. Louisa was so transparent in the way she wrote about people. Obviously it didn’t embarrass her that Emerson or Thoreau might recognize themselves in print!

3 Replies to “Moods, chapter 1- Sylvia”

  1. If they had recognized themselves they should have taken it as a compliment. 🙂 Louisa was enchated by young girl Bettina’s letters to Goethe, when he was more than old enough to be her father. I remember that I read something about it in her journals. She could relate to those letters for she admired Emerson the same way, well, to be said in simple words – she had crash on him. 🙂

    I think that Sylvia might be amalgam of all four sisters, moody like Loisa, musical like Lizzie, gracious like May, talented actress like Anna.

    I can relate to many things in Moods, I’ve always been restless, moody, starting things with enthusiasm and a lot of energy, only to lose my interest soon -before I would finish them. I’ve been working on that, forcing myself to get things done. Now, in my thirties – I’m still working on that. 🙂

    1. It gets better when you get into your 50s. 🙂 I too am a great starter and poor finisher but have been working really hard to fix that and finish more stuff than I used to.

      Cool that Sylvia may be a combination of all 4 sisters – I will watch for that as I read.

      I do recall Louisa’s fascination with Bettina and that she equated her feelings for Emerson with that. It’s funny though – she hated having her privacy invaded by her fans yet had no problem sharing her life with the whole world. Such a mass of contradictions. As Mr. Spock would say, “fascinating.” 🙂

  2. I’ll take your word for that. 🙂 (Get in control over your moods in fifties.)

    That is a very good point that Louisa was fiercly private, while at the same time, she was transcribing her real life and intimate feelings in her fiction. Can I use it in my paper? 🙂

    Who is Mr.Spock?

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