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!