Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman began writing in the 1880s. Much of her work concerns the daily realities of life in the provincial New England towns of that era. She is valued today for her insight into the psychological depths of her female characters. "Old Woman Magoun" is about a grandmother's care for her vulnerable and innocent granddaughter, Lily. She successfully protects Lily from her degenerate father until she reaches the age of fourteen, when a chance meeting forces Old Woman Magoun to make a terrible choice. The story raises questions about the dark side of caring for someone: what happens when we presume to know what is best for those in our care?
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American Gothic: An Anthology, 1787-1916, ed. Charles Crow (Blackwell Pub., 1999)
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