UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Sentimental Structures of Feeling and ‘Queer’ Female Caretaking in Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World (1850)
- Author(s): Ansley, Jennifer
- et al.
After being left by her parents in the care of her unfeeling, economy-minded Aunt Fortune, Ellen Montgomery learns that Fortune has been withholding letters sent to her by her dying mother. Ellen runs, homesick and grief-stricken, to the arms of her best friend and spiritual mentor, Alice Humphreys, who later convinces Fortune to let her deliver one of the kept letters to an ailing Ellen.