that these shortcomings will be overlooked by the friends of the Eight. Cousins, and she will try to make amends in a second volume, which shall attempt to show . Eight Cousins by Louisa M. Alcott. Preface. The Author is quite aware of the defects of this little story, many of which were unavoidable, as it first appeared. Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women - Cousins 01 - Eight wm-greece.infoc . Women Louisa May Alcott This eBook is designed and published by Planet PDF.
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Eight Cousins. by Louisa May Alcott. A frail and despondent orphan, grieving for her recently dead parents, is sent to live on the Aunt Hill to be raised by six very. Free download of Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle. Read, write reviews and more. PDF - Eight Cousins. Grade 6 Up-At the age of 13, Rose finds herself orphaned and living with two elderly aunts on "Aunt Hill" where she is treated as delicately.
Major themes[ edit ] Each chapter describes an adventure in Rose's life as she learns to help herself and others make good choices. Rose must define for herself her role as the only woman of her generation in her family and as an heiress in Boston's elite society. Motherless for most of her life, year-old Rose looks to her many aunts, her friends, and the housemaid Phebe as feminine role models.
At the same time, she is suddenly confronted with a male guardian and seven male cousins, none of whom she knows well, after losing her beloved father, the only man in her life. Like all of Alcott's books for young people, the story takes a high moral tone. Various chapters illustrate the evils of cigar-smoking, " yellow-back " novels, high fashion, billiards , and patent nostrums , while promoting exercise, a healthy diet, and wholesome experiences of many kinds for girls as well as boys. Alcott uses the novel to promote education theories and feminist ideas, many of which appear in her other books.
For example, in choosing Rose's wardrobe, Uncle Alec rejects current women's fashions such as corsets , high heels, veils, and bustles in favor of less restrictive, healthier clothing. Although he discourages her from the professional study of medicine, he educates her in physiology , a subject her aunts consider inappropriate for girls, so she can understand and take charge of her own health.
Rose is prepared for a career as a wife and mother, yet is taught that she must take active, thoughtful control of her fortune so she can use it and social position to the best advantage of the larger community. Written in an age when few women had control of their own money, property, or destinies, Alcott's portrayal of Rose's upbringing is a good deal more revolutionary than 21st-century readers may realize.
The sequel to Eight Cousins is Rose in Bloom , which continues Rose's story into young adulthood, depicting courtship and marriage, poverty and charity, transcendental poetry and prose, and illness and death among her family and friends.
Characters[ edit ] Rose Campbell: The central character of the novel is the daughter of the recently deceased George Campbell, one of six Campbell brothers who are nephews of Aunts Plenty and Peace Campbell. She is heiress to his considerable fortune.
The Campbells, wealthy residents of Boston, are of Scottish descent, and some of them are engaged in the China trade.
She has never known her mother and has lived apart from the rest of the Campbell family all her life. As the story opens, she is mourning the death of her father and awaiting with apprehension the arrival of her unknown guardian, Alec Campbell.
She speaks French fairly well, and is slightly vain as becomes apparent when her uncle wishes her to refrain from the wearing of tight belts around her waist. An invalid, she has a tragic history.
Universally beloved by the family, she is the Mary to Aunt Plenty's Martha. Myra Campbell: The only sister of the original Campbell sisters. She is a widow and we never learn her husband's name.
Myra is a gloomy, self-absorbed hypochondriac, obsessed with medicines and mortality. Her presence is tolerated rather than welcomed by the rest of the family. Aunt Jane is a stern disciplinarian, utterly lacking a sense of humor.
But she is completely reliable. Her bark is worse than her bite, and Rose comes to like and trust her.
Clara is a social butterfly, completely absorbed in Boston's high society. Jessie Campbell: Wife of Uncle Jem, a sea captain.
Jessie has raised four sons — Archie, Will, Geordie, Jamie — almost without the assistance of her husband, who is always away at sea.
Steady, wise, and loving, Jessie is Rose's favorite aunt and the nearest substitute she has to a mother. Jessie is the aunt most trusted by Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec. A seafaring doctor, he became Rose's guardian when her father George died. Myra is a gloomy, self-absorbed hypochondriac, obsessed with medicines and mortality. Her presence is tolerated rather than welcomed by the rest of the family.
Aunt Jane is a stern disciplinarian, utterly lacking a sense of humor. But she is completely reliable. Her bark is worse than her bite, and Rose comes to like and trust her.
Clara is a social butterfly, completely absorbed in Boston's high society. Jessie Campbell: Wife of Uncle Jem, a sea captain. Jessie has raised four sons — Archie, Will, Geordie, Jamie — almost without the assistance of her husband, who is always away at sea. Steady, wise, and loving, Jessie is Rose's favorite aunt and the nearest substitute she has to a mother. Jessie is the aunt most trusted by Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec. A seafaring doctor, he became Rose's guardian when her father George died.
He has never married; we are led to assume that the great love of his life was Rose's mother, who chose to marry George. The aunts are nervous about or even opposed to some of Alec's ideas, but they come to trust him implicitly. He is engaged in the China trade and has a warehouse on the Bay full of Asian treasures.
A trifle henpecked by his masterful wife, he spends most of his time in his counting-house. He is very fond of Rose and secretly hopes that she will marry one of his sons.
Jem is a sea captain who makes a surprise appearance toward the end of the book. Stephen: Married to Clara and father to Rose's cousin Charlie.
His profession is never specified. He lives in India, perhaps driven from home by his distaste for Clara's propensity for high society. Stephen never makes an appearance in Eight Cousins. George: Recently deceased father of Rose, for whom she grieves deeply. Uncle Alec and he "fell out" because they loved the same woman.
Years later they met and made up, and George asked Alec to look after Rose if anything happened to him. A sixth brother-in-law, Aunt Myra's deceased husband, is never named. Charles C. Age He is the spoiled only child of Stephen and Clara—spoiled by his too-indulgent mother, with no father present to give him guidance. Charlie and Archie are inseparable friends and lead the way in all exploits. Stephen Steve : Mac's younger brother.
A good-natured though rather conceited dandy, he idolizes Charlie and copies him in everything, not always to his own advantage.
William Will : Jem and Jessie's second son. George Geordie : Jem and Jessie's third son.