You wouldn’t think two girls who were so different could become good friends, but it turns out they did. It was the summer of 1890 in Ohio. Elizabeth was traveling down the Ohio River after traveling from Germany in a boat and automobile. She was so tired that she thought she would collapse. The boat came to a stop right after they passed a horse barn. The houses were much larger compared to the ones in Germany. Since her family was wealthy they got a large house the colors of a candy cane. Their house was on a hill so they had to climb up stairs built into the hillside. When they got up the hill and into the house three maids greeted them. (One for each person in her family.) Their names and ages were Jessie 22, Jack 19, and Janine 11. Elizabeth wasn’t paying any attention until she heard that there was a maid that was the same age as her, her name was Janine. Unfortunately the maid that would be taking care of her was Jessie.
Jessie why do you get to be Elizabeth’s maid? She’s my age! Well, Mrs.Daus and I talked about it and agreed it would be better if both of you did not become friends. Why! What bad things could possibly happen if we became friends? Elizabeth getting mocked because she’s friends with a poor person. Yes Janine, and Mrs.Daus doesn’t seem like she likes poor people. Well can I at least write letters to her? Yes Janine just be careful around Mrs.Daus.
Mama may I please play with Janine? She seems kind and creative. No, she is so different from you. Starting with you are rich and she’s poor. Why does that matter Mama? Remember you have Jessie for your maid not Janine. I have Janine. Mama please may I play with Janine! Please! No, and that settles this topic Elizabeth.
On January 23, 1849, a young woman walked across the stage of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY. She was given a degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Geneva Medical College. And she happened to be the very first woman to earn the degree. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell. Elizabeth Blackwell was born in England on February 3, 1821. She received her childhood education by private tutor. In ...
Jack can I help you serve dinner tonight? Yes Janine. May I ask why? Um, It’s nothing. We’re late! Janine I forgot that dinner was at 7:00 instead of 7:30. Hurry grab all the food and run. Jack and I made it to the dinner right at 7:00. I went and served Elizabeth first and managed to drop a letter onto her lap without anyone else noticing and finished serving dinner.
I spilled something on my dress so I looked down and saw that on my lap was a letter. I started to open it then realized that it would make to much noise and people would probably see the note and ask whom it was from. After dinner I asked if I could be excused. I was allowed to leave so I went straight to my room to open the letter. I opened the letter and this is what it said. “Dear Elizabeth,
I have been wanting to meet you, but my older sister told me that we were too different to be friends. I am poor and you are rich. I do chores and you don’t. I am American you are German. Those are only a few of are differences. I was wondering if you put the differences aside and risk getting caught and let me come to your bedroom to get to know you better.
P.S. Try not to let anyone see this note!”
I never knew she wanted to meet me! This is great! I have to write a note back right away. But how am I supposed to get the note to her? Oh I have an idea I will sneak into Mama’s room when Janine is cleaning. Yes that will work.
I hope that I will get a note back from her soon. I forgot to tell her how to give it back to me! Now how are we going to get to know each other? Janine go clean Mrs.Daus’ room. Ok Jessie in a minute. I slowly walked away into Mrs.Daus’ room when to my surprise I saw Elizabeth standing there. I didn’t know what to do but started off with saying, “Did you read my note?” She replied back, “Yes of course. I wanted to give you this note. I guess I’ll just tell you.” I was so excited I thought I was going to explode. She told me how from the minute she arrived here in this house she wanted to become my friend. Also that she asked her mom if we could become friends but she said we were too different. Just like what Jessie said to me. Just then we heard a knock at the door. I could tell that I wasn’t the only scared person in the room. We both ran into the closet, and closed the doors. In the closet I learned that we were very different but are differences made each other complete!
Louisa May Alcott and Little Women The morality of the 19th century Victorian Era is renown in modern times as a standard, from which the society of today has deferred from in as many ways as conceivably possible. Yet there were those at that time whom thought even then that the moral integrity of youthful society was degrading at a vicious speed. So when a novel filled with didactic tones, ...
I realized we would be great friends if my mother and her older sister approved. I have an idea. I would tell my mother I wanted to have a ball. I would dress up Janine to make her look like a princess and let her wear one of my dresses. I would introduce her as Princess Janine and let my mother think it was a coincidence that her name was the same as Janine’s. I would tell Janine to act normal and at the end of the ball introduce her as Janine the maid. I went right away to find Janine and tell her the idea.
I agreed to the idea. It would be cool to be treated like a princess. At 7:00 I went to Elizabeth’s room. She did my hair, make up, and gave me a dress to wear. After the ball was over Elizabeth brought me to her mom and said, “This is Janine your maid!” Her mother was so surprised! Elizabeth said, “You can’t judge a book by its cover!”