The Sisters Jennings

Edna, Eva, and their parents lived in a purple house with turrets. When Edith was born, their mother died. To make sure that his daught...




Edna, Eva, and their parents lived in a purple house with turrets. When Edith was born, their mother died. To make sure that his daughters could never face such a fate, Mr. Jennings locked them in the house where the possibility of death in childbirth could never find them. Edna and Eva, who had experienced normal life before the death of their mother, told Edith of parties and friends and parks and balls. Edith believed they held the same sort of truth as a fairy story. She would play with her dolls (all female) and pretend they were going to a ball or a party, but she knew those things weren't real. Edna and Eva would stare out windows and whisper to each other for hours. Once they were of age, they planned and executed their escape (Edith becoming instrumental in the feminist movement and Eva, having learned how to leave the house at night whenever she pleased without her father's suspicion, had been secretly married for some time and was with child). Edith, who had only ever known the over-protective love of her father and felt a great deal of guilt for the death of her beautiful mother, couldn't bring herself to leave the turreted house. Ever. She remained locked inside long after her father's death. The house caught fire in 1940 and Edith, being unable to bring herself to leave the safety that she had known, perished in it. Eva established a park on the grounds of the house and gave the property to the city.


'But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often through the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot:
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed;
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.'
The Lady of Shalott, Tennyson

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