Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part III

A Guest Post by TraceySo, most of the cat is out of the bag; Elsie nearly dies before the book wraps up. The last piece of the story involves Elsie's extreme reluctance to do anything of a secular nature on the sabbath. Her only acceptable Sunday diversions are reading the bible and The Pilgrim's Progress (a religious allegory). So, of course, when Horace asks Elsie to read him secular story on Sunday, she refuses, saying its against God's law. Remember that Elsie has already run into pro … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part II

A Guest Post by TraceyThis is the point in the book(s) where the chapters all start running together. This time I will summarize the events from chapter 8 of book one through chapter 3 of book two, spoil the ending, touch on some themes, and compare Elsie to other books.Picking up where we left off, Elsie and Papa (Horace) are all sweetness and shiny-happy. Horace has no major beefs with his obedient little daughter, although he does keep her on a pretty tight leash. Elsie still cries at … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part I

A Guest Post by TraceyMy name is Tracey and I write a blog describing my religious journey through local churches. In my blog surfing I became interested in the Elsie Dinsmore series, so I borrowed books 1 and 2 from the library. Functionally, I found them more like one long story than two, so I read them in succession. I would like to present an adult, outside (non-homeschooled non-evangelical) perspective on these first two books. The books I have read are, as far as I can tell, the … [Read more...]