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Why can't I just choose one character and be done with it?
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Well, I have to say that both fictional female characters, made a huge impact on me as a young girl growing up in rural southwestern Ontario.
I first met these two characters through books given to me on my twelfth birthday. These characters were quite opinionated, vocal and struggling to find their voices amidst a world of adults, peers and adolescent selves.
While Josephine March had a family of parents, siblings, an elder, plus neighbours, Anne Shirley was an orphan who, eventually, won the hearts of an Island brother and sister who needed some help on the farm.
Both young women had great imaginations, a way with words and life's daily challenges, including rather frugal financial environments.
These storied characters added a glimpse into times past along with an enduring awareness of change in those adolescent years. I read and re-read those books as I progressed through those growing up years, reassured to know that Jo & Anne had been through some of the same and more. Thanks to Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery for the stories of Jo and Anne!