It doesn't take long for them to realize that living among the "proper" ladies is not for them. Even sweet Charlotte is willing to do anything to get back home. (Freeman, 1887)

The author analyzes the way "upper-class" women gain their sense of identity by taking a charitable interest in their lower-class neighbors. It is this sense of moral superiority that is actually a form of take-over and domination since it is purchased at the expense of others. (Judith Fetterley, 2003)

Mistaken Charity focuses on womens' integrity, courage and, at times, privation.

In this story, Freeman shows how "rebellion" can be sometimes good and right.


Freeman, M. (1887). A mistaken charity: taken from "a humble romance and other stories."

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Judith Fetterley, M.P. (2003). Writing out of place. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Marsha Saxton, F.H. (1987). With wings. New York: Feminist...
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