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- November 20, 2012 by gmamia
- The Richer, the Poorer by Dorothy West
"I now follow the rules not out of fear, but out of gratitude" (Heather King).
Am I fearful, no. Am I gracious for finding a story to share, yes. “I now follow the rules not out of fear, but out of gratitude” (Heather King). There lived two sisters, Bess and Lottie. The 1995 Dorothy West story, “The Richer, the Poorer” intersects the lives of two sisters who drifted apart. In the end sisters live together once again. “Lottie, trapped by the blood tie, knew she would not only have to send for her sister, but take her in when she returned. It didn’t seem fair that Bess should reap the harvest of Lottie’s lifetime of self-denial.”
Earlier on, Bess foolishly wandered around the world with her husband. Like many free spirits, Bess has few things but has enjoyed life. Lottie lives a careful, comfortable, and good life. Things like good clothes and a nice home are important to Lottie. Is Lottie the happier of the two sisters because of all she has? The story parallels Charles Dickens, “The Scrooge” because in the end Lottie sees a woman she despises reflected in her polished lifestyle. Sister’s visit caused this radical change. Bess ignores the dust free furniture, perfect turkey, clean house, walk- in closet full of clothes. Bess has lived where few people have been. She lived by the love bestowed in the poorest of places. Lottie comes to the radical conclusion that she has not been living the high life after all. Bess’ stories of rich people, most of them lowly, all of them magnificent lead Lottie to believe “can’t buy me love.” Money is poverty in the eyes of God. “The Richer, The Poorer”