A lovely female protagonist, who even in her mid- twenties, refuses to get married in her deep need to be free. A benign, indifferent brother with a philosophical bend of mind. A bossy, pretentious sister-in-regulation who is finding it tough to grasp why a younger girl blessed with attractiveness, will not use them to her advantage to discover a suitable match. A maternal uncle from Germany who in due course seems to be an angel of wealth. A stable and accountable young gentleman who falls in love with the protagonist and desperately tries to hide his love for her, for fear of being rejected. Set in London and Germany, The Benefactress by Elizabeth Von Arnim is the tale of Anna Estcourt and the people who play an influencing role in her life.
Raised by her nonchalant brother and overwhelming sister in regulation Susie, Anna desires of breaking free from their clutches to guide an unbiased life that is truly hers. Nonetheless, lack of money holds Anna back, until sooner or later, her maternal uncle Joachim comes visiting the family. They strike a chord with each other and soon develop into good mates. Though differing in ideals, Uncle Joachim understands the situation that has given rise to Anna's want for independence and hopes that, she too, one day will agree together with his ideology that ?It is a girl's pride to lean on husband. It's her happiness to be shielded and protected by him.? With this perception, Joachim leaves all his possessions to be inherited by Anna, together with a sprawling Pomeranian Estate in Germany, and she or he becomes conscious of her new discovered wealth after Joachim passes away a few months later.
With out second ideas, Anna sets out to locate the property and with issue, shifts to her new house. She is initially unable to understand the social customs and hierarchy in her new residence and her relationship with the locals turns a rocky one. Nonetheless, she falls in love together with her new home fairly shortly and decides that one of the simplest ways to place her good fortune to make use of is to throw its doors open to the gentlewomen of the locality. All of her power will get devoted to those distressed girls and the project takes a bodily and emotional toll far larger than what she imagines. Her only respite among the group of unwelcoming neighbors is Axel Lohm, a younger man in his early thirties. He owns an property and all the independence that Anna dreams of, besides that he leads a lonely life. He soon falls in love with her, however refrains from letting her know, very properly conscious that she wouldn't reciprocate the sensation for him.
Anna's troubles quickly start to pile up and he or she slowly begins to appreciate that true freedom is extraordinarily demanding and isolating. In the absence of a companion to share her worries with, it finally dawns on Anna that her dream of absolute independence has its own limits.