Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen


The Luxe by Anna Godbersen takes place in 1899 and follows the lives of the upperclass teenages in Manhattan. The story focuses on the main character, Elizabeth Holland. She is part of one of the famous families of Manhattan and is known as society's sweetheart. However, after her father dies, Elizabeth's family is secretly thrust into debt and her mother forces her to get engaged to Henry Schoonmaker. Henry is one of the richest bachelors in all of Manhattan and it also forced to engage Elizabeth in order to appease his father. This is a huge problem for Elizabeth because she is in love with one of her own familie's servants, William, who tries to convince her to run away to the west with him. One night, she returns from a ball and finds William gone and is devastated. In the mean time, Elizabeth's sister, Diana is falling in love with Henry. The two have been sneaking around and one night Diana sneaks out to see him and when she returns, she finds her family crying. Elizabeth's supposed best friend, Penelope, said that while they were out on a carriage ride Elizabeth was thrown into the river and disappeared. Diana is supsicious of Penelope because she knows that Penelope was jealous of Elizabeth and was trying to take her place as society's favorite.

1. What do you think happened to Elizabeth and why?

2. Was it right for Diana to steal Henry even though she knew he and Elizabeth were not in love?

11 comments:

Freddy B. 7-8 said...

1. She was probably killed by Penelope out of jealousy.
2. No it was wrong

Monica J. 1-2 said...

2. No it was wrong for her to steal Harry because they were still together whether they were in love or not.

Mia G. 1-2 said...

i dont understand penelopes role, i dont understand that whole thing that happened.
sure. why not? liz definately didnt care and if they where gonna be happy just do it, who cares. and, william gone? heck no. la familia has no right whatsoever to ruin love. or make things more difficult.

Heather B. 1-2 said...

1.) I think Elizabeth used the situation to her advantage, so she could go find her true love. If they both disappeared, maybe they were planning on disappearing together.

2.) Yes, because just like Elizabeth is in love with William, Diana is in love with Henry.

Miranda R. 7-8 said...

To heather, so you believe that just because they were in love that it justified cheating with her sister's fiance?

Miranda R. 7-8 said...

To Mia, you said that if they were going to be happy than it was okay to cheat. Do you think that if something makes you happy than it is fair to ignore all consequences?

Natesa W. 7-8 said...

1. I think Elizabeth ran away to the west to find her true love.
2. No, if your sister was going to marry someone, true love or not, it is wrong to take him.

Hannah J. 7-8 said...

1.I think Elizabeth secretly jumped out of the carriage but framed it to look like an accident. She probably did it so she could be with William.
2.No I don't thinkit was right for Diana to steal Henry because Henry still pledged his loyalty to Elizabeth and Diana should have kept her hands off until it was over.

Sarah N. 7-8 said...

1. I agree with Hannah. I think that while they were on the carriage ride, Elizabeth told Penelope, to tell her family it was an accident, but she was really using that as a cover for her escaping to be with William.

2. I don't think that it was right. Even though he was forced into the relationship[, he already made the commitment to be with Elizabeth.

Morgan O 7-8 said...

2) Henry and Elizabeth were not in love and Penelope knew this. I think she should have told Elizabeth her feelings, but I don't think that we have a choice who we fall in love with and if Penelope was in love it must have been really hard seeing the man she loved with a woman who didn't love him.

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