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Titled "Crimson". A Story Representing The Individual And Society Of The 19th Century.

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If only these walls could talk, then I shall have a friend. If only I could close my eyes, and not see my whole life flashing behind that black façade, then I would dare to sleep. The seconds, minutes, hours... Holds no meaning now. For I am nothing but a misplaced soul wandering across a white plain, where there is no start. And no end.A little girl skipped across a pathway. Her long white dress swirled as she hopped across the stone steps. She then halted and observed a bush filled with red roses - her favourite. She smiled and laughed as she continued to move along. Her mother had previously told her a fairytale, and indeed she was delighted. Perhaps she believed that one day she could find a "prince charming" and create a fairytale of her own.I chose to love. To believe in love. Money would never tempt me. My dear Edith, you must accept Mr. Blackstone's proposal, for he is a gentleman of substantial wealth and I forbid you to refuse. I continued to hold my strong opinions, but how could I go against my father's wishes? If you refuse, you will remain a spinster for life. And I shall never speak to you again. I was forced to go against my own morals, the morals that I grew up with. And it was those morals that represented my individuality. My unique soul. It greatly influenced my own disposition. But it would be impossible for them to understand the dignity that had been lost. I was stripped from my ability to continue believing in dreams, for they would never come true. A childish dream it must have been, and I was a fool in ignorant bliss. The odds were against me. Always.My dear Edith, you shall be in a happy position, just like Henry was when he married Charlotte. There would be no reasons for my twin brother to be unhappy. He was amiable, intelligent, and most importantly - highly favoured by both mother and father. And what was I? An unwanted child? Henry's "leftovers"? Henry and I were born from the same womb. Are we not the same? Is he not an almost-replica of me? But in the eyes of mother and father, I am incomparable to my brother. After all, he is a respectable gentleman, and I am just a woman with no expectation of making my family proud. Henry is the ocean, and I am just a fish in the sea. Insignificant little Edith.I am powerless to change anything. Perspectives can never alter. Never. This epiphany haunts me a great deal. The inevitability of no escape. No freedom. It tightens these chains around me. And I am immobilised.Withering.Hopeless.Solitary.The wooden black doors opened and a figure emerged from the shadows."Mr Blackstone, I presume?"There was silence, followed by a nod."Your wife was found near a church on the opposite side of town this morning. And it is my duty to return her to you."The man narrowed his eyes and glanced up and down, as if he was examining the woman. He then nodded. "Thank you, officer."After a few seconds, the doors were closed and locked. Just like a prison cell.And I am sitting here alone in...

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