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Carnegie’s Maid

This was something that I had managed to enjoy fully for a long time. It’s a simple story, about a woman who becomes the maid of a wealthy landowner. And they fall in love.

But it isn’t that kind of story. It is a story of survival, as this maid is not who she is. She is not experienced or well trained. The only things that truly belonged to her is her wit and intelligence. Most importantly, was the fact that she grew up being educated.

And this plays really well into the story. The moments when they are talking about interests. Clara’s own foray into investing as a means to escaping her own poverty. And helping her family. And of course finally, the moment where she persuades Andrew to become a philanthropist.

This is her story. It is one where a woman tries to survive because her family counts on her money. Their fortunes have declined and they need it, desperately. As much as she isn’t blind to the plight of others.

The plot is simple, as much as the ending was inexplicably heartbreaking. But it makes sense. Both of them were from different worlds, and eventually their split will come. Since Clara and Andrew were rather different. Clara simply didn’t fully realizethat he was someone who has business interests first. And that their split was really the only way to truly spur him into thinking about the poor.

Their relationship is complicated. And both of them didn’t really know the other. And I could accept their parting, as it made the most sense at the end of the day.

And the story capitalized on what it doesn’t have. Showing the long lasting impact Clara had on him. Even as she left for another life. It isn’t one of absolute tragedy, but simply accepting that some things weren’t meant to be.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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