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Little Foxes Analytical Essay Essays

The Great Teacher drew some of His most beautiful and important lessons from little things, such as little flowers, little birds, little dew-drops, little children. He insisted on faithfulness in littles.

Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney in The Little Foxes. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman: ..

At the first glance, Little Red Riding Hood appears as a lament of a daughter who misses a dead mother or who is trying to explain to her mother about her lot in life....

Lillian Hellman, who wrote the Little Foxes, incorporates these elements beautifully in her play.

A little while ago, the writer called upon a lady of his acquaintance, and found her much disturbed. It appeared she was tried by a careless and untidy servant, which, as she herself was a pattern of neatness and order, was a sore trial indeed. She immediately began to recite her sorrows — thus: "Never was tried as I am. Here have I been trying and trying to teach my servant some degree of order, and I cannot. If I am to judge her by her actions, she thinks the proper place for the saucepan is on the drawing-room rug, and that the best fireirons are first to be well cleaned and then carefully stowed away in the cellar. I have called her back times this morning, if I have once." To have made any remark calling the lady's wisdom in question, would have been rude — but we did mentally reflect that she must be a clever servant indeed, who could be called back times in one morning, and yet do her work. Were not fifty times rather too many? But perhaps the lady was a little excited, and really meant to say fifteen or twenty-five times. However that might be, she had grumbled away her servant's possibility of improvement. For when we were afterwards thrown into the girl's way, we found her crying and exclaiming, "It's no use, I can't please her, and I won't try!" In this age, perhaps, who are not sufficiently particular with their children, are more common than those who are too much so; but the grumbling spirit sometimes takes unhappy possession of a father's or mother's heart. Said a youth to me a little while ago: "I would be very glad to win the approval of my father, but I find it impossible. He is always down upon me. When I make my appearance in the morning, he grumbles at my dirty boots; or, if they are clean, at my untidy boot-laces; or, if there is nothing wrong with my feet, he grumbles at something that is wrong about my head. He is that nothing escapes him, and he grumbles as loudly about a misplaced hair, as about the loss of a hundred dollars." From what we know of the young man's father, we fear this is true. Yet, when out of his son's hearing, he speaks well of him, and knows full well that he is a lad. But we need not multiply illustrations; they will occur to every mind. What we would do is to suggest, to all whom it may concern, the old maxim — "fair and softly." Let us remember, even in our legitimate grumblings, the courtesies of life, that true generosity which is a mark of noble-mindedness; and, above all, let us never carry our grumblings too far. Which leads us to say — 2. Do not form the of grumbling. Like other habits, it grows, and like other habits, it will hold us fast at last. The only way to avoid arriving at the , is to abstain from taking a ticket and becoming a daily passenger.

Do the same before a cat, and he willeye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement.