Post by sugarandspicexx on Aug 16, 2006 17:05:23 GMT -5
It was never actually confirmed that Mrs Lowell was against people who divorced. The girls came to the assumption themselves that since she's so predjudiced, she more than likely wouldn't approve of girls from divorced families sitting for her children.
I don't think there is any reference to Mr Lowell, they very well could have been divorced.
Post by sotypical42483 on Aug 29, 2006 14:37:57 GMT -5
Oh yeah I forget how randomly rich people in Stoneybrook are.
Good point about Jessi, it would've been interesting if they actually gave her a book dealing with racism, rather than just the obligatory "People were mean to the Ramsey's when they first moved here! But luckily things have calmed down! We never cared, though!" bit in chapter 2. At least she would've gotten an interesting story for once.
"HOWEVER... I am surprised she was the only actual racist the BSC came into contact with. Particularly since Jessi's family were apparently so rejected due to their OMG!BLACKNESS!"
They weren't, though. When Jessi first moved to town, there was the family across the way with the little girl and the big bubble maker, and the mom didn't want the little girl to play with Becca. Unless they were just being overly sensitive, there was some racial tension there. IMO, I always thought that book dealt with racism in a much more realistically subtle way than the BS with the Lowells. And, it wasn't beat-you-over-the-head-I'm-black-Jessi. She seemed unoutraged, just disappointed, by that kind of conduct.
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2007 16:28:04 GMT -5 by lyndaday
Quote: I wonder how she'd have reacted to Abby, the Jewish girl.
She probably would have treated her like she didn't even exist. I grew up in a town about the size of Stoneybrook and we were the only Jewish family in town. A lot of the people there refused to have anything to do with us simply because we were Jewish.
Treatment of Abby probably would have depended on if she could tell that she was Jewish or not. Her stereotyping was mostly based on outward appearance (from what I remember) as it usually is. I've actually only read this one once and need to reread it as I don't remember it very well. I know that Mrs. Lowell was awful, though, and I really felt for Claud and Jessi. And wasn't she even mean to MA because of her brown hair or am I thinking of a statment someone made on here before that they were suprised she wasn't???
Post by sotypical42483 on Jun 5, 2007 20:35:26 GMT -5
did she have a problem with Mary Anne? I can't think of any other sitter who would be good enough for her. I'd say Dawn w/ the blonde hair and blue eyes, but her hippie ways might grate Mrs Lowell. And Stacey comes from those divorced parents and has (ew, ick!) diabetes, so... ??
Probably why Mrs. Lowell wouldn't have been a client for long even if the BSC would have agreed to keep sitting for her. What a jerk! Of course, I feel like I don't have a lot of room to talk as I was in a very judgemental mood myself yesterday (though NOTHING like that).... Wasn't Mrs. Lowell okay with Kristy until she found out about Emily Michelle? Didn't she have a problem with the Rowdowskys too? What a bigot! Sad to think that people like that exist and reproduce - especially with three kids to pass their ideas on to. Good thing this is just a book, though I'm sure there are many real life Lowells. Luckily, I haven't met any so far.