Cold Sassy Tree, a novel by Olive Ann Burns, is an incredible story about the southern town of Cold Sassy, and a young man named Will Tweedy. In 1906, fourteen year old Will Tweedy is just starting to realize what it means to be a man, and all the responsibility that comes along with growing up.
In Cold Sassy GA, the town is filled with gossip surrounding the town’s newest newlyweds. Will Tweedy finds himself eyewitness to it all. Grandpa E Rucker Blakeslee has ‘tied the knot’ with the young milliner, Miss Love Simpson. With it being only three weeks after the death of his last wife, the family and town alike are shocked. Confused but curious about it all, Will observes what it means to be husband and wife and what it really means to
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Mr. E Rucker Blakeslee’s marriage to Miss. Love caused a big conflict in the small town of Cold Sassy GA. People weren’t sure how they should act around a widower how got married ‘before his wife was hardly cold in the grave.’ This external conflict the author created was enough to stay through the whole story. Mr. Blakeslee and Miss. Love’s marriage kept the whole town talking. And when the family found out not only that he was engaged to his wife so soon, but also that they had eloped, the whole family became upset about what their church and town would think, and the terrible reputation that would be bought upon the family. While everyone else was outraged at the whole ordeal, Will Tweedy believed it was a great idea ‘the sooner the better’. Mr. Blakeslee wanted a wife, someone to cook and care for him in his older days, so he wouldn’t be a burden upon his family. He wasn’t about to let someone tell him he couldn’t have what he wanted so badly. As you progress through the story you come to find that not only did he want a maid but also someone to love. He cared for Miss. Love even before his other wife was dead he noticed her. Toward the end of the book before the death of Mr. Blakeslee people come to realize that maybe Miss. Love could become a respectable member of the family. And the family and the town finally came to accept the marriage that was once so looked down upon.