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by JoDe
Rated: GC · Assignment · Other · #1608782
Third version of expanded outline
Third Outline – Sisterly Love

 Lizzie is escorted from the Inquest to the train station and travels to Tauton jail

 She is recognized by the jailer’s wife, who also acts as matron for the female prisoners—who was a neighbor of the family when they lived on Ferry Street—before Lizzie was even born

 Emma has brought a photo album from home for Lizzie to have in jail and it contains pictures of her mother, Alice, she and Emma, her father and her Uncle John, and of her father and Abby when they married. 

 Lizzie recounts her only memory of her mother and tells the matron of life when Emma was away at school

 Thinking about that time stirs up unpleasant memories and Lizzie has a nightmare which reveals her terrible secret

 In another conversation, Lizzie talks about how life at home changed when Emma returned home from school 

 Later she thinks about how Emma presented the image of a meek, mild little mouse to the world, while she encourages Lizzie to be cold and uncompromising

 Emma and Lizzie discuss the first major division in the household, when their father gave Abby half interest in a house

 After Emma leaves, Lizzie remembers about the uncomfortable neutrality the evolved, with palpable tension filling the house

 She asks Emma to bring an album from her room that is filled with pictures and postcards of all the places she visited on her Grand Tour

 She remembers how her trip—the only time she had been away from her home and family—had been the best time of her life—the only time she felt free and alive

 She thinks about what it was like when she returned home to find an even more divided and dysfunctional household

 Isolated with plenty of time to think, Lizzie begins noticing that Emma behaves differently when they’re alone—that her sister isn’t nearly as passive and innocent as she projects to others—and is getting the uncomfortable feeling that she’s being manipulated

 Lizzie lies in her cell at night thinking about the weeks leading up to the murders and realizes how Emma’s anger is increasing—that she is a person consumed with jealousy and frustration

 Lizzie recounts the days leading up to the murders—of how everyone in the household is twitchy

 The day of the murders

 The investigation

 The funeral

 The burning of the dress

 The inquest

 The will—where Emma inherits (check this-only referenced once-find Andrew’s will)

 The argument in front of Mrs. Reagan

 The coverage

 Lizzie cannot wrap her mind around the fact that it must have been someone familiar with the house and the people living there—even after she’s arrested and reads what some journalists are writing about her

 Emma perpetuates the ‘mad intruder’ theory, insisting that he will be found and captured—that the truth will out—to trust and believe in her

 Mrs. Wright is becoming more ‘chatty’ and is telling Lizzie gossip from when Alice and her mother died

 With nothing but time on her hands, Lizzie begins to fit pieces together and they are leading her in a direction she really doesn’t want to go in

 The trial

 The acquittal

 Lizzie’s triumph cascades as the populace of Fall River passes their own judgement

 Emma splits the estate with Lizzie

 They move into the house on French Street, but Lizzie’s romantic and grand notions like changing her name to Lisbeth, naming Maplecroft and having the name carved on the steps and poem/lyrics over fireplaces are beginning to grate on Emma’s nerves

 Lizzie is the last one to realize that her victory is not quite what she expected

 Emma’s reaction is to become more of a recluse and extremely religious

 Even though Emma is so self-effacing Lizzie is becoming more and more uncertain about her sister

 Lizzie breaks out, leaving Emma at home to pray and do ‘good works’ and goes to New York and Boston, to shop and enjoy the theatre

 Lizzie meets people in New York and becomes friends with the famous actress, Nance O’Neil—Nance is the first person that Lizzie knows tat has no preconceived  notion of Emma’s goodness and piety

 Nance and a few more  show people visit Maplecroft and Emma makes a ‘scene’

 Emma forbids Lizzie from having any more house parties….Lizzie is not sure how to react—she has no intention of not entertaining her friends, but she’s never really said ‘no’ to Emma

 Lizzie goes to Boston to see Nance in a play in Boston and over a late night supper, Nance tells her exactly what she thinks about her sanctimonious and ever suffering sister, Emma

 Pumped over from her dinner with Nance, Lizzie goes home and just observes Emma—and sees how she does try and control and manipulate her

 Slowly at first, Lizzie begins to stand up to Emma, and  Emma isn’t happy

 As tension builds, Emma makes several comments and veiled threats that have Lizzie worrying more and more that she is living with her father’s murderer

 Lizzie decides to press the issue and has another house party while Emma is away for a few days

 Emma comes back early and finds the houseguests, including Nance, just leaving and pitches a royal fit

 Lizzie handles her calmly, but firmly and finishes seeing her guests off and then goes in search of her sister

 An enraged Emma reveals everything—beginning with the murder of little Alice when Emma was only five—about how she managed the murders, manipulated the investigation, handled potential witness, Lizzie and her lawyer

 She also spits out with glee that she was responsible for Lizzie’s most awful secret—one Lizzie feels is possibly even worse than patricide

 Lizzie tells Emma she is disgusted by her, and that she is going to live her life as she please, with the friends she pleases, doing what she pleases, and if Emma isn’t happy she can leave

 As Emma is leaving, Lizzie tries to reach her sister and asks that she at least write a confession and leave it with her lawyer to be opened at her death

 Emma laughs at the notion and warns Lizzie to watch her back, then leaves

 Lizzie tries to go on with her life, such as it it—but things have lost some of their shine and she becomes more and more of a recluse

 Her final year’s are troubled—she prays for her sister’s soul and agonizes about which is worth—remain silent to protect her sister, or bare her soul

 In the end, in spite of all the horrendous things she knows Emma is guilty of, she’s still her sister—the only mother she ever really knew and cannot bring herself to betray Emma

 When Lizzie dies, she finds no peace—after spending more than half her life in a living Purgatory, she finds she is trapped in Purgatory again

 After years—so she knows that her older sister is long dead, she decides that the only hope of escaping is to tell the true story

 Lizzie’s spirit is released, rises up from her grave and floats up over the town of Fall River—at peace at last

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