we Simple Summary of Finery by Jane Taylor ~ Naija Poets


About Jane Taylor

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was written by Jane Taylor who lived between 23rd September of 1783 and 13th April of 1824. She was a poet mothered by another writer who goes by the name Ann Taylor (1796-1810). Jane Taylor hailed from Lavenham, Suffolk in London.

Summary of Finery by Jane Taylor

Finery is a poem that narrates a story of two young ladies_ Fanny and Lucy. Fanny was a young rich lady who took dozen of time to groom herself for a short party she needed to attend in her friend's place. She wore her hair so perfectly curly and chose the finest of her dress decorated with beautiful lace. She said to herself "Ah! how they will all be delighted, I guess,/ And stare with surprise at my handsome new dress!". The other lady (Lucy) not quite from a rich family attended the same party wearing white simple, cheap and neat dress.

Unfortunately for Fanny, no one noticed her nor her rich attire. She was almost a ghost at the party because none related with her because she appeared so proud and oppressing but all eyes were on Lucy, the simple and cheerful lady. Lucy at the party was preferred because she wasn't acting fake or trying put on the personality she doesn't possess.

The final stanza of the poem advised that it's always better to wear a smiling face than expensive outfit because "the good-natured girl is loved best in the main/ If her dress is but decent, though ever so plain".

The 5 stanza rhyming poem is 4 lines each which total 20 lines. Via a third person perspective, Jane Taylor pointed at the importance of good social behavior by comparing two young ladies with contrasting social behavior.

The Poem

In an elegant frock, trimm'd with beautiful lace,
And hair nicely curl'd, hanging over her face,
Young Fanny went out to the house of a friend,
With a large little party the evening to spend.

"Ah! how they will all be delighted, I guess,
And stare with surprise at my handsome new dress!"
Thus said the vain girl, and her little heart beat,
Impatient the happy young party to meet.

But, alas! they were all too intent on their play
To observe the fine clothes of this lady so gay,
And thus all her trouble quite lost its design;­
For they saw she was proud, but forgot she was fine.

'Twas Lucy, though only in simple white clad,
(Nor trimmings, nor laces, nor jewels, she had,)
Whose cheerful good-nature delighted them more
Than Fanny and all the fine garments she wore.

'Tis better to have a sweet smile on one's face,
Than to wear a fine frock with an elegant lace,
For the good-natured girl is loved best in the main,
If her dress is but decent, though ever so plain.
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Enunwa Chukwudinma S.
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