Can someone summarize Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney's "The Father"? 

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The Father was written in 1834. It is a story about a man who has acquired wealth and social standing in his career. He is a stoic man and doesn't show his emotions.

He has two sons and one daughter. He and his wife put a lot of pressure on their sons. They want them to be successful. When the daughter comes along, the father finds her beautiful. He puts so much affection and spends whatever he has to for the daughter. The daughter grows more beautiful and the father grows more attached to her. He wants her to have the best education for her bright future. The daughter ends up getting sick and dying. The father, who never shows his emotions, now has to deal with her death. He sits by her body for three days. He grieves in his own way. At the funeral, he relates that all of the other people can shed tears, but his own tears remain inside. Spending his whole life not showing any emotions, now wants to show his emotions but can't. It is a heartbreaking story of what society puts on men. Society says they have to be hard and stoic, at all costs, and those in their lives never really know how they feel.

Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney wrote often about her faith. Her faith was extremely important to her, and it can be seen in her writings. In The Father, she shows that the father has great faith and knows his beloved daughter is in God's hands. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale.

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