The Wide, Wide World as seen by The North American Review, 1853 : "Miss Warner makes her young girl passionate, though amiable, in her temper; fond of admiration, although withheld by innate delicacy from seeking it unduly. Ellen and Fleda are both of velvet softness; of delicate, downcast beauty; of flitting but abundant smiles, and of even too many and ready tears. They live in the affections, yet they cultivate and prize the understanding, and feel it to be the guardian of goodness, as all wise women should. They are conscious of having a power and place in the world, and they claim it without assumption or affectation' There is a sweetness in the conception and execution. So much for the charm of the books."