Pooh and piglet"I wonder what Piglet is doing," said Pooh. "I wish I were there to be doing it too."

Friendships are so important in our lives and today, 1st August, is National Girlfriends Day. All friendships are worth celebrating but those with our close female friends are very special. Girlfriends are so significant in our lives. We need them and we enjoy their company. They bring fun and laughter; they are there when we need to vent, they help to relieve stress, they listen, they boost our confidence and they offer so much support. They bring joy into our lives and love and loyalty. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to value my friendships even more than I did when I was young. My friends have supported me through illness and relationship issues, work problems and family worries. I hope I’ve done the same for them.

Girlfriends Day got me thinking about friendships in literature. Take Pride and Prejudice, for example. It’s not all about Elizabeth and Darcy. There are some other relationships that are key to the story; Lizzie’s love for her sister Jane, for example, and the support they give each other. This is fundamental to the plot because it is one of the reasons that Lizzie is so angry with Darcy. He suggests that Jane isn’t good enough for his friend Bingley. Plus there is another female friendship in the story that is very interesting – that of Lizzie with Charlotte Lucas.

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