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"Felicity" redirects here. For the doll, see Felicity Merriman (doll).


Felicity Merriman was the fourth Historical Character of the American Girl Dolls, representing the Revolutionary War period. Felicity was released in 1991.

In September 2010, American Girl announced that they would archive Felicity's entire collection; she, Elizabeth Cole, and their collection would no longer be available. On March 28, 2011, the Felicity and Elizabeth dolls, along with their collections, were officially archived. It is unknown if Felicity and Elizabeth will be made available again after the archiving; American Girl has made no official statements about their return at this time. Felicity's books, the movie, and the two Mini Dolls remain available for purchase.

Personality and Facts

Felicity (nicknamed Lissie) is a tomboyish, daring, adventurous, spunky, brave, and fiercely independent-minded girl. She is very active for a girl her age in her era and is annoyed at her lack of freedom as a young girl and the ladylike things and personality that is expected of her. Felicity believes in fighting for what she wants and can be quite stubborn and headstrong at times; this gives her a strong connection to Benjamin Davidson. When she wants something, she goes for it, quite often without thinking about it. She sometimes wavers between brave and foolish and sets her heart on things often. When Felicity is angry, she's never afraid to speak her mind and stand up to bullies, as she did with Jiggy Nye. Felicity also isn't afraid to tease Annabelle, coming up with the name "Bananabelle". Felicity is good with coming up with names. She came up with Polly's, Posie's name, Penny's, and Patriot.

Felicity learned to ride and make friends with horses at Grandfather's Plantation; this aids her in taming Penny, but is a hindrance when it gives her overconfidence in Felicity Takes a Dare.

She is constantly fussed at for being not very ladylike. For the most part Felicity is a "tomboy" with a love for horses, nature, and the great outdoors. She is quite impatient—especially when it comes to things she finds dull and boring—and is often regarded as "flighty" and "thoughtless" by her mother and often chided for not finishing or tending to her domestic work properly. She shows disinterest for the most part in cooking, sewing, dance, and other then-feminine skills, though she does like working in her garden and playing her guitar, which was considered feminine then. Sewing especially bores her and she is generally sloppy in her work. Felicity loves horses more than anything, hence her affection for Penny that is carried throughout the series and her dedicated care towards her from the start. She eventually learns how to be more of a lady throughout the series with events such as dancing at a fancy dancing lesson designed as a ball, and learning how to serve tea; however, she is still quite active.

Felicity enjoys working in her father's store, where she can imagine where all the items come from. She tends to act more like a fine lady at the store.

Felicity enjoys making her best friend Elizabeth laugh.

American Girl characterizes her as "spunky" and "spritely." Americangirlpublishing.com describes her as "independent", "loyal", and "spirited". American Girl e-card describes her as steadfast.

Family and Friends


Family

Friends and Other Characters

Books

See: List of Felicity's Books

Other Media

Movie Books

Doll

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The Felicity doll (second edition).

Main article: Felicity Merriman (doll)

Collection

See: Felicity's Collection

Trivia

  • Felicity’s low cut outfits resulted in the body fabric of the dolls being changed from white to skin-colored.
  • When Kaya debuted in 2002, Felicity was pulled from the catalogs with a note saying that she would now be an online exclusive; during this time several of her items and outfits were retired. She was later revamped with the release of her movie and Elizabeth Cole.
  • Felicity was the first new character released after the first three--Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, and Molly McIntire.
  • Felicity was the first character to be made without bangs.
  • Felicity's house is located on Duke of Gloucester Street.[2]

See also

References

  1. It is confirmed in the American Girl Magazine version that the short story Felicity Takes a Dare happens before the events of Meet Felicity, after Felicity's ninth birthday.
  2. Lady Margaret's Ghost, pg. 45:
    Anne's eyes were bright with interest. "Where do you live?"
    "On Duke of Gloucester Street," Felicity answered. "A block and a half from Merriman's store, if you know where that is."
Historical Characters
1760s

Kaya'aton'my

1770s

Felicity Merriman *

1810s

Caroline Abbott *

1820s

Josefina Montoya

1850s

Cécile Rey *
and Marie-Grace Gardner *

1850s

Kirsten Larson *

1860s

Addy Walker

1900s

Samantha Parkington

1910s

Rebecca Rubin

1930s

Kit Kittredge

1940s

Molly McIntire *

1950s

Maryellen Larkin **

1960s

Melody Ellison **

1970s

Julie Albright

* Archived / ** Exclusive to BeForever

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