What changes did you see in Sarah and in Theodora as the book progressed?
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Theodore says on Page 120 that "The day my father died was the year I lost the final vestige of jealousy regarding Emmeline and my husband." Starting with her lessons to Sarah and Clarissa and her astonishment, combined with pride, that Sarah has learned to read and concluding when she lied to the the slave hunters that Sarah would be probably be wearing a yellow dress because that was Clarissa's favorite color, I felt that she continually developed to the grandmother that she was destined to be.
Sarah changes from a curious child to a determined young woman who will escape bondage. I was concerned about the authenticity of her character because her voice did not sound, at least to me, the voice a young slave in 1850; however, each white character commented throughout the book how well she spoke because of the lessons and her position in the house. She becomes more aware of her surroundings and allows her anger to simmer beneath her contrite demeanor.
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Both women suffer injustices that teach them lessons on overcoming their status in life. In this way they are quite similar. Theodora certainly did a great deal to further Sarah's life and successful freedom. Each of them became stronger and more self confident as the years passed. Both were dealt a blow by their husband's cheating on them and yet Sarah behaved much more drastically as a result. She harbored more anger and resolve for retribution. Theodora seemed to know her own mind as a result of her husband's transgressions and though would play no part in his demise had to be thankful to Sarah in the end. She was rid of her husband and his abuse due to Sarah. Both women never knew the extent to which they were helped by the other which is an interesting final thought.
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