What do you think was the most memorable passage in the book and why?
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Join Date: 01/16/12
The confession at the end was so shocking, I absolutely didn't see it coming and yet it made perfect sense. Until then, Sara was almost too good to be true. She had one goal in her life and that was to be free. Nothing and no one was going to get in her way, even her deep love for her family. The vindictive side to her was not apparent until the end
Join Date: 07/17/12
I think perhaps memorable is not the right word for it, but I enjoyed reading the end, simply because I had no idea how active British/Quakers had been in helping slaves make it to freedom. I knew in a limited way that Britain had abolished slavery before we did, and that Quakers had been very instrumental in the underground railway, but the maritime aspect of it was new to me and I enjoyed learning about that.
Join Date: 03/13/12
The concluding confession did catch me a little off guard, but the word "memorable" seems to suggest enjoyable. As a side note for something I found interesting/ironic about the British being against slavery in the United States: the British behavior in India and other parts of the world that they claimed to own in modern history was often reprehensible and cruel and very much a form of slavery. Too bad the care and concern wasn't truly applicable to their interactions in other parts of the world.
Join Date: 05/07/13
Enslavement of the African people was banned in most countries years before it was banned in the U.S. In response to rebeccar, you touched on my most memorable passage in the book, which makes me think of your statement of the British behavior toward the citizens of India and the rest of the colonies in their empire. I have scanned the book several times and I cannot find the passage I want. There is a scene between Cornelius and Theodora where Cornelius asks her if she taught Sarah to read. She replies that she didn't think the slaves had the capacity to learn. Of all the aspects of slavery, that part was the most repulsive to me and the most memorable. Perhaps what the British did to its colonists wasn't considered slavery because they didn't kidnap, place in chains, and transport to a totally different environment the people who they ruled.
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