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The Exiles


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Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

Created: 10/17/20

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Posted Oct. 17, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
BayParkReader

Join Date: 01/18/17

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Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away by circumstances beyond your control?

Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away by circumstances beyond your control?


Posted Oct. 18, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Gloria

Join Date: 03/11/15

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

I could identify with Evangeline because there were moments in my younger life when I did things without realizing the ramifications and they could have gone really badly. Fortunately, they didn't.


Posted Oct. 20, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
candacef

Join Date: 12/02/15

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

I felt so much sorrow for Evangeline and cant imagine the life she had. Reading stories like these that are based on history make me so thankful for the blessed life I have. Circumstances like hers are truly hard to imagine.


Posted Oct. 20, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
beckyd

Join Date: 07/31/19

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

No, I have not. Probably due to luck and not being in the same situation.


Posted Oct. 29, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
BayParkReader

Join Date: 01/18/17

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

I went to college in the 70’s and became engaged to a fellow student. I dropped out and enrolled in a business college so I could get a job and support us while he finished his degree. Just before I completed my business college courses, we split up. I didn’t feel like I could return to college so I used my business school certificate and got a job. Not exactly ‘circumstances beyond my control’ but I was certainly pressured for all the decisions I made at that time.


Posted Oct. 30, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
juliep

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

I have to say that I couldn’t really identify with Evangeline - She was lucky to have gotten her position and then threw it away with a rash decision. Admittedly, she was young and in love and thought he (can’t remember his name) would stick by her. But then I guess I have too much common sense and am not a risk taker. In this case, her “risk” forever changed (and ended) her life, although a baby was born of it.


Posted Nov. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Jessica F

Join Date: 05/23/20

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

Absolutely! And thinking that some how/some way the situation would change and my story would be a fairy-tale romance. I felt for her!


Posted Nov. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
aileen414

Join Date: 02/23/19

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

Definitely! I believe love (and lust), lasting or fleeting, can do that to anyone. Everyone I’ve ever talked to can recount a story from their younger days that was dangerous, reckless, or just plain stupid. Evangeline was a great character who helped show how one small mistake- especially for women- can have lasting effects.


Posted Nov. 08, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianaps

Join Date: 05/29/15

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

Yes, but I snapped out of it.


Posted Nov. 16, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
gerryp

Join Date: 08/04/20

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RE: Could you identify with Evangeline? Have you ever been swept away. By circumstances beyond your control?

Definitely can identify with her. I have been in similar circumstances, I believe you trust someone until you have reason not too. She was very young and in love, there was no reason she woud have known differently.


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