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Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

Created: 02/15/20

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Posted Feb. 15, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

Abigail is forced to leave her two sons in Haiti. She thinks that she was a coward because she didn't "slit their throats, so they would never again know fear or sadness. Not have to wait for the freedom promised by the maroons, for they would already have the one, true freedom." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in Abigail's shoes?


Posted Feb. 22, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
janhubbard

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I thought leaving them in Haiti gave them a chance at life, and gave her hope that they might survive. Killing them is not something she, or I, could do.


Posted Feb. 22, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Maggie

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I think she did the right thing. How could any loving mother actually kill a child. I know it unfortunately happens but I was glad with her decision and I would do the same.


Posted Feb. 23, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
djcminor

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

Leaving my children behind in another country would be very hard. Yet Abigail has done what she felt was in the children's best interest, not her own. That takes a huge amount of courage. In her shoes, I would have made the same choice hard as it is.


Posted Feb. 23, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Marcia S

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I think Abigail had hope that the children would eventually join her, She was giving them a chance. She wasn't a coward to leave them. I think it would have been worse for her if she'd killed them and had to live with that.


Posted Feb. 24, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
alycet

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I agree with DJCmiinor that it was her only option even though difficult.


Posted Feb. 25, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ruthiea

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I am of mixed feeling on this question. Knowing that there was a life of slavery slavery and all of it's horrors in their futures I can understand wanting to spare them from that. Would parents have killed their children if they knew they would have to live through the horrors of the Nazi death camps? Would they spare them being worked to death in Siberia? Becoming a child soldier in Rwanda? A parent would have to believe they would survive and not be tortured and killed - not so easy if one has lived a life of horror. The main thing is the hope/belief that they would not encounter these circumstances - because no one really knows....
Having read so many books by survivors of wars, child abuse, torture etc I might think letting my children endure that would be cruel.


Posted Feb. 26, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
sallyh

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

No, I don't think she was a coward, though I can see why she might have felt that way. I don't think anyone can answer what they would have done in her situation without actually being in that situation.


Posted Feb. 27, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
gerrieb

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I agree with Ruthiea. This is such a complex issue and I would not presume to judge Abigail. We all love our children and we all do our best to keep them safe. I can't even imagine her pain and how harshly she judged herself speaks volumes about the love she had for them. It is another example of how as mothers we hold ourselves to such high standards and suffer such harsh penalties even from ourselves, when we feel we didn't measure up - in impossible circumstances.


Posted Feb. 27, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
N*Starr

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I agree, it’s about the impossible standard of protecting a child in a world that does not value human life. As a mother, Abigail’s choice would also be subject to an outsiders judgment.


Posted Feb. 27, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
annar

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

Killing her children wasn't something Abigail could do. Leaving them in Haiti gave her hope they would survive.


Posted Feb. 27, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorothyh

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

She did what she thought was the right thing to do with the hopes of being reunited with them at some point.


Posted Mar. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
labbelee

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

Anyone who could kill their children has to be insane and Abigail was definitely not.
Any chance at air is better than none.


Posted Mar. 06, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
carolt

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I think I'd have left them, alive, to give them a chance. None of us (well, most of us) can see the future. Killing them took away any hope. Leaving them alive meant they had hope.


Posted Mar. 07, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
beverlyj

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

What a choice for a mother to make! I do not know what choice I would make. I think having to make that choice shows the horrendous of the slavery.

But, I do understand that Abigail made the choice because she would not feel helpless anymore and begin to make decisions for her and her children’s lives.


Posted Mar. 11, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Muse48

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I do not believe in filicide under any circumstances. However, I understand Abigail's dilemma and her guilt.


Posted Mar. 14, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianaps

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

I believe Abigail did the right thing under the circumstances.


Posted Mar. 22, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
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taking.mytime

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RE: Abigail thinks that she was a coward because she left her children in Haiti rather than killing them, so "they would never again know fear or sadness...." Do you agree? What do you think you would have done in her shoes?

Abigail was a giver not a taker. She could never have killed her children - before doing that she would have stayed in Haiti. Leaving them behind gave them a chance and I am sure she hoped that in the future they could some how be reunited.


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