When modest Quaker Honor Bright sails from Bristol with her sister, she is fleeing heartache for a new life in America, far from home. But tragedy leaves her alone and vulnerable, torn between two worlds and dependent on the kindness of strangers. Life in 1850s Ohio is precarious and... read more
“She had began with a clear principle born of a lifetime of sitting in slient expectation; that all people are equals in Gods eyes, and so should not be enslaved to one another. Any system of slvery must be abolished. It had seemed simple in England; yet in Ohio that principle was chipped away at, by economic arguments by personal circumstances, by deep-seated prejudice that Honor sensed even in Quakers. It was easy for her to pictures the Negro Pew at the Philadelphia Meeting House and grow indignant; but would she herself feel completely comfortable sitting next to a black. person? She helped them, but she did not know them as people. On Mrs Reed, a little; the flowers she wore in her hat; the stew so full of onions and chilies; the improvised quilt she made. These daily details were the things that fleshed out a person. Page 227”Honor Haymaker
“-this is safety. Nature ain't out to enslave me. Might kill me, with the cold or illness or bears, but that ain't likely. No. Its that' - she pointed toward the road - 'that's the danger. People's the danger." Pg 252”Virginie
“Now that she knew Honor wouldn't give away her secrets, Belle became chatty, proud of the ruses she and Thomas and others working on the underground Railroad had developed to keep runaways hidden.”Narrator
“Guess I got to help a runaway when I see one, whatever the color. It's my nature.”Elsie Reed
“I love me some babies.”Elsie Reed
“I think deep down, most southerners have always known slavery ain't right, but they built up layers of ideas to justify what they were doin'.Those layers just solidified over the years.”Belle
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