Chains

by

Laurie Halse Anderson

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Sarah Character Analysis

Sarah’s husband is a British soldier; they join several other couples in living with the Locktons. As Becky has disappeared by this point, Sarah takes over as the boss in the kitchen. Though she’s not outright cruel to Isabel, Sarah is curt, exacting, and short-tempered; Isabel attributes some of this to the fact that Sarah is pregnant and very uncomfortable. However, Sarah and Isabel do form an understanding, and Sarah continues to allow Isabel to fetch water from the Tea Water Pump, going against Madam’s orders. Though Sarah is initially upset to be in the Colonies at all, when she has her baby and names him George, it’s implied that perhaps her loyalties are changing. She suggests that she and her husband might stay in North America after the war is over—and notes that George (the first name of both the king of England and of the American General Washington) is a good name no matter where one lives. Isabel is sad when Sarah and George move to a house for new mothers and babies, as she’d looked forward to a baby brightening up her days.

Sarah Quotes in Chains

The Chains quotes below are all either spoken by Sarah or refer to Sarah. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Freedom Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Atheneum Books for Young Readers edition of Chains published in 2010.
Chapter 40 Quotes

“You named him after the King?” Hannah asked.

“Perhaps,” Sarah said cheerfully. “We never figured the colonists would hold on this long. My man was saying the other night that mebbe the King should stop the war. Mebbe the babe and us might stay here, not sail home. ‘Plenty of room here,’ he said.” She kissed the baby’s nose. “A name like George is a good one on either side of the ocean.”

Related Characters: Hannah (speaker), Sarah (speaker), General George Washington
Page Number: 259
Explanation and Analysis:
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Sarah Character Timeline in Chains

The timeline below shows where the character Sarah appears in Chains. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 32
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
Identity, Memory, and Family Theme Icon
...burden some, as they cook and clean too. The new boss in the kitchen is Sarah; she’s pregnant and not very friendly, but fortunately seems uninterested in beating Isabel. Isabel misses... (full context)
Chapter 33
Freedom Theme Icon
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...voice to be quiet. Isabel figures Curzon is at Fort Washington with the other troops. Sarah and the other wives help around the Lockton home, but since they spend most of... (full context)
Chapter 37
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
Identity, Memory, and Family Theme Icon
...is to fetch water from the Tea Water Pump. They’re about to start brawling as Sarah, now heavily pregnant, comes into the kitchen. Meekly, Isabel offers to go early in the... (full context)
Chapter 39
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
Two days after Christmas, Isabel accompanies Sarah to the fish market. Sarah is close to giving birth and is uncomfortable, so she... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
As Isabel and Sarah head back down the street, Isabel asks if Sarah has heard Madam say anything about... (full context)
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
That afternoon, Isabel overturns the water pitcher. Sarah is suspicious but allows Isabel to fetch more water. Isabel races to Captain Morse, who... (full context)
Chapter 40
Freedom Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...soon as Lockton leaves, Madam goes to play cards with a friend. In her absence, Sarah gives birth to a baby boy in the cellar. Isabel desperately wants to watch, but... (full context)