Laurie Halse Anderson

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Loyalists, or Tories, were people loyal to the British cause during the American Revolution. The term is usually applied to civilians rather than people in the military.

Loyalist/Tory Quotes in Chains

The Chains quotes below are all either spoken by Loyalist/Tory or refer to Loyalist/Tory. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). 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 6 Quotes

“You feel beholden to Lockton?”


“He’s going to feed you and your sister, give you a place to sleep. He can order you sold, beat, or hung, if the mood takes him. That could make a person feel a kind of loyalty.”

I stopped, considering this. “Someday I’ll find that lawyer and Miss Mary’s will and that’ll free us. Until then, we need to eat, work, and stay together. So yes, I guess I’m loyal to Lockton.”

The words tasted bitter. Being loyal to the one who owned me gave me prickly thoughts, like burrs trapped in my shift, pressing into my skin with every step.

Related Characters: Curzon (speaker), Isabel (speaker), Master Elihu Lockton, Ruth, Miss Mary Finch
Page Number: 39
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“They won’t say anything in front of me.”

“You are a small black girl, Country,” he said bitterly. “You are a slave, not a person. They’ll say things in front of you they won’t say in front of the white servants. ’Cause you don’t count to them. It happens all the time to me.”

Related Characters: Isabel (speaker), Curzon (speaker), Master Elihu Lockton, Master Bellingham
Page Number: 41
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Listen to me good. Them that feeds us”—she pointed upstairs—“they’re Loyalists, Tories. That means we’re Tories too, understand?”

“Yes, ma’am.” I nodded. “But…” I hesitated, not sure if I was allowed to ask questions. “Master Lockton claimed he was a Patriot on the docks.”

[…] “He was faking to protect his skin. Some folks switch back and forth. One day they’re for the king, the next, it’s all ‘liberty and freedom, huzzah!’ A tribe of Mr. Facing-Both-Ways, that’s what you’ll find in New York.”

Related Characters: Becky Barry (speaker), Isabel (speaker), Master Elihu Lockton
Page Number: 46
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Chapter 26 Quotes

A second man, this one with neatly trimmed hair, leaned on his shovel. “Dunmore freed the Virginia slaves so the crops would go unharvested and ruin the planters. The British care not for us, they care only for victory. Some Patriots own slaves, yes, but you must listen to their words: ‘all men, created equal.’ The words come first. They’ll pull the deeds and the justice behind them.”

Related Characters: Isabel
Page Number: 164
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Chapter 36 Quotes

“Please, ma’am,” I tried again. “How did you know?”

Her gaze returned to the logs in the hearth. “Take care how you go, Isabel. Many people think it is a fine and Christian thing to help the prisoners. I do not think my niece is one of them.”

“Yes, ma’am,” I whispered.

Related Characters: Isabel (speaker), Lady Seymour (speaker), Curzon, Madam Lockton
Page Number: 227
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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
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Loyalist/Tory Term Timeline in Chains

The timeline below shows where the term Loyalist/Tory appears in Chains. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...In a low voice, Bellingham says the Committee of Safety is certain Lockton is a Tory and therefore an enemy. (full context)
Chapter 6
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...why Isabel took the hit meant for Ruth. He says that Lockton is a “dirty Loyalist,” but Isabel says she doesn’t care. Curzon then asks if Isabel feels loyal to the... (full context)
Chapter 7
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...and they wipe them down. Seeing soldiers outside, Becky explains that since the Locktons are Tories, she and Isabel are Tories too. Isabel notes that Lockton said he was a Patriot... (full context)
Chapter 14
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...the punishment for treason is being drawn and quartered. There’s a man loyal to the Tories close to Washington; he’ll act when he gets the signal. (full context)
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon write down the names of everyone involved; if the rebels catch Lockton and the Loyalists don’t rescue him, he’ll give the list to the rebels. Isabel pretends to fall asleep... (full context)
Chapter 16
Freedom Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...truth: that she has a message for Colonel Regan, and that her master is a Loyalist who will beat her if he finds out she’s here. Yawning, the sentry leads her... (full context)
Chapter 19
Freedom Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...mostly empty, since so many folks have fled to the country. Everyone left is a Loyalist, so the reverend doesn’t have to worry about insulting any rebels. As Ruth plays with... (full context)
Chapter 29
Freedom Theme Icon
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...But then he asks if Madam is a rebel supporter. Isabel says Madam supports the Tories; she can’t wait to entertain the soldiers. At this, Campbell’s face hardens. He says he... (full context)
Chapter 30
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...sleeps in the attic bedchamber. Lots of people in town grumble, including Lady Seymour. Some Loyalists return to the city to find that soldiers have taken over their houses, but Lady... (full context)
Chapter 32
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon, leaving many families homeless. The burnt area is now known as the burned-over district. Loyalists insist the rebels started the fire; Patriots insist it was God’s judgement on the British.... (full context)