The Invention of Wings

The novel’s other protagonist, based on the real historical figure (1792-1873). The daughter of a wealthy land-owning family in Charleston, Sarah stands out for both her ambition to be a female jurist and her fight against the slavery that gives her family such a privileged life. Sarah becomes friends with her maid, Handful, teaching her to read even though it breaks the law. Sarah promises to help Handful reach freedom, starting a journey that leads Sarah go North and become a Quaker who speaks out against slavery across the nation. Sarah continually chooses her professional and abolitionist ideals above the traditional goals of a high society lady, never marrying Israel Morris in order to focus on becoming a Quaker minister. Despite huge criticism, Sarah never lets go of her principles of equality for both women and slaves. With her sister Nina, Sarah becomes one of the leading abolitionists.

Sarah Grimké Quotes in The Invention of Wings

The The Invention of Wings quotes below are all either spoken by Sarah Grimké or refer to Sarah Grimké. 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:
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Part 1 Quotes

People say love gets fouled by a difference big as ours. I didn’t know for sure whether Miss Sarah’s feelings came from love or guilt. I didn’t know whether mine came from love or a need to be safe. She loved me and pitied me. And I loved her and used her. It never was a simple thing. That day, our hearts were Pure as they ever would get.

Related Characters: Hetty Handful Grimké (speaker), Sarah Grimké
Page Number: 54
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…I remembered the oath I’d made to help Hetty become free, a promise impossible to fulfill and one that continued to cause me no end of guilt, but it suddenly rang clear in me for the first time: Charlotte said I should help Hetty get free any way I could. Turning, I watched her carry the lantern to my dressing table, light swilling about her feet. When she set it down, I said, “Hetty, shall I teach you to read?”

Page Number: 57
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Every girl comes into the world with varying degrees of ambition," she said, "even if it’s only the hope of not belonging body and soul to her husband. I was a girl once, believe it or not."
She seemed a stranger, a woman without all the wounds and armature the years bring... "The truth," she said, "is that every girl must have ambition knocked out of her for her own good. You are unusual only in your determination to fight what is inevitable. You resisted and so it came to this, to being broken like a horse."

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), Mary Grimké (Mother / Missus) (speaker)
Page Number: 81
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Night after night, I endured these grand affairs alone, revolted by what objets d’art we were and contemptuous of how hollow society had turned out to be, and yet inexplicably, I was filled with a yearning to be one of them.
The slaves moved among us... without being seen, and I thought how odd it was that no one ever spoke of them, how the word slavery was not suitable in polite company, but referred to as the peculiar institution.

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker)
Page Number: 92
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She'd immersed herself in forbidden privileges, yes, but mostly in the belief she was worthy of those privileges. What she'd done was not a revolt, it was a baptism.
I saw then what I hadn’t seen before, that I was very good at despising slavery in the abstract, in the removed and anonymous masses, but in the concrete, intimate flesh of the girl beside me, I'd lost the ability to be repulsed by it. I'd grown comfortable with the particulars of evil.

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), Hetty Handful Grimké
Page Number: 115
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With the reverend praying a long, earnest prayer for our souls, I took my leap. I vowed I would not return to society. I would not marry, I would never marry. Let them say what they would, I would give myself to God.

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker)
Page Number: 143
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"Forgive you for what, Sarah? For following your conscience? Do you think I don’t abhor slavery as you do? Do you think I don’t know it was greed that kept me from following my conscience as you have? The plantation, the house, our entire way of life depended on the slaves." His face contorted and he clutched at his side a moment before going on. "Or should I forgive you for wanting to give natural expression to your intellect? You were smarter than even Thomas or John, but you’re female, another cruelty I was helpless to change."

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), John Grimké (Father) (speaker)
Page Number: 182
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How does one know the voice is God's? I believed the voice bidding me to go north belonged to him, though perhaps what I really heard that day was my own impulse to freedom. Perhaps it was my own voice. Does it matter?

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker)
Page Number: 210
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I drew myself up, glaring at their angry faces. “…What would you have the slaves do?” I cried. “… If we don’t free them, they will free themselves by whatever means.”

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker)
Page Number: 253-254
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Part 5 Quotes

"Life is arranged against us, Sarah. And it’s brutally worse for Handful and her mother and sister. We're all yearning for a wedge of sky, aren't we? I suspect God plants these yearnings in us so we'll at least try and change the course of things. We must try, that’s all."

Page Number: 275
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When autumn came, Lucretia and I attended the women’s meeting at Arch Street where we found ourselves standing in a crowded vestibule beside Jane Bettleman, who glared pointedly at the fleur de lis button I'd sewed at the throat of my gray dress. Granted, the button was ornate and expensive, and it was large, the size of a brooch. I'd freshly polished the silver, so there in the bright-lit atrium, it was shining like a small sun.

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), Lucretia Mott, Jane Bettleman
Related Symbols: Sarah’s Silver Button
Page Number: 283
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She was braver than I, she always had been. I cared too much for the opinion of others, she cared not a whit. I was cautious, she was brash. I was a thinker, she was a doer. I kindled fires, she spread them. And right then and ever after, I saw how cunning the Fates had been. Nina was one wing, I was the other.

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), Angelina (Nina) Grimké
Page Number: 308
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We'd set down every argument the South made for slavery and refuted them all. I didn’t stutter on the page. It was an ecstasy to write without hesitation, to write everything hidden inside of me, to write with the sort of audacity I wouldn’t have found in person.

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), Angelina (Nina) Grimké
Page Number: 317
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"How can you ask us to go back to our parlors?" I said, rising to my feet. "To turn our backs on ourselves and on our own sex? We don't wish the movement to split…but we can do little for the slave as long as we’re under the feet of men. Do what you have to do, censure us, withdraw your support, we 'll press on anyway. Now, sirs, kindly take your feet off our necks."

Related Characters: Sarah Grimké (speaker), Angelina (Nina) Grimké
Page Number: 334
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Small red wafers splotched along Mary's neck. "God has ordained that we take care of them," she said, flustered now, spluttering.
I took a step toward her, my outrage breaking open. "You speak as if God was white and Southern! As if we somehow owned his image. You speak like a fool. The Negro is not some other kind of creature than we are. Whiteness is not sacred, Mary! It can’t go on defining everything."

Page Number: 351
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I watched her fold her few belongings on top of the quilt and thought, This ain't the same Sarah who left here. She had a firm look in her eye and her voice didn’t dither and hesitate like it used to. She'd been boiled down to a good, strong broth.
Her hair was loose, dangling along the sides of her neck like silk vines, like the red threads I used to tie round the spirit tree, and I saw it then, the strange thing between us. Not love, is it? What is it? It was always there, a roundness in my chest, a pin cushion. It pricked and fastened.

Related Characters: Hetty Handful Grimké (speaker), Sarah Grimké
Related Symbols: Red Thread
Page Number: 355
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Sarah put her hand on my arm and left it there while the city heaved away. It was the last square on the quilt… I thought of mauma then, how her bones would always be here. People say don’t look back, the past is past, but I would always look back… When we left the mouth of the harbor, the wind swelled and the veils round us flapped, and I heard the blackbird wings. We rode onto the shining water onto the far distance.

Page Number: 359
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Sarah Grimké Character Timeline in The Invention of Wings

The timeline below shows where the character Sarah Grimké appears in The Invention of Wings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: November 1803 - February 1805
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Sarah Grimké. Sarah, now narrating, turns eleven and is given her own room for the first... (full context)
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Sarah’s earliest memory is of her brother Thomas teaching her to read simple words out in... (full context)
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Handful. Aunt-Sister, the cook, takes Handful into the kitchen as the house prepares for Sarah’s eleventh birthday party. Missus sweeps in and ties a lavender ribbon around Handful’s neck. Handful... (full context)
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Sarah stammers that she can’t accept Handful, making Missus so angry that she screams. Handful is... (full context)
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...morning, Mauma gives Handful a quilt and tells Handful that she must now sleep outside Sarah’s door. Mauma warns Handful never to leave her quilt for any reason except Sarah’s bell... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah wants to give Hetty back to Mother, but Mother just tells Sarah to make... (full context)
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Looking out her window to the slave quarters, Sarah gets an idea. She sneaks out of her bedroom and goes into Father’s library to... (full context)
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Sarah wakes the next morning with a burst of self-knowledge: she is going to become the... (full context)
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Handful. Handful is uncertain on her first day as Sarah’s maid, and becomes convinced that Sarah hates her. Handful tries to start a fire in... (full context)
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When Sarah finally manages to explain that there is no fire, Missus rages and strikes Handful with... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah goes down to lunch after four days of taking meals in her room to... (full context)
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Sarah. Four months after Sarah is given Handful, Handful does not come in to Sarah’s room... (full context)
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Before Sarah can stammer any words out, Charlotte shows Sarah a baby owl that Charlotte has been... (full context)
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Sarah thinks obsessively about keeping her promise to free Hetty, and dreads seeing Charlotte again at... (full context)
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...home get ready to give the house a thorough scrubbing. Handful cleans the majority of Sarah’s room, then takes a break and starts looking through Sarah’s things. She is enchanted with... (full context)
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Sarah. On Easter, the Grimkés go to the Episcopal Church. Sarah stammers to Mother that she... (full context)
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...make their way to their pew in the front, as befits their status in Charleston. Sarah looks up to the slave balcony, where the slaves are causing a hubbub. A shoe... (full context)
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Sarah goes to a small classroom to give the Sunday School lesson, surprised to find the... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah spends the day after Easter writing an apology to Reverend Hall for her disastrous... (full context)
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Sarah still hasn’t seen Hetty all day, so Sarah goes to the kitchen to find her.... (full context)
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Mother stops Sarah in the corridor, but Sarah refuses to be stopped. Sarah pushes past her mother, ignoring... (full context)
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Handful notices Sarah hiding outside the door, listening to the story too. Charlotte goes on, telling how Grandmother... (full context)
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The next day, Handful tells Sarah that they appreciated her basket. Sarah puts her book down and hugs Handful. Handful knows... (full context)
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Sarah. That summer, Sarah asks Thomas to expand their private lessons, but Thomas tells her they... (full context)
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Sarah reads Don Quixote to Hetty as Hetty, bored, scratches at mosquito bites. Hetty asks Sarah... (full context)
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Sarah prepares lessons for Hetty, locking her door and screening the keyhole to avoid any discovery.... (full context)
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Sarah and Hetty celebrate Hetty’s 100th word with a tea on the roof of the Grimké’s... (full context)
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...whenever she is in a room alone, or putting dirt in the teapots. Handful warns Sarah about the tea, but otherwise says nothing. (full context)
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Sarah. Two days later, Father calls Sarah in to see him in the library. Sarah nervously... (full context)
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Father reveals that he is the one who tore up Sarah’s certificate of freedom for Handful, destroying all of Sarah’s ideas that her father appreciates her... (full context)
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Sarah runs down the stairs to the yard, ignoring Binah’s justification that it is only one... (full context)
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Handful. Handful heals quickly enough from her lash wound, but notices that Sarah simply wastes away without her books. Handful keeps practicing her letters when she can and... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah is not excited about another sibling, and sees how exhausted her mother is to... (full context)
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...Grimkés throw Thomas a goodbye party before he goes off to college in New Haven. Sarah is finally enjoying herself again, until she hears murmured conversation about abolition by law in... (full context)
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Mother goes to comfort Sarah but reaffirms how silly Sarah was to dream of studying law in the first place.... (full context)
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...beginning of February, Mother takes to her bed to prepare for the new baby’s birth. Sarah visits her with a request to be named the godmother of the new baby. Mother... (full context)
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...their spirits to the tree as Handful strokes the silver button that she rescued from Sarah’s fire. Handful officially announces that she gives her spirit to the tree, following the footsteps... (full context)
Part 2: February 1811 – December 1812
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Sarah. Six years later, Sarah is getting ready for a society ball. Sarah makes up her... (full context)
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Nina (christened Angelina) is a beautiful child with a lively intellect. Sarah tries to ensure that Nina remains fearless, though Sarah herself has had to give up... (full context)
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Sarah lets Nina pick her dress for the night. Handful helps Sarah gets dressed and Sarah... (full context)
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Mother comes in and scolds Sarah for wearing a dress she has worn just two nights earlier, but Sarah insists on... (full context)
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At the ball, Sarah dances only with her brother Thomas, home from Yale, until Thomas leaves to dance with... (full context)
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Sarah turns to leave the room and runs into a slave carrying a pitcher of punch,... (full context)
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Sarah and Burke pass the party together, though Sarah is aware that Burke’s family background as... (full context)
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...Charlotte begin to sew a story quilt, sitting under the spirit tree. Handful worries over Sarah strutting through society and mourns the loss of Sarah’s friendship now that Sarah is rightfully... (full context)
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Handful tells her mother that Sarah’s thoughts are full of some boy she met at a ball, and Charlotte admits that... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah starts to keep a diary of lovesick rambles about Burke, resenting his hold on... (full context)
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...night, Burke is fifteen minutes late, causing Mother and Father fits at the impolite snub. Sarah is just happy to see his handsome face again. Father interrogates Burke about his family’s... (full context)
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At the hour of slave curfew, Burke politely leaves, but intimately asks Sarah to toss a lock of her hair over the fence as he steps out the... (full context)
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...the family to Belmont, ostensibly to prepare for Thomas’ impending wedding but truly to separate Sarah from Burke. Sarah busies herself with renovating the slave infirmary to keep her mind off... (full context)
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...sneak in Master Grimké’s library and find out the price for herself and her mother. Sarah has let Handful keep practicing reading poems, and Handful can now puzzle out most words.... (full context)
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Sarah. The Grimkés return to Charleston in May, a day earlier than expected. Sarah is elated... (full context)
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Handful tells Sarah that she didn’t see any harm in bathing in the tub just like Sarah does.... (full context)
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Sarah. Nina is obsessed with helping Sarah get rid of her speech impediment. Sarah allows Nina... (full context)
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Sarah turns nineteen and Mother reminds her that she is now marriageable age. Sarah gets fitted... (full context)
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A week later, Sarah and her sister Mary Jr. attend a parlor concert together. Burke rushes to Sarah’s side,... (full context)
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Sarah and Burke walk back to the house, where the host of the concert, Mr. Drayton,... (full context)
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Any celebration about Sarah’s engagement is covered by worry about the impeachment. Father remains in his library day and... (full context)
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As Charlotte works on the quilt, Handful thinks about Sarah and Burke, unable to imagine Sarah marrying a man who never respects slaves. Sarah asked... (full context)
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Sarah. Thomas takes a day off lawyering to meet with Sarah privately, putting Sarah on edge.... (full context)
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Thomas hesitantly tells Sarah that Burke has asked two other women to marry him. Sarah does not understand why... (full context)
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Thomas leaves Sarah with one more apology and the news that Mother commands Sarah to withdraw from society... (full context)
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Handful. Handful is sorry that Sarah has been hurt so badly, but glad that Burke is no longer a part of... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah, still in isolation, worries about Nina, who is playing with young girls who live... (full context)
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...will step into the mud so that the white woman will not dirty her shoes. Sarah watches in horror as the white woman meets Charlotte and Charlotte refuses to step aside.... (full context)
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Mid-afternoon, Handful sees Sarah and Nina come back in a carriage driven by Goodis, who gives Handful a pitying... (full context)
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Sarah. Charlotte’s disappearance puts Burke’s betrayal into perspective for Sarah. The Grimkés put an ad in... (full context)
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...after Charlotte disappears, Mother forces Handful to go back to work doing all the sewing. Sarah is forced back into society again, with orders to cheer up and find a husband... (full context)
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On Sarah’s 20th birthday, the Grimkés have a simple dinner to celebrate. Thomas debates a new idea... (full context)
Part 3: October 1818 – November 1820
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...that Charlotte told her story. Handful has taken over sewing duties completely, no longer helping Sarah with anything. Sarah even gave Handful back to Missus, though Sarah tried to explain to... (full context)
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...so that she can talk to Denmark about her mother’s disappearance. Handful fake cries to Sarah for a pass and Missus allows Handful to go twice a week as long as... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah and Nina are called to the drawing room where Mother and Reverend Gadsden are... (full context)
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The only thing Sarah and Nina disagree on is religion. Nina finds Presbyterian asceticism pointless, as Sarah attends society... (full context)
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...Father’s dying wish might be to see her confirmed. Nina refuses to be moved, and Sarah stands up for Nina’s right to follow her conscience. Mother accuses Sarah of brainwashing Nina,... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah comes into the kitchen where Aunt-Sister is tending to Handful’s mangled foot. Sarah starts... (full context)
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Handful stays in her room for ten days and Sarah stays away for fear that Handful truly does not want to see her. Still, Sarah... (full context)
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A few days later Mother summons Sarah, and Sarah worries that her mother will be replacing Handful now that she is damaged.... (full context)
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Sarah comes down to Handful’s cellar distraught over her imminent departure North with her Father. Sarah’s... (full context)
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When Sarah has been gone a week, Handful sneaks out for the first time. She walks to... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah gets Father to Philadelphia despite a harrowing ship journey and marvels at the absence... (full context)
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The New Jersey town is miniscule and austere. Father seems no better, and Sarah begins to feel hopeless feeding her father soup like a baby bird. Sarah writes a... (full context)
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In August, Father admits to Sarah that he is dying. Sarah expects him to insist on returning to Charleston, but Father... (full context)
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...believe that she has permission to go to the market. Handful can’t use the pass Sarah wrote because Tomfry knows Sarah is still up North, but Nina appears and tells Tomfry... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah makes it back to Philadelphia but decides not to go back Charleston right away.... (full context)
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On the boat back to Charleston, Sarah meets a Quaker man named Israel Morris. Israel challenges Sarah about her silence in the... (full context)
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...slaves. All of the older slaves begin to shake at the thought of being sold. Sarah (who has returned) cries out that this isn’t fair, but Missus hushes her. (full context)
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...splits more duties among the remaining slaves, and Handful adds house cleaning to her work. Sarah helps Handful clean the drawing room chandelier and Handful asks if Sarah is sad about... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah attempts many letters to Israel, but can finish none of them. Sarah feels called... (full context)
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That night, Sarah goes to her desk to write Israel another letter, and notices that all of her... (full context)
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Spring comes, but Sarah gets no better. Mother and Nina try to help, but nothing shakes Sarah’s depression. In... (full context)
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Israel writes Sarah back with encouragement in the Quaker walk, as well as the news that his wife... (full context)
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Sarah agonizes about the Voice telling her to go North, knowing the impropriety of travel by... (full context)
Part 4: September 1821 – July 1822
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Sarah. Sarah stays at Israel’s house just outside of Philadelphia, after months of arguments with Mother... (full context)
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Sarah keeps busy trying to help Israel’s sister, Catherine, care for a house of eight children.... (full context)
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In September, Israel’s youngest daughter Becky sneaks into Sarah’s room to sleep after having a nightmare. Sarah notices a necklace in Becky’s hand. Becky... (full context)
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As a tutor, Sarah tries as hard as possible to teach the girls all the subjects that are normally... (full context)
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That night, Sarah paddles a small canoe into the middle of the pond and wishes the Voice would... (full context)
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...ever now that Tomfry is no longer there to keep the slaves in check. With Sarah gone, Missus hits the slaves for any mistake and lets the house fall into disrepair.... (full context)
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...front with red and black triangles for blackbirds flying. Handful thinks about Nina’s lectures and Sarah’s guilt, and recognizes the good impulses behind them. Yet Handful knows that Denmark is right... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah takes the children on a picnic to celebrate the first warmth of April, further... (full context)
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As Catherine begins to clear the picnic things, Sarah makes a grave error in daring to touch Israel’s hand. Catherine sees them and accuses... (full context)
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...whole family come to the Quaker meeting, though it is the monthly business meeting that Sarah usually does not attend. Sarah watches the lone woman minister with jealousy, wishing she had... (full context)
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Catherine frames her request that Sarah move as a matter of the strength of Sarah’s faith as a Quaker, making it... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah gets a letter from Nina detailing how terribly Mother has been acting as well... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah comes back to Charleston in full-fledged Quaker garb, much to the chagrin of Mother... (full context)
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Sarah looks for Handful the next morning and finds her joking with Goodis. Goodis jumps up... (full context)
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Nina and Sarah go to the Charleston Quaker meetinghouse the next Sunday. As they walk across town, they... (full context)
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...the white citizens of Charleston remain in a panic. As rules for slaves get stricter, Sarah and the Grimkés are targeted for Sarah’s outburst in favor of abolition. Sarah feels powerless,... (full context)
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...but Handful realizes that half of what Denmark said about their forces was not true. Sarah finds Handful to tell her that Denmark was found guilty and sentenced to death, unaware... (full context)
Part 5: November 1826 – November 1829
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Sarah. Israel visits Sarah at Lucretia Mott’s house, with a new beard covering his face. Israel... (full context)
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Sarah loves living with Lucretia and talking with her about theology and philosophy. The two women... (full context)
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Sarah tries to write Handful a letter, but can’t find a respectful way to express her... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah wears the silver button to Quaker meetings, offending more conservative Quakers like Jane and... (full context)
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Nina writes to Sarah with news that she has fallen in love with the Presbyterian Reverend McDowell, enchanted with... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah writes to Nina, explaining how she refused Israel’s proposal. Sarah no longer wants to... (full context)
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For two years, Sarah struggles to be accepted as a minister. Her speech impediment renders her messages in meeting... (full context)
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Sarah leaves Lucretia’s house and moves in with Catherine so that there will be room for... (full context)
Part 6: July 1835 – June 1838
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Sarah. Sarah and Nina go to the Sunday Quaker meeting and sit on the “Negro pew”... (full context)
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Sarah and Nina sit down next to Sarah Mapps Douglass and her mother Grace, the two... (full context)
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Three weeks after the Negro pew incident, Catherine asks Sarah and Nina to come down before dinner. The sisters are surprised to see the Quaker... (full context)
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Handful. Handful writes to Sarah that Charlotte has died. Handful and Sky hold a small funeral for Charlotte, spreading rice... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah and Nina look desperately for another place to stay in the North, but their... (full context)
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Sarah Mapps is a well-educated woman who teaches the Quaker children, while her mother Grace makes... (full context)
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Sarah comes up with the idea to write an apology for the anti-slavery cause directly written... (full context)
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...a letter from Elizur Wright, the founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society, asking Nina and Sarah to consider joining a series of lectures against slavery he is planning to give in... (full context)
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...up a paper that has floated by and sees that it is a pamphlet by Sarah Grimké. A man tries to take the pamphlet away, so Handful gives him the scotch... (full context)
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...for learning to read. Handful survives the pain by thinking of Charlotte, as well as Sarah’s words calling her a person under God. The next day, Little Missus is extra kind... (full context)
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That afternoon, the mayor comes to see Missus. Handful overhears him tell Missus that Sarah and Angelina will no longer be allowed in Charleston, for their own welfare, due the... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah and Nina give their first lecture in New York, to a full house at... (full context)
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Nina’s electrifying speech is met with resounding applause, and then it is Sarah’s turn to speak. She is nervous, and can feel her stammer returning, feeling especially plain... (full context)
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...circuit spends weeks in New York, and then moves on to New Jersey. Nina and Sarah become both famous and infamous as the Grimké sisters who spur women to act against... (full context)
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Sarah watches Theodore and Nina steal every chance they can get to be alone. Sarah and... (full context)
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...to speak in front of men, and public outcry against the sisters grows even stronger. Sarah and Nina try to stay strong, now fighting not only for abolition but also the... (full context)
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Elizur Wright, Theodore Weld, and John Greenleaf Whittier visit Sarah and Nina to ask them to step back from the abolition lecture circuit. Elizur and... (full context)
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...story quilt and the money with Goodis in the stables, then writes a letter to Sarah saying that Handful will bring Sky north as soon as she can. (full context)
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Sarah. On May 14th, Nina marries Theodore Weld. Sarah finds the whole occasion beautiful, though Nina... (full context)
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As the wedding ceremony begins, Sarah thinks of all the things that led up to this wedding: Theodore’s agreement with Nina’s... (full context)
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Nina pronounces herself and Theodore husband and wife, then the reception party begins. Sarah happily speaks to Lucretia Mott about their feminist accomplishments, until Sarah Mapps interrupts with a... (full context)
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Sarah. Sarah gets back to Charleston, for the first time in 16 years. She relishes this... (full context)
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Handful is happy to see Sarah, but hopes that Sarah has not come to talk Handful out of her escape plan.... (full context)
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Sarah waits four days before talking to Mother. She knows that she has to approach the... (full context)
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Mary Jr., Sarah’s older sister, joins the fight about Hetty and Sky, asking why Sarah feels the right... (full context)
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Sarah goes down to the cellar room that night and wakes Handful. Sky wakes too, and... (full context)
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...to hide their money and possessions, Sky comments that the rabbit is outfoxing the fox. Sarah agrees to hide Charlotte’s story quilt in her trunk. Handful notices that Sarah is not... (full context)
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...next morning, Handful and Sky act as if nothing special is happening. At nine o’clock, Sarah goes to give Missus one final goodbye, wearing her silver button at her throat. Handful... (full context)
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Sarah bluffs past Missus’ butler and gets Handful and Sky ready in the carriage. Goodis notices... (full context)
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The boat’s engine starts and pulls away from the gangplank. Sarah holds Handful’s hand as they watch Charleston fade into the distance, and Handful pictures the... (full context)