Mr. Field is the “Curator of Living History” at the museum in South Carolina, where he employs Cora, Isis, and Betty as “types.” He is a relatively fair and kind employer, however he misunderstands Cora’s protests that the scenes in which she poses inaccurately represent the truth of what slavery is like. This misunderstanding highlights the fact that Mr. Field believes in whitewashed myths about the treatment of enslaved people, even when the brutal reality is all around him.
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Chapter 4: South Carolina
...women named Isis and Betty. Betty tells the others that she likes the fact that Mr. Field never shows his temper, unlike her previous employers. The museum visitors, however, are not so... (full context)