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By Lynn Austin

Booklet 1 within the Refiner's fireplace sequence. The daughter of a prosperous slave-holding family members from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a tradition that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically appropriate. yet upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened for the 1st time to the lads and ladies who've cared tirelessly for her. Her trip of adulthood and religion will draw her into the abolitionist circulation, the place she is faced with the hazards and sacrifices her ideals entail.

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Missy Caroline gonna be beautiful, just like you, ma舗am,舡 Ruby said as she worked. 舠And she have your skin, too. 舡 舠If only we can keep her from running all around in the backyard from now on, it just might stay white, too,舡 Mother said. 舠I told her father she舗s twelve years old now, and it simply won舗t do to have her pretty white skin all freckled from the sun. Or worse still, to have her looking as brown as a Negro. 舡 Grady. I suddenly recalled the feeling of warm sunshine on my hair and my face, of cool grass beneath my bare feet, and the sound of Grady舗s rippling laughter as we chased each other around the backyard.

He looked frightened, desperate, glancing around in all directions as if someone might overhear us. 舠Never ask a slave who fathered her children,舡 he said in a harsh whisper. 舡 I didn舗t believe him. It seemed preposterous. 舠Kill her? 舡 But Eli had turned away. He continued raking, as if he hadn舗t heard my question. A moment later Gilbert came outside through the rear door. I watched him walk toward us in his light, gliding step舒like an empty ship sailing upriver. I wondered how old he was.

The walls of her front foyer were decorated with imitation marble wallpaper. Her father had purchased it on one of his trading ventures, and although it reminded Caroline of him and of the gentle life they舗d once led, perhaps it could now serve a more important function. It was paper, after all舒sheets and sheets of paper. And what earthly good was wallpaper in a house that Union troops might burn to the ground any day? She remembered seeing a loose corner of wallpaper that had come unglued beside the library door.

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