By Lynn Austin
Booklet 1 within the Refiner's fireplace sequence. The daughter of a filthy rich slave-holding kinfolk from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a tradition that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically applicable. yet upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened for the 1st time to the lads and girls 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 dangers and sacrifices her ideals entail.
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He bowed politely in greeting. Daddy didn舗t rise from his chair. 舠Jonathan. 舡 The words rushed from Jonathan舗s mouth as if he舗d been holding them back for a long time. 舠Father says you舗d better come to Hilltop right away, sir. 舡 Daddy resumed eating, cutting his meat without looking up. 舡 I watched Jonathan舗s face twist with emotion. He gazed up at the ceiling, as if to keep the tears that had sprung to his eyes from overflowing. 舠I . . um . . 舡 He cleared his throat but his voice still sounded hoarse.
No! This can舗t be my little Caroline. 舡 I danced from foot to foot, waiting for Gilbert to take Daddy舗s coat, my stomach writhing in an agony of nerves. When I finally found my voice, it sounded very small. 舡 舠Why, certainly. 舡 He offered me his arm and led me into his library. Daddy sank into his usual armchair behind his desk, but I was too fidgety to sit. I stood in front of him, squirming with anxiety. Suddenly I didn舗t want to be a fine lady anymore. I longed for Daddy to open his arms wide and invite me to crawl up onto his lap and hug his neck the way I hugged Big Eli.
I knew from the globe in my daddy舗s library that the world was a very huge place. The thought of my friend Grady all alone out there gave me a lost, helpless feeling. I glanced over my shoulder at all the harsh white faces in the crowd, then at the dark, bent heads, and I knew that wherever Grady was, he must be terrified. I suddenly felt guilty for being frightened just to go to school. I settled back on the carriage seat again and drew a deep breath, determined to be brave. We arrived at the Richmond Female Institute, a three-story brick row house with white pillars by the front steps and neat black shutters on the windows.
Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin