As Her visitor babbled on about the dangers of letting blacks and whites marry, Prudence said sharply, "Moses had a black wife."(28)
"It was an old law, one that people in Canterbury probably didn't know existed. Originally written in 1650 to keep homeless beggars out of town, the ordinance had been dragged up by Andrew Judson and his friends." (47)
Signpost: Numbers and stats
"That was serious and frightening. There was no way Prudence could ever allow Ann Eliza to be whipped, but what would she do?" (48)
This makes me wonder why people back then hate blacks so much. They have a different skin color than most of the townspeople but that doesn't mean that they can't have the same rights.
Word Gap: Submissive
"Nineteenth century women were supposed to be gentle , submissive creatures who always obeyed men". (28)
The author used these numbers to show that the people that are against Prudence will dig up anything to keep her from getting what she wants.
Summary: Somebody Wanted, But ,So
If Prudence keeps this mindset she will not get equality for black people. Then Canter berry will remain a racist and Un-equal town.
Book Club Question
Definition: ready to conform to the authority or will of others; meekly obedient or passive. Technical term? No
Prudence wanted justice for black peoples education ,but people didn't agree with that, so they boycotted Prudence and made threats to kick her out of town.
How would it be if people were this negative this day in age? Why might Prudence risk everything including her life for justice?