In Reply to: Why does Moses care? posted by Amy Stretten on October 9, 2002 at 20:04:38:
Frances was a victim. If you remember at the beginning, before she was to be married to Josiah, (when Josiah was asking permission from her uncle) the uncle went to Frances and said explicitly, (paraphrased) "you know that you will become his property?"
I think it is interesting that they chose to juxtapose the idea of marital bonds as slavery to what we consider slavery. While The treatment Frances received is not even comparable to that of the slaves, but she was a slave to Josiah in bed, in work, and in the home.
I don't agree that she was acting in a self-serving manner, don't forget the bonds of love (another interesting parallel.)
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