Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Prologue | Chapter One Abstract
It is 1835 in New England. Sarah meets her father (Alex Stafford) for the first time and learns that he never wanted her. When Alex tires of Sarah's mother (Mae), Sarah and Mae move to the docks of New York to live, and eventually Mae resorts to prostitution to survive.
* When Sarah is...
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