Sarah Canary - Section v, chapters 9-11; section vi, chapters 12-13 Summary & Analysis

Karen Joy Fowler
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Section v introduces Victoria Woodhull and her promotion of free love and references “Anna Karenina”. It also states that in 1873 the Association for the Advancement of Women was founded.

Chapter nine, “Adelaide’s Theories on Seduction” reveals that Adelaide saw Sarah and recognized her profile as Lydia Palmer, a woman who murdered her husband. Adelaide reflects on how she toured with Louise, who fell in and got married. Adelaide continued the tour unescorted, which caused a scandal. Adelaide heard the commotion in Sarah’s room and interrupted the scuffle between Sarah and Harold, during which Sarah got her hands on a gun. Adelaide stabbed Harold, disarmed Sarah, and took her to her room for the night. Sarah, who is referred to as Lydia in this chapter, falls asleep.

Adelaide considers what she’ll do if Harold wants...

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