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The Underground Railroad (novel) Quotes

Colson Whitehead
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Each thing had a value and as the value changed, everything else changed also … in America the quirk was that people were things. Best to cut your losses on an old man who won’t survive a trip across the ocean. A young buck from strong tribal stock got customers into a froth. A slave girl squeezing out pups was like a mint, money that bred money. If you were a thing – a cart or a horse or a slave – your value determined your possibilities. [Ajarry] minded her place.”
-- Narration (Section 1 - Ajarry)

Importance: In this quote, narration sums an essential element of the experience of being a slave in America at the time in which the story is set (the early 1800's): a slave was less than human, and more replaceable than an object. This is the kind of psychological chaining from which Cora and other escaping slaves made desperate efforts to flee.

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-- Narration (Section 1 – Georgia, Part 2)

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