Image: A hiding place for self-emancipators at the Levi Coffin House, Fountain City, IN. The beds could be moved in front of the door to mask it. People working in the Underground Railroad hid freedom seekers in walls, attics, cellars, barns, and even furniture. Image from https://www.waynet.org/levicoffin/
In Part 4 of the Newcomer, Eli Smith learned that his landlady Maggie Blaine has a secret. In Part 5, he suddenly finds himself participating in an act of civil disobedience – although, as it turns out, this is something with which he is familiar.
Is Emily overprotective of Maggie? Or is she just being a good friend? I think it could go either way. However, propriety in the 1800s was everything, especially in a small town like Blaineton. It would be only natural that Emily would want to protect her friend’s reputation.
What is it that Maggie wants to discuss with Eli? I guess we’ll have to wait until next week and the conclusion of The Newcomer.
And, since the COVID-19 pandemic is in the news and our lives, I think I’ll look at epidemics in the mid-1800s for my Friday or Saturday blog (this might require a bit of research!).
Until, then, gators, REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS! Love ya!
Janet Stafford, Squeaking Pips Founder