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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

by Avi

Race Quotes

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Quote #1

"Ah, but you and I have much in common."

"I don't think so."

"But we do. Miss Doyle is so young! I am so old! Surely there is something similar in that. And you, the sole girl, and I, the one black, are special on this ship. In short we begin with two things in common, enough to begin a friendship." (2.78-2.80)

Zachariah sees similarities between Charlotte and himself because they're both rather different from the others on the ship. Are the two indeed special? Why are they the ones that can, in the end, overthrow Captain Jaggery?

Quote #2

Never had I met with such impertinence! That this Zachariah, my inferior, a cook, should tell such a slanderous tale of violence and cruelty regarding Captain Jaggery – to me – as thought it were a confidence – was deeply mortifying. I would not, could not believe it! (5.1)

Charlotte automatically assumes that Zachariah, the Seahawk's cook and only black sailor, is her inferior. What is this assumption based upon?

Quote #3

Mr. Hollybrass turned Zachariah so that he faced into the shrouds, then climbed up into these shrouds and with a piece of rope bound his hands, pulling him so that the old man was all but hanging from his wrists, just supporting himself on the tips of his bare toes.

Zachariah uttered no sound.

I turned to look at Captain Jaggery. Only then did I see that he had a whip in his hands, its four strands twitching like the tail of an angry cat. Where he got it I don't know. (11.27-11.29)

Though Zachariah is a free man, here he's being strung up and beaten like a slave. This is an image we may have seen in literature many times before, and thus this moment becomes all the more disturbing.

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