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What happens in Chapter 4 of the book Lyddie?

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Posted January 6, 2008 at 2:33 PM via web

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What happens in Chapter 4 of the book Lyddie?

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Posted January 7, 2008 at 1:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Lyddie's responsibilities at the tavern are grueling, but her work ethic wins her the friendship and respect of Triphena, the cook.  As summer turns to fall, Lyddie finds that her memories of her family are fading - it is only her brother Charlie she still misses.  One day in winter, Charlie comes to visit.  Lyddie is happy to see him, but is worried that he seems so small and frail.  Their conversation in awkward, and when he leaves, she is lonelier than she was before.  In March, when sugaring time comes, there is talk among the tavern guests of runaway slaves from the South being caught nearby and turned in for a hundred dollars reward.  Lyddie has never seen a black person, and wonders what she would do if she saw a fugitive slave.  With a hundred dollars she could pay off her father's debt and she and Charlie could go home.

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