How did the fire and its aftermath affect the relationship between Isabel and Lady Seymour

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The terrible fire that engulfs New York City brings Isabel and Lady Clarissa Seymour much closer together. When the fire threatens to burn down the Seymour residence, Isabel doesn't hesitate to spring into action. She saves Lady Seymour's life, as well as a picture of her late husband. Isabel knows...

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The terrible fire that engulfs New York City brings Isabel and Lady Clarissa Seymour much closer together. When the fire threatens to burn down the Seymour residence, Isabel doesn't hesitate to spring into action. She saves Lady Seymour's life, as well as a picture of her late husband. Isabel knows how much sentimental value Lady Seymour attaches to that picture, and so doesn't hesitate to save it, even if it means leaving behind Ruth's doll to be consumed by the flames.

Lady Seymour had always displayed kindness and consideration towards Isabel, as she finds slavery a most repugnant institution. But in the aftermath of the fire she draws closer to the young slave girl. Over time, Lady Seymour becomes more of a friend than a well-meaning mistress, and she takes a number of risks which show just how much Isabel means to her. For instance, she instinctively takes Isabel's side when she takes food to Curzon while he's in prison. Since she is a Loyalist, one would expect Lady Seymour to turn Isabel in, but her friendship is such that she would never dream of doing such a thing.

With virtually her last breath, Lady Seymour demonstrates the ultimate act of friendship by allowing Isabel to take her money and run away as soon as possible, thus facilitating her bid for freedom.

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