Please provide examples from "The Passing of Grandison" where we see examples that things aren't always as they seem.

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One distinct example from "The Passing of Grandison" where we see that things are not always as they seem is with Grandison himself.  Grandison appears to be happy and content, one who would never stray from his master.  The reality is that he actually does escape upon his return, thereby fooling everyone with his appearance of complicity.  He "passes" for being a content and loyal slave, while the reality of his actions speak to another condition.  

Such an idea feeds into the idea that Grandison's owners "know" or "understand" the mind of the slave.  There is a belief that owners get fully grasp the condition of the slave's thinking.  In an almost arbitrarily reductive manner, slaves are seen as simplistic and monistic, incapable of complex actions or thoughts.  When Dick finds that Grandison has not taken any money from him even though he was afforded the opportunity to do so, Dick surmises that Grandison "... sensibly recognized his true place in the economy of civilization,...

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