Examine Isabel's meaning when she says, "I was chained between two nations."

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This quote appears in chapter 29 of the book. It's a great quote because of its brevity. By this point in the novel, Isabel has deeply considered which side of the conflict to take; however, her thinking isn't based on which country she thinks is right or wrong. Isabel debates which cause she should support based on which side she believes will grant her freedom soonest. What Isabel discovers is that neither side really truly wants to grant her and the rest of the slaves freedom. Each side simply wants to use the slaves as pieces on a chess board, and they dangle freedom in front of the slaves as a motivational tool. Regardless of who Isabel supports, she is likely to remain a slave "chained" to that cause. Each side wants her, and each side pulls that metaphorical chain in order to keep her from going to the other side. In the end, Isabel chooses her own freedom. She escapes from the Lockton house, forges her freedom papers, and leaves New York. She breaks her...

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