What is the setting of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea?

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There are three parts to Jean Rhys' novel Wide Sargasso Sea, and each part takes place in a different setting.  Part I recounts the childhood and young adulthood of the central character, Antoinette Cosway.  The story begins in 1839 in Jamaica, which is at that time part of the British Empire.  It has been six years since the abolishment of slavery in the Empire, and the social situation on the island is chaotic.  Antoinette lives on the impoverished Coulibri Estate in Jamaica, and as a child of mixed racial heritage, she is isolated from her peers, being neither black nor white.

In Part 2, the setting moves to another island in the Carribbean, Dominica , and specifically, a...

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