When the mayor of New York says "the beast has grown to large...we must cut off its head," who is the beast and what does he mean? (Chains by Laruie Halse Anderson)

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That quote appears in chapter 14, and the full quote is as follows:

"The beast has grown too large," the mayor said. "If it breaks free of its chains, we are all in danger. We need to cut off its head."

This is the chapter that narrates one of Isabel's early opportunities to spy for the rebellion. Mr. Lockton has some very important Loyalist guests over in this chapter, and one of them is the mayor of New York. Isabel is told to serve them refreshments, and like Curzon predicted, the men behave as if Isabel isn't even there or can't understand what they are talking about. The men are discussing the state of the rebellion, and they...

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