George Washington's Socks

by Elvira Woodruff

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Why was George Washington initially suspicious of the children in George Washington's Socks?

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Washington is understandably suspicious of the four children he rescues from the Delaware River because he encounters them while in the process of carrying out a surprise attack on the city of Trenton. To encounter children, especially such strange-looking children at such a delicate moment in his strategy, makes him suspect that they are spies for the British, sent to learn more as to the movements of the Continental army. His decision to keep the kids on the far side of the river is motivated in part by concern for their safety, but also perhaps by lingering suspicion as to their loyalty. He knows he cannot risk double agents who might give away his army’s position in the moments prior to his attack.

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