- Cora's life changed drastically after getting on the underground railroad. In addition to getting used to her new name of Bessie, what other changes did she have to get used to? What do you believe would be the hardest change to become accustomed to?
- "Stolen bodies working stolen land." Comment.
- Dr. Bertram shares the truth of the hospital's work with the black population, and Sam passes on the information/warning to Cora and Caesar. While reading this, my mind flashed to the biography THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. What similarities do you see between the medical stories?
- A new character is introduced: Stevens, a medical student and body snatcher. What are your impressions of this man?
- What is the meaning of the following quote in your own words? "And if you could make a study of the dead, Steven's thought from time to time, you could make a study of the living, and make them testify as no cadaver could."
- Martin's father left him a treasure when he died. "The treasure, of course, was the underground railroad. Some might call freedom the dearest currency of all, but it was not what Martin expected." What do you imagine was Martin's initial reaction to discovering this treasure? Comment on freedom as currency, and the underground railroad as treasure.
- Cora did not see Ethel beyond the first night she arrived. That is, until Cora became ill and Ethel became her caregiver. Cora imagined a motherly kiss while she was in the midst of fever. Do you think the kiss was real or imagined? Why or why not?
- What are your thoughts at the conclusion of this chapter? Do you feel any hope for Cora? How about Martin and Ethel?
Tell me what you are thinking of the story so far, whether you answer the specific questions or not! I am excited to chat more about this book!
Next week, we will be back on Monday to chat about the next three sections: ETHEL, TENNESSEE, and CAESAR. This is a shorter week of reading, so if you are behind in reading it's a great time to catch-up. See you all back again next week.