Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire) (Volume 1)
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In this Christy-award-winning novel, now beautifully repackaged, a timid southern belle must find her voice--and her courage--when she joins the Abolitionist cause.
was nothing she could do to stop it. She told him the truth. “While the guards were searching downstairs, Eli hid Robert in my bed.” “Dear God . . . Caroline . . .” “Please believe me . . . I did nothing improper. If I had, would I have told you the truth about his hiding place?” “I don’t know. I don’t know what to believe anymore.” Pain had replaced the anger in his eyes. His chest rose and fell as he struggled with his emotions. Caroline knew he would ask her about Ferguson soon, and she
fainted in them.’ ” Gilbert took the Bible next. “ ‘Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble,’ ” he read, “ ‘and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.’ ” Gilbert gave the book to Esther. “ ‘Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.’ ” Caroline could barely
beds some night, just like Nat Turner’s men did.” “What are you talking about?” “A slave named Nat Turner started an uprising just like this, right here in Virginia. The slaves went from plantation to plantation one night, slaughtering white people in their beds—even women and children.” “Eli would never do that!” “You’re very naïve, Caroline. All it takes is one or two troublemakers to start a mob. We can’t let them plan a rebellion. We have to go warn Father.” “No, wait! That wasn’t what
to keep from crying. “Must be something awful bad happen if you gonna be living in the barn from now on.” “I don’t know where I should live, Eli.” My tears began to fall, but Eli waited, patient as always, until I could speak. “Some people up north are working so hard to end slavery,” I finally said. “John Brown may have been misguided, but at least he put his convictions into action, even though it cost him his life. I want to help end slavery, too, but everyone else in Richmond is working
blockade into the open sea, so the decision had been made to destroy her. Now Richmond faced a new threat. I learned of it when Mr. St. John drove up Church Hill late one afternoon to warn me. “Caroline, you must pack your things and get ready to leave the city,” he said. Gilbert had shown him into Daddy’s library, but Mr. St. John was too agitated to sit down, too distraught to accept even a glass of brandy or one of Daddy’s last few cigars. “I’m sending Sally and my wife to safety outside