by Sally Cabot Gunning
Harper Collins, 2016
(from page 20)Martha had decried the decadence and filth of Paris to Tom Randolph, but in truth, there was something as decadent about Monticello, although in a different way—the slower pace of life, perhaps, or the way her father's French wines and more elaborate French furniture, just now beginning to arrive from France, seemed out of place. And then Negroes. They crept about in an unnerving, pantherlike silence that Martha hadn't noticed before she left for France. What did they hear as they moved about? And why hadn't Martha ever before wondered about that? Martha puzzled over what seemed such a great change, either in her or in life at Monticello, she truly didn't know which. She asked Maria, pointing as Sallys' sister Critta whispered out of the room after stirring up the fire, "Were they always so quiet?"
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