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Beatrice Nava's picture

dinner party

I don't know whether I'm entitled to crash the party, having just skimmed through the "prospectus" and reactions.

I'm essentially literal-minded, I suppose. Is that a characteristic of my age and stage (class of '43!)?

I look at the title and lock myself in to Sojourner Truth: In the middle she wears the mask demanded of her at her different ages and stages: the original and ongoing grief and rage at the indignities she suffers because of being a slave and being a woman. Her first reaction is probably pain, hence the weeping, which emerges as rage and the determination to fight. Through it all she frequently has to mask her feelings in order to pursue her fight and flight, but she can never forget either her color or her sex.


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