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ENGLISH SPEECH Chapter eight page eighty-three to eighty-six of the book The longest Memory by Fred Daguir is all about Cook Cook who is the mother of chapel 2nd wife to Whitechapel Sanders seniors once-upon-time concubine and Mr Whitechapels currant slave cook Or at least by this chapters reckoning Cook is at heart a genuine and warm spirited person who seems only to care about her husband and son She is obviously a devoted wife and mother who loves those two as much as one can She has a surprising amount of intelligence for an eighteenth century slave and with that intelligence comes some morale values more highly regarded to our society than that of many of her so-called superiors Although she may not seem to play as major a role to the storyline as say Chapel or Whitechapel however she is still important to the story She brings to it an emotional dimension that seems to be the foundation of Whitechapel and Chapels relationship She seems to be the person that through love and respect for both characters helps develop the mutual respect between the father and son who are so stubbornly fixed in their opposing values and attitudes towards life and slavery Id have to say as an afterthought Cook to me plays a similar role that really reminds me of Juliets maid in Romeo and Juliet In this chapter like the maid Cook decides to not hinder the couple Chapel and Lydia with their secret Daguiar also makes another reference to Shakespeare in chapter five page sixty second last verse Obviously a fan Id now like to contradict the statement I first made chapter eight is not just about Cook Its more a tale of cooks discovery of the budding relationship between her son and her masters daughter and of Chapels literacy Its interesting to such events form cooks point of view The
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