By Madelyn Peterson
What is Isabel like?
What happened to Isabel
The first time she was sold she was separated from her father with her mother, and sister. Then a year later her mother died, a year after that her owner died. She was sold by her owner's only living relative left, even though she and her sister were supposed to be set free after the death of their owner. So in a very unfortunate turn of events the wind up slaves at the Lockton's in New York.
But that's not all that the sisters had to endure. The Lockton's where also important loyalists (meaning that they were devoted to the King of England.) Isabel starts to spy on them for the Patriots, due to a promise that her and her sister would be sent on a ship back to Long Island (where they came from). Long story short, that didn't happen. So when everyone fell through for Isabel and Ruth she took it upon herself to change her own destiny. "I put on my skirt and made my way to the bottom of the stairs. The hour was upon me. 'Twas time to act."
Things that Isabel would bring while traveling
Freed From Slavery
This is a note that Isabel stole, and wrote for herself to give her the freedom that was rightfully hers from the beginning. "Isabel Gardener, being a free negro, has the Commandant's Permission to pass from this Garrison to whatever place she may think proper."
Throughout her journey she has gathered, and collected more wisdom and experience. " Before I pushed him down the hall and into the guardhouse, I covered Curzon with the filthy blanket I'd stolen From the first cell. 'Your dead,' I hissed to him. 'No noise.'" I think that it was very smart of Isabel to come up with a plan so quickly, to get Curzon out of prison, and both of them out of slavery.
During her time in New York she met another slave that became her friend very quickly. When she was in trouble because she spied for the patriots ( a group that he was apart of) he was really apologetic. In return Isabel went to the prison that was held in every day, brought food to him, and tried to help when he fell sick. " I handed the bucket to Curzon." You know that she had made a good friendship with Curzon, because she risked nearly everything just to bring him some scrap food.