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Hannah, a young black woman of free, New England ancestry. Her passion and intelligence are often masked by an earnest gentility learned from her abolitionist mentors. It is through the assumed forms of gentility?her slightly stilted speech, her hats which are both chic and sensual?that she expresses an innate dignity and an integrity of vision that are slightly at variance with the conventional New England schoolmarm she thinks she will be. Her self assurance, at times, is undermined bydoi:10.17077/0021-065x.2665 fatcat:rqjdfztqczeqnf64sv4ircix5q