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Apprendre l'anglais > Cours & exercices d'anglais > Exercices d'anglais > test d'anglais n°17424 : Sally et ses gens
Sally et ses gens
Sally had them gathered into the clearing, and she came to them as supplicant, not as mistress.
'Abe Lincoln has issued an order making all slaves in United States territory free' she began, and stopped again for a moment. It was not easy for her. She knew that they didn't understand why she was telling them what they already knew.
'And so you are free,' she said. 'Free to do what you want, go where you will.'
The reaction surprised her, for there was none. 'There is nowhere you can go, except to the enemy, for in the South, if you go and you are caught, you will be treated as runaways. And if you go to the North, you will be enlisted into the army, to fight against us. Possibly to die'. She was surrounded by bewilderment. Freedom had come, but somehow it seemed empty. Jeremiah spoke for the many.
'What can we do, Missy?' he asked Sally.
'You can stay,' she said. 'I need you to work the land. I cannot pay you anything, but I will share with you what we have. You will eat as we eat, and live as we live. When the war is over and the Massa returns, when the future is clearer, we may make other arrangements. For the moment, all I can offer you is a safe place to be, a roof of your heads, and a bed to sleep in.'
'What you going do if we go?' Jeremiah asked her. 'I don't know,' Sally told him honestly. 'Pray for you. Pray for all of us.'
There was silence again, and the sound of shuffling feet. Jeremiah was the spokesman, the leader. It rested on him. The weight of the decision frustrated him. It had all seemed so easy. They would be free and they would go and make new lives for themselves. But they were free, and where could they go? Very few of them actually wanted to go North now. It was alien land to them, enemy country, and filled with war and danger. Most of them had been born and grown up on this plantation; very few of them had any concept of the world beyond it, and those who did, like Jeremiah, had no affection for it. In the short days of his escape, he had never been so hungry in his life. He could go, and make it to Union lines, and even join the army, fight for freedom, but he had freedom, Missy Sally had given it to him, so what was there to fight for? Here was food, here was shelter, here was what he knew. This was his place. It was so easy. Everything else was too hard.
'And if we stay, we're free?' he asked, trying to established his options.
'If you stay, you are free,' Sally assured him. Jeremiah shrugged.
'I reckon I going stay, for a little while, anyway,' he told the others. 'This here the only home I got'
He walked away, and slowly the others followed.
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