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Literature / The Last Runaway

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'The Last Runaway' is a novel by Tracey Chevalier, telling the story of Quaker woman Honor Bright, who goes to America in search of adventure, and eventually finds herself helping the Underground Railroad.

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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Donovan is the bad boy that Honor has some feelings for...except he's not exactly ideal considering he's a slave-catcher, making him a foil to Honor and her principles.

  • An Immigrant's Tale

  • Cool Old Lady

  • Culture Shock

  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Donovan dies in Honor's arms after being shot.

  • Fish out of Water: Honor Bright is a demure, British and religious young woman thrown into the informality and new-ness of 1850s Ohio. It doesn't help that Donovan pokes fun at this frequently.

  • I Can Change My Beloved: Sort of. Honor frequently notes that Donovan would be an ideal match for her as long as he didn't partake in the racist and actually terrible trade of slave-catching. Donovan actually understands this and offers to change, but Honor goes onto to marry Jack Haymaker instead.

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  • The American Dream

  • Unresolved Sexual Tension between Donovan and Honor.

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