The first part of this short story is set in new England. I think in 1776. The parts that I found interesting was when she had to explain to her children why there father was away. Mrs. Ward says Mr. Ward has gone to fight because "Rebels would not be slaves to the British crown". This first part gives you an idea of how passionate they were about gaining there freedom. I can't imagine how hard it must have been for Mrs. Ward. She gave everything for freedom. The very last line of part one shows you this.
Part two of this short story is about a black man returning home to his family. They become very happy. Then the man gets arrested for being a fugitive or runaway slave I think. The very last line of this story I found interesting. I'm not sure Excatly what the author means but this line seemed to jump out at me.