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Was Beatrice a prisoner?

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1 Was Beatrice a prisoner? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:21 pm

I'm a little fuzzy on Beatrice's status at the beginning of The Dreamer (historical timeline). Nathan says she was abducted from her parents' home by the British and that General Howe has kept her "with him" for six months.

Was she a prisoner? When Alan rescues her, it seems like she's in a bed in a dining room, not in a prison cell.

Was she being held hostage? Some sort of leverage against her father, perhaps?

Any ideas?

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2 Re: Was Beatrice a prisoner? on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:28 am


I was scourging the internet, and in one interview Lora said that "When the British evacuated Boston, in March of ‘76, she was arrested from her family home by the king’s men on charges of treason surrounding the events of April 19th, 1775."


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3 Re: Was Beatrice a prisoner? on Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:10 pm

Thanks for tracking that down!

So, Bea helped the colonists begin the revolution, probably by somehow assisting the American volunteer militia.

Doesn't it seem odd that General Howe kept her "with him" for six months, though? Shouldn't she have been put in prison or given a trial or something?

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4 Re: Was Beatrice a prisoner? on Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:40 am

Hmm... that does sound weird. I wonder what that's all about? Wink

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5 Re: Was Beatrice a prisoner? on Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:37 am

What treason? What would she be commiting?

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6 Re: Was Beatrice a prisoner? on Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:15 pm

ilovefrederick wrote:What treason? What would she be commiting?

My theory is as follows: In real life history, someone told about General Gage's plans to march on Concord and capture the ammunition. Historians suspect Margaret Gage (General Gage's wife) for General Gage told only her and a trusted British officer. But... what if Bea was friends with Margaret Gage (Hence the Tory suspicions)and Margaret told Beatrice, who then told Joseph Warren. If she did do this, then she would probably be held for high treason against the British Crown, and awaiting a proper trial. (Hence her being with General Howe.) However, she cannot have a proper trial because they are fighting a war. If guilty of high treason... Well, either death or life imprisonment. However, they probably would not do that... Maybe they would hold her for money or something, I do not know... At this point, I hit a wall.

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