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The Captain's Widow of SandwichSelf-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834-1917$
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Megan Taylor Shockley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783191

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783191.001.0001

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Becoming the Captain’s Wife

Becoming the Captain’s Wife

Crafting Personas and Defining Relationships

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The Captain's Widow of Sandwich

Megan Taylor Shockley

NYU Press

This chapter discusses two journals which reflect Rebecca's life following her childhood entries in Flowers in Frolic. In the first journal Rebecca wrote of her experiences with William and reminisced about him immediately after his departure. In the second, Rebecca reflected on her relationship with her husband and her role as a wife while William was away, as well as her concern that William continue to act as a faithful husband. Throughout these two journals Rebecca established important components of her life narrative. She defined her husband's personality and character, created her own persona, located her own position in society, and finally illustrated the nature of her relationship with her husband.

Keywords:   Rebecca Burgess, William Burgess, life narrative, husband, persona, defining relationships, marriage, wife

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