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Dana Per the author's notes:
The original idea of the "wings" came from black folklore where people in Africa were thought to fly and then lost their wings when captured as slaves.

Wings mean freedom. The Invention of...means how these characters came to find their personal freedom through abolition and women's rights.

Holly This was a common theme throughout. Did you really miss that?
Patricia The author explains it in her notes at the end.... Sarah invented her wings, to escape the tyranny of Charleston. Handful did the same... but the symbolism of the wings carries through the novel, on Charlotte's quilt and in many other ways. The mythology --- of a time in Africa, when black people had wings.
Aida The theme of lifting ones 'wings' to fly is consistent throughout the book via Charlotte's story telling to Handle and Sky, via the quilt. One needs to find their wings to be able to fly/escape to reach their dreams.
Julian Grev Yes, those and death, nobly met.
Betsy Ellen Friedson Wow how did you miss that??? Sorry not trying to sound mean but maybe reread
Marcia Wythers It is in the first chapter.
Martha A. Galvan The quilt Handful's mother made. Had black birds, the black triangles, represented freedom. Her mother reminded her of their heritage, and her mother wanted freedom. Mind and soul.
Tina Reader Freedom, inventing your personal liberty for survival and self satisfaction.
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