I found this photo of Maori people on a New Zealand travel guide.
1. On the voyage to New Zealand, Mrs. Randolph, a fellow passenger, cares for Margaret as she miscarries. Later, when Margaret tries to explain her frief over her new friend's death to Henry, she thinks, "the small transactions between women, particularly mothers, cannot adequately be explained to a man. Some, like hers with Mrs. Randolph, will bind women for life." Do you agree with Margaret? Can a strong relationship between women be forged in a matter of hours?
2. When my face-to-face book club discussed The Wives of Henry Oades, someone remarked on how much it showed women supporting other women. Name some of the places that's true of the book.
3. Why do you think Henry Oades misidentified Mim Bell as his wife? How could he have made such a grievous error?
4. Margaret teaches her children lessons every evening: grammar, mathematics, and etiquette. "It was her duty to prepare them for their return. She refused to accept the possibility that they might grow old and die a natural death here. Margaret never once considered setting her children free to be slaves." She refuses to allow her children to live the life before them, planning, instead, for the life she hopes they will claim. Why do you think Margaret remains so steadfast during their captivity?