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In the short story “The Wife Of His Youth” by Charles Chesnutt, Mr. Ryder seems to be a man of a forgotten past. This all suddenly changes when he encounters an elderly woman by the name of Liza Jane from Missouri. She would ask him of having any knowledge of her husband Sam Taylor in hope of finding him after twenty-five years of separation. She begins to explain how her husband was threatening to be sold into slavery down the river, being born a free man he would run away promising to return for her at the age of twenty-one. Keeping his promise he would return to Liza but only to never find her after she was sold down the river soon after. Next Liza begins to emphasize the fact that she could not possibly forget the face of Sam Taylor even after all of these years. Saying “I ‘d know ‘im ‘mongs’ a hund’ed men”. She also ensured that the real Sam, would never deny her or be remarried until assure of her first. After listening to Liza Jane’s story it seemed to have an effect on Mr. Ryders as he  soon after began to stare at the mirror and seemingly contemplate a decision in his head.     Again Liza seems to be assured of her husband being in Groveland and it can be said that she knew exactly of Mr. Ryder. Even though positive of the true identity of Mr. Ryder, Liza says nothing to him about it. I believe this is due to her wanting to see if he still felt the same way for her as she once and still feel for him. Unknowing of his new life she would not want to cause trouble to him by announcing the finding of Mr. Ryder as Sam Taylor.        Throughout the time of listening to Liza’s story of her husband, Mr. Ryder could not be more interested. He would continue by saying “he may have married another woman” but she would simply deny this accusation. Mr. Ryder may not have wanted to show his true identity due to him not being the same man of his past, not sure of where he stood anymore caused by the overwhelming time apart from one another. During the ball, the story of Liza Jane bared great on Mr. Ryder’s heart bring it to the attention of his audience presenting them with a hypothetical case. This case would be in the exact similarity of the story told by Liza previously, emphasizing her loyalty and companionship through manhood. This was important to offer to his guest during the ball to get their perspective of what should be done in the given situation receiving a genuine response from the crowd. In conclusion, Mr. Ryder would remember Liza, acknowledging Liza to her surprise as the wife of his youth.

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