Both Grace Marks and Nancy Montgomery are servants and are therefore are of the lower class. Lower class women did not usually leave behind records other than statistics. They were usually working and had little or no leisure time. It would have also been unlikely for lower class women to have been literate or for them to have had the funds to purchase ink, paper and other means needed for writing. Before the murders and her imprisonment Grace would have had very little time to herself. As a servant she would have likely had little money to spare for paper, ink, or stamps for letter writing. Therefore Grace and other women of the lower class would not have had the same luxury as some upper class women who kept ...
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... alleged crime and conviction. Therefore there is no shortage of material about Grace Marks. However, the people writing down this information were subject to their own biases, other influences, and when writing from memory more likely to forget things or remember them incorrectly. Despite the records of her who Grace Marks truly was, like many lower class women who do not have such records, is lost to history.
Margaret Atwood, “In Search of Alias Grace: On Writing Canadian Historical Fiction,” The American Historical Review Vol.108, no. 5(Dec, 1998): 1503-1516, accessed December 26, 2014, http://www.jstor.org/stable/2649966
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