By Michael Grossberg
A Judgment for Solomon tells the tale of the d'Hauteville case, a debatable baby custody conflict fought in 1840. It makes use of the tale of 1 couple's sour struggle over their son to discover a few timebound and undying good points of yank criminal tradition. This eagerly trial sparked a countrywide debate over the felony rights and tasks of dad and mom, husbands and other halves. The d'Hauteville case explains why well known trials turn into "precedents of felony experience"-- mediums for debates approximately hugely contested social concerns. It additionally demonstrates the facility of person men and women to give a contribution to felony swap via turning to the legislation to struggle for what they wish.
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Ellen recalled feeling trapped. Despite thinking that Gonzalve io A Judgment for Solomon had secured her consent without fully disclosing his financial circumstances, she "had no thought of violating my word, when once given, unless I should be voluntarily released by him to whom it had been pledged. I was therefore deeply concerned, that my father should have rejected him, after I had accepted him. Young, and imbued with the sentiments ordinarily entertained at that age, I was peculiarly sensitive upon the subject of my duty to keep my word in this respect, and until freely released, considered it nearly as binding as the marriage contract.
77 Perhaps his fruitless visit to the Searses' Beacon Street mansion trying to find Ellen had awakened his sense of the family's standing in Boston. Constructed in 1820, the house was located among the residences of the social and economic elite of New England at a time of the region's economic ascendency over the new nation's burgeoning capitalist industries. 78 He was doubtless told that David was considered one of the city's leading merchants and investors, having joined with Nathan Appleton, Francis Lowell, and other wealthy Bostonians in an investment group called the Fifty Associates.
As they did so, the frustrated husband and father must have begun to appreciate not only the steely determination of his wife but also the power of the man he now challenged. Just as Ellen had undergone her own Swiss education, so now Gonzalve began to learn about America. Back in Europe, he had been dazzled by the Searses' wealth. 76 As he brooded, Gonzalve must have begun to appreciate the Searses' power and to understand why they assumed he would buckle under their threats. 77 Perhaps his fruitless visit to the Searses' Beacon Street mansion trying to find Ellen had awakened his sense of the family's standing in Boston.