After reading this story we can understand many themes that the book seems to discuss. One of the main ideas that are portrayed within this excerpt is how close Hiram is to his family even though he is separated from them. He is able to clearly picture rose even though she is presumed to be sold to a slave-trading town in another state. What I enjoyed about this story was how the author was able to vividly describe the stone bridge because it made me feel as if I was there. He has a great way of describing even the saddest of stories by pushing readers to imagine the situation and see it with their own eyes.