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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl


by Harriet Jacobs

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 2 Summary

The New Master and Mistress

  • The narrator and her brother William move in with their new family, headed by local physician Dr. Flint.
  • They are not immediately made welcome.
  • We finally get the narrator's name, courtesy of her grandmother. It's Linda.
  • More sadness: Linda's dad dies.
  • You'd think she might get the day off, but instead Mrs. Flint orders her to pick flowers to decorate the house.
  • Remember Grandma's mistress, who borrowed all that money? She dies with the debt still outstanding.
  • Grandma goes to the guy who inherited the mistress's estate to ask for the money back, which goes about as well as you'd expect: he basically laughs in her face.

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