Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 31 Summary
Incidents in Philadelphia
When they reach Philadelphia, Linda meets a black man named Rev. Jeremiah Durham, a local minister. He offers Fanny and Linda places to stay for the night, while they wait for a morning car to New York.
Linda stays with the Durhams, who are both kind to her, and ask her stories about her life in slavery.
She tells them everything—and we mean everything. Mr. Durham says that maybe she shouldn't be quite so open, especially about all the sex.
This new city life is blowing Linda's mind. Fire engines, street vendors, portraits of black children—it's crazy.
One of their abolitionist friends offers to pay Linda’s way to New York. She refuses, since she has money from Aunt Martha. Instead, they pay Fanny’s way.
The women stay in Philadelphia for a few days, until one of Mrs. Durham’s friends offers to accompany them to New York.
Here comes Linda’s first experience of northern prejudice: they can ride the train, all right, but they can't ride in first-class. It's coach for them.