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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by

Harriet Jacobs

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 5 Summary

The Trials of Girlhood

  • New year, new troubles.
  • Now that Linda is fifteen, Mr. Flint is getting ideas. He whispers dirty suggestions in her ear and threatens to kill her if she tells anyone.
  • It's the end of innocence.
  • Here's a little anecdote to illustrate how different Linda's life is from that of a white teenager:
  • She once saw two young girls playing together, one a free white child and the other a black slave.
  • The girls seem like BFFs right now, but not for long.
  • The white child will grow up free and protected, while the slave girl will only know sin and misery.
  • Linda asks a pointed question: knowing all this, why are Northern men and women so silent on the question of slavery?

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