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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs

Friendship Quotes

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Quote #4

I had heard that the poor slave had many friends in the north. I trusted we should find some of them. (31.1)

The "friends" are abolitionists, who often wanted to hear about fugitives' experiences in slavery. In a way, Linda's whole narrative is an attempt to make friends with as many white woman as possible.

Quote #5

If he was desirous of being my friend, I thought he ought to know how far I was worthy of it. (31.4)

In Linda's model of friendship, friends are honest to one another about their faults—which is maybe one reason she is so honest in her book?

Quote #6

“Place your trust in God, and be governed by good principles, and you will not fail to find friends.” (31.5)

Be good, and you'll have friends. Gee, that sounds a little conditional.

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