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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


by Frederick Douglass

Edward Covey Timeline and Summary

  • Douglass is rented out to work on Mr. Covey's farm
  • Covey whips Douglass for overturning an ox-cart. He continues to beat him for about six months.
  • When Covey tries to whip Douglass for fainting, Douglass runs away to his original master's house.
  • When Douglass's master sends him back to Covey, Covey bides his time until he can catch Douglass off guard. He then tries to tie him up.
  • Douglass refuses to be tied and the two men fight for almost two hours.
  • Covey gives up, but talks to Douglass as if he won the fight.
  • From that point on, Covey never beats Douglass again. In fact, he keeps it a secret that Douglass stood up to him, since he would lose his reputation as a slave-breaker if anyone knew.