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.