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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 11

By Harriet Jacobs

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Chapter 11

The New Tie To Life

  • Linda is living at Aunt Martha’s house, but she still belongs to Dr. Flint.
  • One day, Dr. Flint shows up and demands to know the race of the baby’s father.
  • When he learns that he is a white man, Dr. Flint demands that Linda cut off ties with the guy. Plus, her plan has failed, since Dr. Flint is never going to sell her.
  • Linda gets another visitor: Uncle Phillip, who's just back from a trip.
  • After Linda gets really sick, her baby is born early. They're both in bad shape, and Linda is stuck in bed for an entire year.
  • Luckily, they both pull through.
  • Somehow, Dr. Flint still has the hots for Linda, and he gets William to pass her notes.
  • This doesn't prevent him from throwing William in jail when he's late to work one day.
  • At one year old, Linda's baby gets really sick. Linda prays for him to survive, even though she's pretty sure death is better than slavery.

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