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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 23

By Harriet Jacobs

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Chapter 23

In Prison

  • Months pass. Linda freezes in the winter and soaks during the spring.
  • During the second winter, a long illness almost kills her. Her brother William manages to get medicine from a doctor by pretending that her symptoms are his.
  • She also sees her son covered in blood from a dog bite. He's fine, but it's a long time before he can walk.
  • Mrs. Flint shows off her Christian charity by gloating and wishing that Benny had actually died.
  • Meanwhile, Aunt Martha is very sick, too. She recovers, but it's close.
  • This chapter is pretty grim.

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