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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 36

By Harriet Jacobs

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Chapter 36

The Hairbreadth Escape

  • Ellen finds out that Mrs. Hobbs’s brother, Mr. Thorpe, has told Dr. Flint where Linda is living.
  • Linda finally tells Mrs. Bruce that she is a fugitive slave, and that Dr. Flint will be coming after her.
  • Mrs. Bruce contacts her lawyer, who arranges to take Linda, Ellen, and William to Boston.
  • Ellen is only allowed to go because Mrs. Hobbs feels a little guilty that her brother is such a meanie.
  • In Boston, Linda and Ellen reunite with Benny.
  • Linda stays in Boston all winter, teaching Ellen to read and write.
  • They have a few months of domestic happiness.

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