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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 41

By Harriet Jacobs

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Chapter 41

Free At Last

  • Finally, Dr. Flint has died. Free at last!
  • Not so fast.
  • His daughter and her husband (Mr. and Mrs. Dodge) arrive in New York. They're short on money and think this would be a perfect time to get some value out of Linda.
  • Not to mention her kids, whom they claim they still own.
  • After an extended game of hide-and-seek, Mrs. Bruce finally manages to buy Linda free.
  • Linda is happy, but not that happy. She'd really prefer not to be bought and sold at all.
  • Aunt Martha lives long enough to know that Linda has been freed, and then dies. Uncle Phillip follows soon after.
  • Linda is free, but she still wishes she had a home of her own for her children.

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