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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 10, A Perilous Passage in a Slave Girl's Life Summary & Analysis

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Dr. Flint, still determined to have his way with Linda, devises a plan to build a house several miles from town and to move Linda there. Here she will be removed from her grandmother's protection, from the watchful eye of Mrs. Flint, and from of the gossipy small town where Dr. Flint tries to maintain a respectable reputation.

Linda is desperate to prevent this from happening, and begins an affair with Mr. Sands, a prominent white man in the town who has flattered Linda with his attention. On the day in which Dr. Flint informs Linda that she will be moved to the new house he has prepared for her, she informs him that she is pregnant with another man's child. Dr. Flint is furious and threatens her, Mrs. Flint is angry (because she believes her husband to be the father), and (most troubling to Linda) her grandmother is deeply ashamed of her and (very briefly) turns her out of the house. Soon afterward, Aunt Marthy takes pity on Linda and offers her support.

Throughout her life, Linda will be deeply ashamed about her affair with Mr. Sands and the illegitimacy of the children who are born from that union, although she will love the children dearly. She anticipates that the reading public will judge her harshly for bearing children out of wedlock. On many occasions, she expresses shame concerning her actions and implores the reader to be understanding. One can conclude that she has reason to believe that the society of her time will look down on her. However, the average twenty-first century reader is likely to find these actions easily forgivable.

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