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Linda's second child by Mr. Sands is a girl. This devastates her because she is fearful that she will not be able to protect her child from the hardships of slavery that are specific to women. This daughter closely resembles her father and maternal grandmother, revealing the identity of her father to a furious Dr. Flint.

She has her children baptized in the church, but is deeply ashamed that they have no legitimate father's name to claim. While Mr. Sands is willing to allow them to claim his name, Linda does not think this is wise, as it is likely to incur the wrath of Dr. Flint. In the end, they decide that the children will carry the surname of Linda's father, which is Brent. She laments that, had her mother been alive, she would have been ashamed of Linda for bringing her children to be christened without a legitimate claim to their father's name. However, Linda is clearly not the first woman in her family who has been forced into this embarrassing situation—she points out that her own father did not have a legitimate claim to the name of Brent since he, much like Linda's son and daughter, was an illegitimate child of a slave woman and a white gentleman. She decides to call the boy Benjamin, after her escaped uncle, and the girl Ellen, after her late father's mistress.

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