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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 23, Still in Prison Summary & Analysis

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Linda passes another summer and winter in her den. During the second winter she spends confined in the garret, she becomes very ill. She comes very near death, but her family manages to save her.

The anxiety over Linda's illness makes her grandmother very ill as well. Phillip, Nancy, William, and various ladies of the neighborhood come to tend to her, but Linda is powerless to help her in her state of hiding (not to mention her own illness). She worries that her grandmother may die on her account. Mrs. Flint is irritated when Aunt Marthy's daughter, Nancy, asks for permission to visit her, but, upon hearing that the other ladies in town are making an effort to help the sick woman, Mrs. Flint decides she must call on Aunt Marthy herself to keep up appearances.

During all of this, Benny is bitten by a dog and injured. Linda is distressed at her inability to help her child in his time of need, but Benny is soon happily recovered. Upon hearing the news about Benny's injury, Mrs. Flint remarks that she is glad of Benny's injury and that she hopes that his mother, wherever she is, hears of it.

Linda's frustration over her powerlessness to take care of herself or to support her family in times of injury and illness are a recurring theme throughout this chapter.

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