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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 25, Competition in Cunning Summary & Analysis

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Doctor Flint has now taken three trips to New York in search of Linda, so he clearly believes that she has escaped to the free states. Linda decides to reinforce this belief of his by sending him a letter postmarked from New York. She writes two letters, one to Dr. Flint and one to her grandmother, and gets her friend, Peter, to have the letters taken to New York and mailed from there.

The ruse is successful, and Dr. Flint is convinced that Linda has been living in Boston. He intercepts the letter Linda has sent to her grandmother, and replaces it with one he has written himself, in which Linda claims to be miserable in the North and wishes to return to the South. He hopes that this false letter will convince Linda's family to help him hunt Linda down in the North. Of course, Aunt Marthy, who was with Linda at the time she wrote the letter, is aware of the deception.

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