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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 27, New Destination for the Children Summary & Analysis

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Mr. Sands, now newly married, informs his new wife of his relationship to Benny and Ellen. His wife finds the children appealing and wishes to raise Benny in her own home. Her sister wants to adopt Ellen and raise her.

Linda is distrustful of this arrangement, and is afraid that the children may be reared for a life of slavery in the homes of Mr. Sands and his sister-in-law. She is even more afraid that Mr. Sands or his new in-laws may sell her children if they run into financial problems, but she feels powerless to do anything about it, since they are Mr. Sands' slaves and she is in hiding and believed to be either dead or in the northern states. Linda sends her grandmother to try to dissuade Mr. Sands from these plans. Mr. Sands responds that he does not regard the children as his slaves, and will not treat them as such. However, since Dr. Flint is still trying to claim ownership of the children, saying that they are his daughter's property, and that the bill of sale is not legal since it was drawn up before she came of age, Mr. Sands believes it might be safer for the children to be sent to the North.

Arrangements are made for Ellen to move to Brooklyn to stay with some of Mr. Sands' relatives. Linda wishes to meet with her daughter before she leaves. Linda does not remember her mother, who has been in hiding since she was very small, but is happy to see her. After their brief interview, Ellen leaves for New York, and dutifully keeps the secret of her mother's whereabouts.

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