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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 34, The Old Enemy Again Summary & Analysis

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Linda receives a letter, which claims to be written on behalf of Emily Flint, and is signed by her younger brother, who is merely a child. Linda recognizes the handwriting as that of Dr, Flint, however. Still believing that Linda has been in the North for many years, instead of hidden in the den for most of that time, the Flint's assure her that they would not (and have not) gone to any trouble or expense to retrieve her. Linda knows, however, that Dr. Flint has made several trips to New York, at great personal expense, in attempt to find her. The letter goes on to tell Linda that, if she returns to her life on the Flint plantation, it may be possible to make negotiations for her sale.

Shortly afterward, Linda receives word that Dr. Flint is making yet another trip to the North in search of her. She decides to take some time off work and travels to Boston to stay with her brother, and later writes her grandmother to have Benny sent to Boston to meet her. Linda is delighted to be reunited with her son. However, when Benny remarks, "I 'spose free boys can get along here at the North as well as white boys", his mother is upset, knowing that he has many disappointments ahead of him.

Linda leaves Benny in Boston with his uncle and returns to her employer in New York, but remains nervous about the possibility of being recognized and sent back to slavery.

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