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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 37, A Visit to England Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 37, A Visit to England Summary and Analysis

In Boston, Linda receives news of the death of Mrs. Bruce, which saddens her greatly. Mr. Bruce requests that Linda accompany their young daughter, Mary, on a trip to England to visit some of her late mother's relatives. Because of her attachment to little Mary Bruce, and because of the fact that she will be able to earn a considerable sum of money, Linda agrees to make the trip before having Benny apprenticed to a trade and leaving Ellen with a friend so that she can attend school.

After a comfortable sea passage, Linda and the Bruce's check into a hotel in Liverpool. While Linda finds the hotel and dining facilities less luxurious than those she has seen in America, she is happy to find the English facilities devoid of racial discrimination, and therefore much more pleasant for her.

From Liverpool, they travel to a small town called Steventon, where they remain for ten months. During her time at Steventon, Linda witnesses a level of poverty she has not seen in America. While she sympathizes with the poor people of Steventon, and sees their sufferings as problematic, she nonetheless believes that the situation of these impoverished individuals is better than that of an American slave, because the poor Europeans' family members could not be auctioned away from them, and because anyone who beats them, whips them, rapes them, or steals whatever little they possess is subject to punishment by the law.

While in Steventon, Linda meets a clergyman who practices true Christian principles. This inspires her and helps her overcome some of the negative prejudices she has had against the church, due to the hypocrisy she had found within the Episcopal Church in her hometown.

After spending nearly a year in England, where she was never discriminated against, Linda nearly forgets about the realities of racial prejudice until her return to the United States.

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