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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 41, Free at Last Summary & Analysis

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In New York, Linda is still very fearful of capture. She regularly hears from her grandmother who, although illiterate herself, writes to her often through the aid of friends.

One of these letters brings news to Linda that Dr. Flint has died. Aunt Marthy wishes for Dr. Flint that he made his peace with God before he passed away, and appears to have forgiven the man for the wrongs he has inflicted upon her and her family—but Linda is less charitable. Dr. Flint dies in a poor position financially and leaves nothing to his daughter Emily and her husband Mr. Dodge, which makes Linda very nervous that the Dodge's will be particularly motivated to claim her as their property.

When Linda finds that Mr. and Mrs. Dodge are in residence at a hotel in New York, she is terrified, and once again goes into hiding with Mrs. Bruce's assistance. While she is gone, Mrs. Bruce purchases Linda's freedom from the Dodges for $300. She makes it clear that she is not buying Linda as a servant, and that Linda is free and therefore under no obligation. Linda is free.

Shortly afterward, Linda receives word of her grandmother's death. Later, Uncle Phillip passes away as well and an obituary for him runs in the local newspaper. It was, to Linda's knowledge, the first time this honor had been bestowed upon a black man.

Linda finally can rejoice in her own freedom and that of her children, although she still aspires to establishing a home of her own in which her family can live together.

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