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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Setting & Symbolism

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Linda's Childhood Homeappears in non-fiction

Linda spends the first six years of her life living happily in a house with her parents and younger brother.

First Mistress's Homeappears in non-fiction

After the death of her mother, Linda and her brother live in the house of her mistress. This first mistress treats her well, and Linda is happy in this home.

The Flint Houseappears in non-fiction

The home of Dr. and Mrs. Flint in town. Linda goes to live here after her first mistress dies and bequeaths her to her five-year-old niece (who is the Flints' daughter). Linda is miserable in the Flint household, where she is the object of Dr Flint's lechery and Mrs. Flint's anger.

Aunt Marthy's Houseappears in non-fiction

The home of Linda's free grandmother. A constant source of comfort and solace for Linda throughout her troubles.

The Flint Plantationappears in non-fiction

Linda is sent to live on the Flint's plantation, several miles away from town, shortly before her escape.

The Home of Betty's Mistressappears in non-fiction

The home of a kind local slaveholder who hides Linda for a short time after her escape.

Linda's Denappears in non-fiction

A small, cramped, barely habitable space in a gable above a shed where Linda hides for nearly seven years.

Shipappears in non-fiction

The vessel that carries Linda and her friend, Fanny, from North Carolina to Philadelphia.

Philadelphiaappears in non-fiction

The point at which Linda first arrives on northern soil, and her first exposure to a large city.

Brooklynappears in non-fiction

Ellen is sent to Brooklyn to live with Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs. Later, her mother goes there to meet her.

The Bruce Homeappears in non-fiction

Home in Manhattan where Linda works as a nursemaid.

Bostonappears in non-fiction

Linda resides in Boston at several points in the story, and leaves her children there to be educated during her trip to England. Boston is presented as a city that is especially friendly to the abolitionist cause and, previous to the passing of the Fugitive Slave Law, a relatively safe place for a fugitive slave to avoid being forcibly returned to the South.

Englandappears in non-fiction

Linda travels to England with her employer. There she is free from the effects of racial prejudice. While the poverty she witnesses in England saddens her, she believes that the poor Englishman is far better off than an American slave.

Rochesterappears in non-fiction

Linda moves to Rochester to start an anti-slavery reading room with her brother, but this endeavor is unsuccessful.

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