Middle Passage - Study Guide Entry 6: July 3, 1830 Summary & Analysis

Charles Johnson
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Rutherford witnesses the slaves coming up from their hold, stinking of their own vomit and feces. He knows that they have been forced to sit in contorted positions so that as many slaves as possible can be squeezed into every inch of space. As a result, when the slaves emerge from their hold, many find it difficult to move and are in terrible physical states. It is then that Rutherford decides the captain is entirely evil for making these human being endure such torture. Ngonyama and Meadows carry an Allmuseri corpse from down below and, following orders, Meadows slices off the boy's ears so that Falcon can save them and prove to his benefactors that he had indeed picked up the required number of Africans. Rutherford is told to help the men throw the corpse overboard, something he finds disturbing, since the sight and smell...

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