Our Own Country: A Novel - Part I: Chapters 10 – 13 Summary & Analysis

Jodi Daynard
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In Chapter 10, Eliza arrives at home and is hardly able to walk. She assures her mother she is “slightly indisposed” and calls for Cassie who immediately asks, “What dey do to you?” (87). Cassie gives her tea to ensure she is not pregnant, and asks for names, saying she will poison them. The next day, Cassie tells Eliza that she was 12 when she was taken from Africa to Mr. Boylston's plantation on Barbados. Two of Mr. Boylston's employees had raped her repeatedly, threatened her, and left her pregnant. The baby died. Cassie says she and her mother “made dem someteeng good to eat,” and the men ate it, vomited for two days, “and den dey die” (89).

In Chapter 11, Cassie urges Eliza to send for George and Tad so she can “give dem someteeng very good to eat,” but both are gone. Eliza learns...

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