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Washington Black - Part 1, Chapter 8 – Part 1, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

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Titch tells Washington that they will need manual laborers to help them haul necessary materials to the launch site on the mountain. Titch goes to Erasmus to ask to borrow some of the plantation slaves for the task. Erasmus does not wish to lend Ttich any of the slaves, but Titch is persistent, and so Erasmus agrees to letting him use nine slaves for one or two weeks. Erasmus asks Titch if Titch’s conscience can bear the use of slave labor, but Titch dodges the question. Erasmus says that their cousin Philip has arrived on the plantation for a visit. Later, Titch tells Wash that Philip is kind but melancholy. Titch then says that Titch and Erasmus’ father is interested in science and engineering but is not interested in emotions. Philip arrives on the plantation, and Wash views him as...

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