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…the maimings began…[a slave] tried to run away, and to make an example of him, the master had an overseer burn him alive as we watched.
-- Wash (Narration) (Part 1, Chapter 2)

Importance: This quotation is part of an extended passage in which Wash recounts the various atrocities committed against the slaves by Erasmus and his overseers. This passage helps to illustrate and reinforce the profound evil and destructiveness of the institution of slavery.

I would not have this conversation now, in front of the help.”“They are not the help, Titch. They are the furniture.
-- Titch, Erasmus (Part 1, Chapter 4)

Importance: In this exchange between Titch and Erasmus, Titch refers to the slaves as people, while Erasmus refers to them as objects. This moment emphasizes the idea that dehumanization is an integral aspect of oppression that enables the oppressors to harm the oppressed in horrible and various ways.

What I knew was that a day would come when she would no...
-- Wash (Narration) (Part 1, Chapter 6)

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