Wolf by the Ears - June 1820 Summary & Analysis

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June 1820 Summary

Harriet has been busy with her studies, working hard with Martha Randolph, Jefferson's daughter. Martha begins the lessons by telling Harriet she is no longer a child, although she still acts as though she were. Martha complains about the way her father treats Harriet and her family, setting the tone for the next few years. Martha then asks if Harriet will take her freedom, which Harriet immediately answers in the affirmative. Martha wants to know if Harriet will pass, and Harriet hesitates, still not sure herself. Martha obviously disapproves when Harriet says that, yes, she will pass.

Martha announces that living in the white world is not as easy as one might think and insists that Harriet tell her why she is passing. Harriet says it will be safer for her. After what Mr. Bankhead did, it is clear that Harriet is not...

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