1 Our fate for life was now to be decided.
2 I was now, for the first time in my life, a field hand.
3 He was a cruel man, hardened by a long life of slaveholding.
4 I have now reached a period of my life when I can give dates.
5 My city life, he said, had had a very pernicious effect upon me.
6 His life was devoted to planning and perpetrating the grossest deceptions.
7 He said to the other that it was a pity so fine a little fellow as myself should be a slave for life.
8 I look upon my departure from Colonel Lloyd's plantation as one of the most interesting events of my life.
9 I was now about twelve years old, and the thought of being a slave for life began to bear heavily upon my heart.
10 I was sometimes prompted to take my life, and that of Covey, but was prevented by a combination of hope and fear.
11 I never saw my mother, to know her as such, more than four or five times in my life; and each of these times was very short in duration, and at night.
12 I have ever regarded it as the first plain manifestation of that kind providence which has ever since attended me, and marked my life with so many favors.
13 If at any one time of my life more than another, I was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery, that time was during the first six months of my stay with Mr. Covey.
14 She had rocked him in infancy, attended him in childhood, served him through life, and at his death wiped from his icy brow the cold death-sweat, and closed his eyes forever.
15 Mrs. Hicks, finding the girl slow to move, jumped from her bed, seized an oak stick of wood by the fireplace, and with it broke the girl's nose and breastbone, and thus ended her life.
16 The facts in the case are these: Mr. Covey was a poor man; he was just commencing in life; he was only able to buy one slave; and, shocking as is the fact, he bought her, as he said, for a breeder.
17 He argued that if one slave refused to be corrected, and escaped with his life, the other slaves would soon copy the example; the result of which would be, the freedom of the slaves, and the enslavement of the whites.
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