Frederick left Sandy’s cabin and arrived back at the plantation. When he entered the haunting gates, Covey was there, somehow knowing that he was coming back. Frederick was very confused when Mr. Covey just gave him a slight smile. The next morning, Covey told Douglass, “ Go to the stables and groom all of the horses.” Douglass walked right past Covey and into the stables, but when he was finishing up with the last horse, he noticed something in the doorway.
Douglass looked up into the doorway and saw Mr. Covey standing there with a big smirk on his face and a long rope in his right hand. He grabbed Douglass by his feet and was right about to whip him until Douglass decided that he wasn’t going to take it anymore, and he said, “ I won’t let you do this to me.” He kicked Covey to the ground and started to give it all back to him. Covey called, “ Hughes, get in here and get me up.” But when Hughes came in, Douglass kicked him to the ground. All of the slaves that were around were so shocked at what was happening because slaves never fight back or hurt their masters.
Frederick Douglass overcame his fear and won his fight against Edward Covey. He finally realized the meaning of the root and how it protected him during his fight. Now, he knows that he can’t be kept in slavery, and it is not his future. Covey is even afraid of him now, and he is more confident in himself. Even through all of Frederick Douglass’s problems and trials, he persevered and won.