One day, Mr. Auld discovers his wife and Frederick enjoying each others company. “What are you doing?!” roared Mr. Auld as he raced into the room. “Husband-” Mrs. Auld began with a stunned look on her face. “Well, never mind. Whatever it is you must stop right now!” interrupted Mr. Auld. “Slaves aren’t meant to spend time with their masters. We are far superior when compared to them. You mustn’t be too soft on him, or else he might begin to want his freedom and rise up against us. An unhappy slave, let alone a learned slave, is dangerous.” After declaring this, Mr. Auld took Mrs. Auld roughly by the arm and pulled her out of the room.
After that, Mrs. Auld became a spiteful and malicious person who never spoke a kind word. She began to order Frederick about, never giving him a moment's rest. “Hurry up boy, don’t dawdle! Laziness will be punished, not rewarded. I’ve been too easy on you so far, but that is going to change!” Unlike her old angelic self, Mrs. Auld was now the equivalent of a shrieking harpy. This new treatment hurt Frederick mentally as well as physically, he missed the old Mrs. Auld.
However, like Mrs. Auld, Mr. Auld’s words changed Frederick just not in the same way. He began to question many things about his life and himself. "What gives Mr. Auld the right to be a slave owner, and me a slave?" wondered Frederick. He was already unhappy as a slave, but now he began to imagine how he could become free. Mr. Auld’s words stuck with him and because of them, he recognized the road to freedom. He also realized it would be dangerous but he was not going to give up!