Before the slaves can be sold, however, they have to figure out how much each one is worth. So the slaves are marched out and lined up to be evaluated alongside all the cows, pigs, and horses.
His grandmother, however, is not so lucky. After working like a dog her whole life, she now has to watch her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren being sold away from her, never to be seen again. She never even gets a chance to say goodbye.
The slaves are frightened to death of being bought by a harsh master. Douglass is particularly worried, since his time in Baltimore had showed him what it's like to be treated kindly. He is lucky and gets sent back to the family he'd been living with in Baltimore. Phew!