Right after Douglass made that decision he clutched Covey’s throat and stood up. They both held onto each other staring each other in the eyes. Covey was shocked at Douglass’s actions and started to worry that he would be the one with the bad ending result. Covey then shouted, “Hughes get over here and help me!” Hughes came to the loft and saw that Douglass needed to be stopped. Hughes grabbed the rope and tried to tie up Douglass but Douglass kicked him in the ribs. "Crunch!" Hughes gripping his side, backed up and scowled at Douglass. He then said to Covey, “ Sorry sir, I tried,” and left the loft still grimacing in pain.
Because Hughes didn’t help, Covey felt even more defeated but the fighting continued. Covey got an idea and headed towards the doors of the loft. He reached for a stick on the ground, but before he could, Douglass grasped Covey’s neck and brought him to the ground. Then, out of nowhere, Bill came. Covey was laying there pleading for help, and Bill answered, “I was hired to work, not to whip,” and walked out of the loft. Covey was exhausted and couldn’t fight much longer, and at last Covey gave up and ended the fight.
After the fight, Douglass realized that the fight against Covey was the turning point in his life. He once again got his determination to become free and felt as if the fight was a victory. And for the next six months Covey didn't touch or whip Douglass, he even said that he wouldn't have whipped Douglass half as much if he had not fought back. He felt he was resurrected from slavery into freedom and felt more brave. From that time on he never felt like a slave even though he was. Four years later he escaped to freedom and lived on to be part of the abolitionist movement. He also delivered many speeches in help to end slavery.