After tossing and turning all night the night before the escape morning finally came. Henry, John and Frederick were working in the house today. They were just about to eat their breakfast when they heard three loud knocks. They looked over to the door and saw it shake with each knock. “Open up it's the police!” a man on the other side of door said. Henry, Frederick, and John looked at eachother frantically. Mr. Hamilton walked over to the door not before giving all the slaves in the room an angry look. “Are you mr. Hamilton” one of the police officers asked. “Yes” he responded. The police officers pushed past him as immediately tied Frederick and john up. They were going to tie Henry up but he was defiant. The police officers pointed their pistols at henry in warning. “You better cooperate with me boy or I’ll shoot you” one of the police officers yelled. Henry was still defiant. He swiftly took the pistols out of the police officers hands but after fighting for a while they got Henry tied up. You could see the look of defeat and hopelessness as they tied his hands together.
Once the police officers took them to the jail they threw Douglass in a cell. Douglass thought finally be released from the chains of slavery but instead he was put in more. Douglass felt so alone in that small, cold jail cell. He was officially out of hope. He couldn't possibly think of way this could get better. Being in jail ate up his hope and left him with what felt like nothing. Douglass did not know if he would ever be free.
After what felt like a lifetime in the jail cell Mr. Auld came to get Frederick out of jail. Frederick was happy to be out of the cell but still discouraged from his previous escape attempt. Douglass knew he couldn't just sit still and let slavery take over his entire life. He needed to do something. “I've decided i might be taking you to Alabama or Baltimore” Mr. Auld spoke. “Yes sir” Frederick responded calmly but in his mind he was terrified. Being sent to Alabama would ruin his attempts at escaping all together. Alabama was in the deep south and is one of the harshest slave states. The thought of being sent to Alabama almost brought tears to Douglass’s eyes. Douglass decided he needed to have hope. He wouldn't let anything stop him from freedom. Once Mr. Auld arrived at his house Douglass spent the night but he didn't sleep a wink. His mind wondered on where he would end up. The next morning Douglass awoke and did some normal chores and ate breakfast. “Come on boy” Mr. Auld spoke as he got the horses and carriage ready. “Im sending you to baltimore to learn a trade with my brother Hugh” Mr. Auld told Douglass half way into the ride. Douglass almost let out a sigh of relief but held it in in worries mr. auld would change his mind. This was a positive thing for Douglass. Learning a trade would help Douglass get a job once he was free. Douglass would try escaping again three years later and he succeeded. Douglass never lost hope even when it seemed like nothing would ever change.