Frederick Douglass was a slave born in the early 1800s on a plantation in Maryland. He knew very little about himself or his family. He never saw his father and the only time he saw his mother was if she escaped at night to see him. He has been sent from plantation to plantation around the south and has met many slaveholders, but when he meets Mr. Covey in 1833, he knows his life on the plantation will be rough. With a combination of the blazing sun and Covey’s aggressive beating, he knows that he will be very miserable on the plantation.
On one of the hottest days of the month, Frederick was fanning wheat in the fields with other slaves. He falls after becoming too dizzy due to the heat, it felt like a flame was burning on the back of his neck. He then crawls over to the other side of the fence to take a rest. Covey sees that Frederick is missing and walks over quickly. He asks to the other slaves, “Where is Frederick?” They tell him where he is hidden and he walks over to Frederick. He yells “Get up Frederick!”, then kicks him savagely in the side. Frederick cries out like a banshee, “Aghhhhh” and tries to get up. Unfortunately he can't because he lost all of his energy working. Frederick keeps getting kicked over and over again until Covey walks away and leaves Frederick to his fate on the ground. Frederick learns that day not to test Covey’s patience.
One morning Frederick arrives late to the fields. He sees Covey with his cow skin whip and starts running back to the cornfield. Covey screams“Come back here!” and starts chasing him. Frederick took cover in the cornfield and hears Covey rustling through the corn trying to find him. Covey gives up searching for Douglass because he knows that he will have to come back for food. Frederick flees into the woods in fear of being whipped by Covey. He would rather starve to death in the woods than get whipped by Covey.