When Frederick was eating berries in the quiet forest, he heard footsteps nearby. He got up to leave, but then realized that it was a black man. His name was Sandy. Frederick talked and talked on with him for hours. Then Sandy said, “Here. Let me give you this”. He pulled out an root out of his pack, got on his knees, and said some magical words from Africa. He said, “This root has been blessed. It will protect you from Covey, you are safe now.” Then feeling confident, Frederick went back to the plantation with the root. When he got there, Covey told him kindly, “Can you please go watch the farm while I am at church?”
When Covey got back from church, however, he tried to hit Frederick as soon as he saw him. Frederick, with his heart racing, blocked it. Covey said, “Get on your hands and knees, slave!”. Frederick stared at him and said, I am nobody's slave!” then punched Covey across the face. They were punching and kicking and throwing on the dusty floor. Douglass was so angry and determined that Covey could not stop him. He was losing every battle, punch after punch. Eventally Frederick had enough, and walked away.
The last 6 months that Frederick was at Covey terrible plantation, he lived a life of relative luxury. He could go anywhere on the farm during the day, and Coveys fear of Frederick forced him to let all slaves in early. Douglass had won his first victory, and vowed to make all slaves free one day, at any cost.