Douglass stood in the woods wishing he could be a free man like everything he saw around him. All of a sudden, Douglass heard a noise behind him. At first he thought it was Mr. Covey, but when he turned around… he saw another slave. " Hello, I'm Sandy." the mysterious slave said. " Hi Sandy. I'm Douglass." Douglass replied. The two of them talked for a little bit and when it was time for Douglass to get going, Sandy handed him a gift. This gift was a magic root. “This is to prevent you from getting whipped by Covey or any other white man again” Sandy told Douglass. Knowing he was just trying to be nice, Douglass hesitantly said “ Sure... I... I will take it. Thank you so much for letting me have it” “ Great! Just stick it in your pocket and always keep it with you.” Sandy said with excitement. “That’s all?” Douglass asked. “And don't forget courage!” Sandy added.
When Douglass arrived back at the plantation, Covey was surprisingly nice to him. The next morning Covey gave everyone a job to do. "Douglass you are taking care of the horses” Covey announced in a strict tone. Douglass went off to do his job just like any other normal day, when suddenly, out of the blue, Covey attacked him. Douglass didn't know what to do, but his instincts told him to fight back, so he did. So many thoughts went through Douglass's head while he fought Covey on the hot and sweat-covered ground in front of the barn. Before he knew it a huge crowd started to form around them. “If you stop you'll get whipped less!” Covey yelled again and again. But Douglass did not stop until he beat Covey. Douglass had dominated the whole fight with barely any injuries. While on the other hand Covey was looking very tired and astonished.
Later on Douglass was thinking about what he had done. He was so proud of himself for having the strength to do such a thing. This was a huge moment for Douglass because he had just overcame his slave breaker. Since his loss against Douglass, Covey never laid a finger on him again. The best part about the win was that Douglass felt like he was a new person who had just recovered from the worst life ever. Sandy’s words “And don’t forget courage” always stuck in Douglass’s head from that day on. Douglass also vowed to never let any challenge stand in his way again.