Fredrick Douglass , a slave, a reader, a writer, and a future abolitionist, is not doing well with the horrid disgust he has towards slavery. Every slave there is working as hard as a hive of bees from day to night. Douglass though has a spark of hope in himself that one day he will escape this torture and be on his way to freedom.
Covey, a slave owner and breaker, knows of Douglass and what he knows. He knows that Douglass can read and write, making him a slave who could be potentially dangerous, and one who could escape at any time. He need to "break" him before he becomes knowledgeable enough to escape. He needs to "break" his hope.
One day, Douglass was working harder than ever. He grew tired like any man and was demanded to get back up and work by Covey. "Get up, you useless negro!" Covey ordered, "Get up!" Douglass begged for mercy for his limbs could not move because of his tiredness. Covey would not give one drop of pity to the poor slave and Douglass was punished with a whipping.
After this event, Douglass could not take the pain anymore. He was broken. Douglass decided to do the thing that most slaves would not dare to do. Douglass still knew in his heart that the only way he can deal with this is to escape. It was his best option at the time. At midnight he went off into the woods. He had successfully escaped without nobody spotting him.
Douglass later came to the thought on how he would get food and shelter. He knew he would be provided with these things if he stayed and worked, but he did not wish to go back to that tortuous field.
Douglass then met Sandy. Sandy is also an African American. Sandy helped treat Douglass's wounds. Douglass explained to Sandy, "Covey is terrible, yet at his plantation, my needs were provided. I don't know if I should go back or keep running." Sandy responded, "Well, I personally feel like you should go back. You are strong and sensible. You can handle these foul things."