The Aulds loved Frederick and treated him like a child of their own. Mrs.Auld especially liked Frederick, she read to him, fed him good food, let him play, and even tucked him in at night. Douglass got used to being treated like this very fast but still stayed humble. One day mrs.Auld asked Frederick “would you like me to teach you how to read?” Frederick shyly replied “yes ma’am that would be wonderful.” Frederick was estatick that he would learn to read.
Later that night when frederick went to bed he noticed that mr and mrs.auld were arguing about something. He listened a little bit closer and heard “you cannot treat the slave like our child, he will not like it if you treat him like a white boy!” . Frederick noticed this was mr.auld and he was talking about douglass! He noticed mrs.auld replied “fine” with a very sad tone. Later that night he couldn't sleep, the stuff mr.auld was saying was completely outrageous. Frederick noticed that mr.auld thought that all african americans are not humans, he knew he had to do something but he didn’t know what yet.
The next morning mrs.auld gave him breakfast but then she shouted “go and wash the clothes boy!" Frederick was confused, he didn’t know why mrs.auld was so mean. Later that day it clicked, this was the effect mr.auld had on mrs.auld. He finally notice how slavery corrupts people and how it changes them forever. When douglass grew up he learned to read and write. He also was one of the most popular abolitionists. Many believe that without douglass slavery would have lasted much longer.