As Frederick walked over to the house Mr. Freeland yelled, “Frederick, come here!” Nervously, he waddled his way over to them. Immediately the two officers grabbed hold of Frederick as he exclaimed “What have I done to deserve this?!” Frederick didn’t try to get loose as his heart began to beat faster and faster by the second. One of the officers replied to Frederick saying “We found out about your escape plans.” Frederick noticed that John had already been tied up which frightened him drastically.
Henry, another slave, began to yell at the policemen after a while of protesting he stole the officers’ weapons in an attempt at saving Frederick and John. Douglass stood there and though “What do I do now?” Not knowing what he should do he decided to quickly get rid of the protections to hide all of the evidence. Henry was in an exhausting battle, no progression whatsoever. It became a stalemate, there had been no clear winner of the pile. They were stuck in a dog pile. Stacked like bricks, stuck without being able to break free.
The fight shortly ended as the officers took the lead and tied up Henry. The officers proceeded to tie up John once again and Douglass. Soon after they were brought over to Captain Auld who wanted to put them in jail for what they planned. Because they got rid of the protections they couldn’t be arrested. Instead of that choice Auld began to considered some options as to what he should do with them. He eventually decided on sending them back to Baltimore with his brother Hugh so they could learn some new things for jobs. Despite the failure, Douglass was still determined to reach his goal of freedom.