First Mrs. Auld asked Frederick, “Frederick, do you know how to read?” Since he answered no to her question, Mrs. Auld started teaching him. She said, “Let’s start with the A, B, C.” He felt such a joy learning, which is something he never had a chance to in his previous plantation. He believed that things would be better here.
Mr. Auld was completely opposite of Mrs. Auld. He discovered that Mrs. Auld was teaching Frederick how to read. He got very upset. Then, Mr. Auld said, “He shouldn’t be learning to read. If he starts learning he is going to be upset about his work.” Mrs. Auld realized that she owned Frederick, and that she should be having him work.
After Mr. Auld found out about teaching, he did not allow Mrs. Auld to teach how to read to Frederick any more. From the next morning Mrs. Auld stopped looking into Frederick’s eyes when she ordered him. She said, “Boy, run out and get the firewood. Don’t be lazy.” Obviously, she has completely changed. Frederick felt that he lost his reading teacher, but he was going to somehow find a way to continue learning to read. He strongly felt that reading ability would somehow take him somewhere and be free from slavery.