Mr. Auld, Fredrick Douglass's owner, hires Edward Covey, a man known for "breaking" unruly enslaved people. Mr. Douglass stays with him for a year.
After a terrible beating, Mr. Douglas runs away, only to return home, for fear of starving in the forest.
To his surprise, Mr. Covey is nonchalant. Mr. Douglas is not met with a beating, but with a hello, and a request to get to work.
The next day, as Mr. Douglass works, Edward attacks. He comes into the stable with a long rope, and tries to tie up Mr. Douglass, to whip him. However, Frederick "resolved to fight" (71) and grabbed Edward by the throat. He was done with being whipped.
They fight for about two hours, with Mr. Douglas winning. In the six following months together,Mr. Douglass never gets whipped by Edward again.
This inspired Mr. Douglas with a determination to be free. He saw the fight as a transformation, referring to it;"You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man." (66)