Frederick and the others began to head up to the lane gate, where they would soon see four white men. The four white men asked for Frederick Douglass. Frederick, hearing his name, responds to them, saying that he was Frederick. Without hesitation, the men tied his hands together, saying to him that they received news about how he was in a scrape with two other people, named John and Henry, and that he should be examined. The four men soon call for John and Henry, and proceeded to tie John’s hands. Henry, however, did not cooperate.
Henry was not cooperating, for he was no coward. The four white men were left with no choice but to tie his hands by force: beating him into submission. This made the men forget about why they were there, and that gave Frederick enough time to throw his pass, his fake permission slip, into the fire. A minute or so later, Henry was placed next to John and Frederick, and the three were leaded to somewhere. Henry, in a low tone of voice, begins to talk to Frederick. “Frederick,” he began to say, “what do I do with my pass?” "Eat it,” Frederick replies. Their conversation ends as soon as they are placed in separate stone prisons.
Frederick was left all alone in the stone prison, feeling let down that his plan was never put into action, but, at the same time, he felt even more determined to find ways to escape. Sure, the plan failed, but, there was still room for Frederick Douglass to try to escape from slavery. What could he have done to prevent his idea from spreading around the whole place? Was there an even sneakier way to escape? Douglass did not know the answers, but, he wasn't giving up yet. Frederick was ready to leave and go back to his slavemaster, but, he received the news about how he wasn’t coming back yet, but, rather going back to Baltimore, to learn a new skill named trade.