Douglass and the boy from Baltimore

Douglass and the boy from Baltimore

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  • Mr. Hughes Douglass's master sent him to go and live with the Aulds in Baltimore and when Douglass arrived at the shipping port Douglass could not believe how many people there were and how noisy all of the machines were Baltimore was a lot noisier than Mr. Hughes plantation. There were so many people how was Douglass supposed to find the Aulds residence when he did not even know where to go or how far it was. Just when Douglass was going to start venturing through the sea of people and carriages. An elderly man said “ son are you lost” “ yes I am could you direct me to the Aulds residence” “ sure they are only the most known family in Baltimore just head east about two blocks its the big house on the right” “ thank you” “good luck”. 
  • Douglass went up 23rd rd walnut street and soon enough he reached a big house with a large garden and cobblestone walkway and to his surprise, the Aulds were waiting outside the house. Mrs. Auld was a kind looking women with a gown as blue as the sky and behind her, Mr. Auld was a tall stern looking man with a green coat and brown dress shoes. Mrs Auld looked at him with the kindest smile “ hello dear you must be Douglass you had a long journey would you like something to eat” “ yes that would be wonderful” “ well come in dear I just made some biscuits” Douglass followed her into the house and into the kitchen and he sat down on the nearest seat and Mrs. Auld brought over a nice plate of soft steaming buttery biscuits. “Enjoy” “thank you” “ after you are done eating I will show you where you will be sleeping then you can get a good night's rest and meet me in the morning for breakfast” “Ok thank you goodnight” “goodnight dear”.
  • The next morning douglass got dressed and went to the kitchen when he got there Mrs Auld had already fixed eggs and sausage. “Good morning douglass” “ good morning Mrs Auld is there anything that you need me to do” “ well not before you have breakfast of course and then we can start your studies” “ my studies” “ well do you know how to read” “ no but no one's ever offered to teach me” “ well hurry up and finish your food and we can start” after breakfast douglass and Mrs Auld started his studies first she taught him his ABCs and had him trace the letters with his fingers. Mr Auld walked in moments later “ what do you think you are doing” “ I am teaching Douglass how to read” “ are you crazy women it's illegal to teach a slave how to read or write you must stop at once” “ but he is progressing nicely and i might as well finish this lesson” “ no you will stop and it is no help because he will get thoughts and will be unfit to be a slave and give him ideas about escaping and abolition” “ ok I will stop” 
  • The next day Mrs. Auld had sent him to work without breakfast and watched him while he worked to make sure he did it she turned from this sweet women to as cold as a blizzard and about as tender and sweet as a lion. Later that afternoon Mrs. Auld sent him out on an errand across town.
  • Douglass was coming back from his errand when he saw a white boy playing in an alleyway between two houses “hi my names Douglass what is your name” “ my name is Eric” “ I have to play while my mom cleans the house before dinner” “ would you like my Biscuit” “ yes I am starving thank you” “ are you learning how to read in school” “ yes I am do you know how to read” “ no” “ would you like me to teach you” “ yes please” Eric taught Douglass how to read and every day he progressed and eventually he learned how to read and write and went back to Mr. Hughes plantation.
  • When Douglass returned to Mr. Hughes he was back to the noisy sounds of the field and the songs of the people in it. And as Douglass worked he thought about what Mr. Auld had said that slave should not learn to read or write because he would get his own ideas and would be unfit to be a slave. Douglass vowed that he would one day escape and would not let people catoragarized him as a slave. 
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