Frederick Douglass' Escape 2

Frederick Douglass' Escape 2

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  • The day of the escape has come and Frederick can barely hold himself together. Later on that on in the day, he got a feeling that something bad was going to happen. As Frederick was off to eat his breakfast, Mr.Freeland said “Frederick come here. There are two gentlemen waiting to talk to you.” As he entered the door, his hands were tied forcefully together by a rope. The rope was as rough as old straw and as firm as a stone against his wrists. One of the two constables who were waiting for the group. As they tied us up one by one, one of the constables told Mr.Freeland, “a little birdie told me that these slaves were trying to run away.” The others were shocked how they have been caught so quickly. That didn’t matter to Frederick because they all had no say in what was to happen next.
  • The two constables have successfully tied up all the slaves, except for Henry. The constables angrily stared at Henry and yelled “Cross your hands or pay”. Henry strongly replies, with a little fire in his eyes, "I won't be tied unless over my dead body." Out of anger, fear, and frustration, the constables pulled out their pistols and threatened to shoot Henry. He held his head high and said again that he wouldn’t be tied. While the dispute was happening, Frederick quickly burned the evidence in the furnace even though he was still tied. Eventually, Henry was tied without being shot at.
  • Frederick and his group were sent to the local jail. His cell smelled horrible but he couldn’t point out what it was. Dirt and mud seemed to cover the entire floor of the cell. Frederick feared he would be sent off to Alabama or even worse perhaps he would be killed. Frederick lost all hope in freedom and gave up on escape. After a week of time in jail, Frederick watched as Mr. Auld, his previous master, approached him slowly. He said, “ I have decided to send you to Baltimore to live with my brother again. There you will learn a trade.” Frederick was astonished, it was a miracle “Thank you sir”, said Frederick. Frederick will finally get his second chance of freedom. The end.
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