Equiano witnesses the flogging of a white man and it frightens him because of it. Equiano then figures out that these men are so cruel and ruthless that they would flog a man of their own kind. He felt that he was to be treated in the same manner or possibly worse.
Two of the slaves could not take the unbearable conditions they were living in, so they "somehow made through the netting and jumped into the sea" (7). Another slave made this attempt, but the slave owners caught him and severely flogged him.
Equiano witnesses the use of a quadrant and is astonished. He is fascinated by what the quadrant does and how its used. One of the slave owners notices his astonishment and makes Equiano look through it. Equiano is then filled with wonder about the quadrant.
Equiano and the rest of the slaves were let off the ship and the slave owners took them to the merchant's yard where they "were all pent up together like so many sheep in a fold, without regard to sex or age" (9). Equiano was amazed at what he was looking at and how everything was organized.