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Twelve Years a SlaveNarrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853$
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Solomon Northup and David Wilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807869437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869444_northup

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[Page 54] Chapter IV.

[Page 54] Chapter IV.

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(p.47) [Page 54] Chapter IV.
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Twelve Years a Slave
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Solomon Northup

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869444_northup.7

This chapter discusses Eliza's incarceration in the pen, during which she complained bitterly of Jacob Brook, her young mistress's husband. She declared that had she been aware of the deception he intended to practice upon her, he never would have brought her there alive. They had chosen the opportunity of getting her away when Master Berry was absent from the plantation. Brook had always been kind to Eliza. She wished that she could see him, but she knew that even he was unable now to rescue her. Then would she commence weeping again—kissing the sleeping children—talking first to one, then to the other, as they lay in their unconscious slumbers, with their heads upon her lap.

Keywords:   Eliza's incarceration, Jacob Brook, young mistress, Master Berry, unconscious slumbers

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