inflict something unpleasant
He would not allow the older boys to
impose upon me, and would divide his cakes with me.
The children were then called, like so many pigs, and like so many pigs they would come and
devour the mush; some with oyster-shells, others with pieces of shingle, some with naked hands, and none with spoons.
derive or receive pleasure from
I looked for home elsewhere, and was confident of finding none which I should
relish less than the one which I was leaving.
the comfort you feel when soothed in times of disappointment
If, however, I found in my new home hardship, hunger, whipping, and nakedness, I had the
consolation that I should not have escaped any one of them by staying.
the condition of having good fortune
Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent
an indication of the existence of some person or thing
I have ever regarded it as the first plain
manifestation of that kind providence which has ever since attended me, and marked my life with so many favors.
hate coupled with disgust
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own
cut or tear irregularly
He is a desperate slaveholder, who will shock the humanity of his non-slaveholding neighbors with the cries of his
state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
Few are willing to incur the
odium attaching to the reputation of being a cruel master; and above all things, they would not be known as not giving a slave enough to eat.
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
Henrietta was about twenty-two years of age, Mary was about fourteen; and of all the mangled and
emaciated creatures I ever looked upon, these two were the most so.
moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
She at first lacked the
depravity indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness.
personal as opposed to real property
In entering upon the duties of a slaveholder, she did not seem to perceive that I sustained to her the relation of a mere
chattel, and that for her to treat me as a human being was not only wrong, but dangerously so.
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
When I went there she was a
pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman.
a poor and often mischievous city child
This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little
urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge.
a person who delivers a speech
Just about this time, I got hold of a book entitled "The Columbian
freeing someone from the control of another
The slave was made to say some very smart as well as impressive things in reply to his master--things which had the desired though unexpected effect; for the conversation resulted in the voluntary
emancipation of the slave on the part of the master.
the act of defending against criticism or censure
What I got from Sheridan was a bold denunciation of slavery, and a powerful
vindication of human rights.
to move in a twisting or contorted motion
writhed under it, I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing.
doing away with a system or practice or institution
From this time I understood the words
ABOLITION and ABOLITIONIST, and always drew near when that word was spoken, expecting to hear something of importance to myself and fellow-slaves.
fearful expectation or anticipation
I left Baltimore with a young heart overborne with sadness, and a soul full of
slightly indecent, offensive, or improper
There were horses and men, cattle and women, pigs and children, all holding the same rank in the scale of being, and were all subjected to the same narrow examination. Silvery-headed age and sprightly youth, maids and matrons, had to undergo the same
break apart or in two, using violence
A single word from the white men was enough--against all our wishes, prayers, and entreaties--to
sunder forever the dearest friends, dearest kindred, and strongest ties known to human beings.
He was known to us all as being a most cruel wretch,--a common drunkard, who had, by his reckless mismanagement and
profligate dissipation, already wasted a large portion of his father's property.
hate coupled with disgust
If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my conviction of the infernal character of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable
loathing of slaveholders, it was their base ingratitude to my poor old grandmother.
the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
And, to cap the climax of their base ingratitude and fiendish
barbarity, my grandmother, who was now very old,... her present owners finding she was of but little value, her frame already racked with the pains of old age... they took her to the woods, built her a little hut, put up a little mud-chimney, and then made her welcome to the privilege of supporting herself there in perfect loneliness; thus virtually turning her out to die!