# 2 - Harriet Jacobs 'Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl' (revised C)

In'Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl'Harriet Jacobs takes us through the twists and turns of the degradation and humiliation she endured as a slave. In today's society, the manner in which we treat our house pets is far kinder and more humane than slaves were often treated by their masters and mistresses. The striking thing about Harriet Jacobs was her consistent compassion and sympathy for Dr. Flint's wife's pain and suffering in relation to her marriage:

He [Dr. Flint] had never punished me himself, and he would not allow anybody else to punish me. In that respect, she[his wife] was never satisfied; but, in her angry moods, no terms were too vile for her to bestow upon me. Yet I, whom she detested so bitterly, had far more pity for her than he had, whose duty it was to make her life happy. I never wronged her or wished to wrong her; and one word of kindness from her would have brought me to her feet (2017).
Her mistress forced Jacobs to tell the truth about any relations or action that transpired between her and her master upon hearing Jacobs' accounts, she broke down to tears. Jacobs, who had a warm sympathetic heart, felt grief along with her mistress:

As I went on with my account her color changed frequently, she wept and sometimes groaned. She spoke in tones so sad that I was touched by her grief.
Jacobs had a pure heart that shone throughout her autobiography. She forces her readers to love and sympathize with her character as well as other women like Dr. Flint's wife.


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