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The Lloyd family had been in Maryland for over two hundred years, and many of its members were politicians and prominent people in Maryland society.
After laying on I dare not say how many stripes, old master untied his suffering victim. Douglass attributed this fortuitous event to divine intervention; he knew God meant for him to one day escape the bonds of servitude.
They were often appalled when they considered the difficult road before them: starvation, drowning, scorpions, wild beasts, snakes, being captured and shot dead on the spot, etc. He explained why slaves often praised their masters: they were afraid that the whites to whom they were speaking would report their insolence and they would be punished.
For the duration of his stay on the farm Covey did not touch him, and Douglass believed it was his desire to keep his reputation that prevented him from turning Douglass in. The ground of this opinion was the contiguity of the free States, and the influence of their moral, religious, and humane sentiments.
Plummer, was like most of his class, little less than a human brute; and in addition to his general profligacy and repulsive coarseness, he was a miserable drunkard, a man not fit to have the management of a drove of mules.
To Captain Anthony, therefore, was committed the head-ship of all the farms. There was the little red house up the road, occupied by Mr. As Douglass associates himself with Christian faith, he heightens the sense of conflict between himself and Covey by showing Covey to be an enemy of Christianity itself.