Linda’s aunt and Grandmother’s daughter. Strong and perseverant like her sister, Aunt Nancy’s opinion is respected by the entire family. Yet, unlike her sister, she spends her entire life enslaved by the Flints, who don’t even give her a day off for her wedding and force her to work so hard that each time she becomes pregnant she miscarries the child. When Linda first moves to the Flints’ house, she sleeps next to Aunt Nancy, and the older woman is able to protect her somewhat from Dr. Flint’s advances. After Linda’s escape, she relays information from the Flint household to Grandmother. At her deathbed, the Flints patronizingly praise her as a loyal servant, while Linda privately observes that she’s a quiet but deeply subversive woman.
Aunt Nancy Character Timeline in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Nancy appears in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Six: The Jealous Mistress
Chapter Eighteen: Months of Peril
Chapter Nineteen: The Children Sold
Chapter Twenty-Three: Still in Prison
Chapter Twenty-Five: Competition in Cunning
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Aunt Nancy
Chapter Thirty-Four: The Old Enemy Again
...“reinstated in our affections” and greeted with “tears of joy.” Moreover, he apprises her of Aunt Nancy ’s death (not realizing that Linda was there when it happened), saying that she showed... (full context)