A slave owner who expresses sexual interest in Linda and whom she eventually accepts as her lover, in order to distance herself from Dr. Flint. Linda’s relationship with Mr. Sands causes her deep shame, as it forces her to break the religious principles to which she’s been loyal all her life. Mr. Sands is much more humane than Dr. Flint; she describes him as much kinder and less threatening, and he helps protect her from her master’s wrath. At the same time, he takes notably little interest in the well-being of his children or paramour. While Linda sees Ellen and Benny as the center of her existence, he only visits them when he wants a diversion. He does buy the children from Dr. Flint after Linda runs away, but he’s hesitant to free them after doing so and sends Ellen to live with his cousin Mrs. Hobbs, who is neglectful and claims that she owns the girl. Later, Ellen tells Linda that during a period of time when she lived with Mr. Sands, he never played with her or hugged her as he did his white children. Even though Linda’s relationship to Mr. Sands is positive compared to her interactions with other slave owners in the city, it’s seriously compromised by the huge imbalance of power that slavery causes. Moreover, Mr. Sands’s apathy as a father contrasts sharply with Linda’s dedication as a mother, and argues the necessity for black women to be able to legally protect their own children.
Mr. Sands Quotes in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Sands or refer to Mr. Sands. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl published in 2001.).
Chapter 39 Quotes
I thought that if he was my own father, he ought to love me. I was a little girl then, and didn’t know any better. But now I never think any thing about my father. All my love is for you.
Mr. Sands Character Timeline in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Sands appears in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Ten: A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life
As it happens, after hearing about Dr. Flint’s conduct, another slave owner, Mr. Sands , become interested in Linda, writing sympathetic letters to her. His behavior is flattering and... (full context)
...she can exact revenge and gain some protection by becoming involved with another man. Perhaps Mr. Sands will even buy her; if she has any children, Linda is determined that Dr. Flint... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: The New Tie to Life
Chapter Fourteen: Another Link to Life
...house. Dr. Flint frequently visits and scolds her for “lowering herself” by her involvement with Mr. Sands . She doesn’t care about his opinion, but she deeply regrets that she no longer... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen: Continued Persecutions
Chapter Sixteen: Scenes at the Plantation
Chapter Nineteen: The Children Sold
Chapter Twenty: New Perils
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Candidate for Congress
Chapter Twenty-Six: Important Era in My Brother’s Life
...while she is trapped, although she berates herself for being selfish. Moreover, she’s worried that Mr. Sands will be annoyed at the money he’s lost with William’s escape and take revenge by... (full context)
...abolitionists to tell him about freedom, and he decided to run away independently, knowing that Mr. Sands might decide not to free him at any time in the future. He conscientiously refrained... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven: New Destination for the Children
...out that Ellen has been sent away, they are very disgruntled. Mrs. Flint says that Mr. Sands has shown bad character by acknowledging his enslaved children, and says that taking Ellen away... (full context)
...Grandmother sends letters to Washington and Brooklyn, but no one responds. Linda feels betrayed by Mr. Sands , who had once spoken to her “protectingly and persuasively” but has now “broken and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two: The Meeting of Mother and Daughter
Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Confession