Mrs. Hobbs’s brother, a native of the North Carolinian city in which Linda grows up. Mr. Thorne is a careless alcoholic who is constantly in debt, and while visiting the Hobbs family he sexually harasses Ellen, showing that sexual abuse of female slaves is widespread and accepted among white men. After seeing Linda in the Hobbs house, Mr. Thorne apprises Dr. Flint of her whereabouts, forcing her to go into hiding.
Mr. Thorne Quotes in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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Chapter 36 Quotes
I did not discover till years afterward that Mr. Thorne’s intemperance was not the only annoyance she suffered from…he had poured vile language into the ears of [Grandmother’s] innocent great-grandchild.
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Chapter Thirty-Six: The Hairbreadth Escape
...situation, but Linda can tell she’s unhappy. Questioning her one day, she finds that since Mr. Thorne has arrived, Ellen has been forced to buy and serve liquor every day. Years later,... (full context)