Mr. Sands’s cousin. He sends Ellen to her in order to get her out of the South. Although Mr. Sands assures Linda that he has legally freed Ellen, Mrs. Hobbs claims that he has “given” the girl to her; Linda is afraid to challenge her, as she knows about her status as a fugitive. Mrs. Hobbs doesn’t send Ellen to school, and she provides her with inadequate food and clothing. Her unscrupulous behavior is evidence that exploitation of black people isn’t limited to states in which slavery is legal, but exists across the nation and will go largely unpunished until slavery is abolished.
Mrs. Hobbs Character Timeline in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Hobbs appears in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twenty-Seven: New Destination for the Children
Chapter Thirty-Two: The Meeting of Mother and Daughter
Chapter Thirty-Three: A Home Found
Chapter Thirty-Six: The Hairbreadth Escape
...of Linda’s location. When Ellen and the Hobbs children put the pieces together and showed Mrs. Hobbs , she confronted her brother, but he’s already mailed a copy, and soon leaves New... (full context)
...stays with a friend from Mrs. Bruce until William arrives to take her to Boston. Mrs. Hobbs , who feels guilty about her brother’s actions, lets Ellen return to her mother—albeit without... (full context)
...happier and safer than ever before—even better, she’s finally reunited with both her children. Telling Mrs. Hobbs that Ellen must stay with her and go to school, she sets up house with... (full context)