Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by

Harriet Jacobs

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Dr. Flint’s son, who operates and lives at the family’s plantation. Nicholas is much like his father, even making sexual advances on Linda; for this reason, Dr. Flint is jealous of him and tries to keep him away from the city. Linda presents this twisted dynamic between father and son as an example of the way slavery irrevocably perverts family dynamics.
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Nicholas Flint Character Timeline in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Chapter Four: The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man
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...she’s trying to decide what to do, William approaches her, upset because Dr. Flint’s son, Nicholas, bullies him constantly and threatens to whip him when William, who is stronger, beats him... (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Lover
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...Linda is worried, but she doesn’t think he’ll go through with it. In fact, only Nicholas Flint goes to Louisiana and Dr. Flint won’t send Linda with him because he’s jealous... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen: Continued Persecutions
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Moreover, Linda fears that she will experience abuse from Nicholas Flint, who runs the plantation; knowing his son’s character, Dr. Flint has always kept her... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: Scenes at the Plantation
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...slaves and work as a housekeeper, preparing the plantation house for the imminent arrival of Nicholas Flint’s new bride. Ellen is upset by the sudden changes in her life and often... (full context)
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...works hard, not wanting to seem “too much of a lady.” Every day she sees Nicholas beat other slave children, while their mothers stand by powerless. She feels it would be... (full context)
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After another week, Nicholas’s great aunt visits the plantation. This woman, Miss Fanny, is the one who bought Grandmother... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: The Flight
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That night, knowing she must escape, Linda finishes her chores so distractedly that Nicholas scolds her. She waits for the family to go to sleep and sneaks out a... (full context)
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In the morning, Nicholas Flint interrogates Grandmother about Linda’s whereabouts; Dr. Flint is enraged to hear about her escape... (full context)