– Douglass’s grandmother. She raised Douglass because his mother was sold away. She spent her entire life working for Captain Anthony and his family. Douglass is indignant when he hears that after Anthony’s death, Betsy isn’t emancipated, but is instead put out in a shed in the woods to live out her final days alone.
Betsy Bailey Quotes in The Narrative of Frederick Douglass
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Chapter 8 Quotes
“at this time, this most needful time, the time for the exercise of that tenderness and affection which children only can exercise towards a declining parent—my poor old grandmother, the devoted mother of twelve children, is left all alone, in yonder little hut, before a few dim embers. She stands—she sits—she staggers—she falls—she groans—she dies—and there are none of her children or grandchildren present, to wipe from her wrinkled brow the cold sweat of death, or to place beneath the sod her fallen remains. Will not a righteous God visit for these things?”
Related Characters: Frederick Douglass (speaker), Betsy Bailey
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Betsy Bailey Character Timeline in The Narrative of Frederick Douglass
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...passed along to strangers; none is set free. Douglass is disgusted by the way his grandmother is treated: after serving her master for his entire lifetime, she is simply passed into... (full context)