Connelly is the white overseer on Randall plantation. He is selfish and cruel, taking various enslaved women as his "mistresses." For a while, he has a preference for Nag and gives her special privileges; however, Connelly eventually rejects her and sends their children to live on the other half of the plantation so he doesn't have to see them. Connelly's brutality is also revealed when he beats Chester to death for not working fast enough and when he gouges out the eyes of a slave for merely looking at words.
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Chapter 2: Georgia
...When Michael arrived on Randall, he had been mentally incapacitated by some unknown torture, and Connelly beat him to death. James is angry, saying he should have been informed of Michael’s... (full context)