The Life of Olaudah Equiano

Chapter 3

Olaudah Equiano sees a kitchen slave. What surprises him? 

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I was very much affrighted at some things I saw, and the more so as I had seen a black woman slave as I came through the house, who was cooking the dinner, and the poor creature was cruelly loaded with various kinds of iron machines; she had one particularly on her head, which locked her mouth so fast that she could scarcely speak; and could not eat nor drink. I was much astonished and shocked at this contrivance, which I afterward learned was called the iron muzzle.


The Life of Olaudah Equiano/ Chapter Three