The Life of Olaudah Equiano

How did Equiano change after arriving in England?

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Equiano stayed in England for between three and four years, and grew accustomed to his situation. He felt little terror from his daily challenges. He spoke English very well and desired to adjust his manners, spirit, and movement to those of the Europeans. He wanted to learn how to read and write; this pursuit was supported by the Miss Guerin sisters, with whom he was sent to stay for some time.

He told the women he wanted to be baptized, and although his master was not entirely pleased with this request, it was nevertheless granted in February 1759 at St. Margaret's Church in Westminster. By this time, he was able to see much of London, and particularly enjoyed playing with the boys down at the watermen's wherries.