Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Comprehension and Analysis

jocobs writes, "many of them are sincere, and nearer to the gate of heaven than sanctimonious mr. pike, and other long-faced christians, who see wounded samaritans, and pass by on the other side." in your own words, explain how this relates to the passage.

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Following Nat Turner's rebellion, the slaveholders thought that exposing their slaves to religion would make them less likely to want to kill their masters. The Rev. Mr. Pike held an Episcopal service at a free colored man's house. Harriet was allowed to go because she could read. The topic of the reverend's sermons were largely about slaves respecting and obeying their masters.

The slaves seemed to be nearer to heaven than their masters, who were sanctimonious and hypocritical. The slaves sang in church, which might have made some people think they were happy, but this of course was not the case.