Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


Did the mistress's initial kindness or her eventual cruelty have a greater effect on Frederick Douglass

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I think that Douglass was more hurt by mistress's change of heart rather than her initial kindness. Douglass was used to and expected bad treatment at the hands of white slave owners. Her initial kindness gave him hope in both learning as well as the existence of compassion. Check this out: