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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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woman and her child. It is a sum not to be thought
of! She, with her child, is worth double that
money. Five hundred and fifty, six hundred, six
hundred and fifty, six hundred and sixty, six
hundred and seventy. My good gentlemen, why
do you not at once say seven hundred dollars for
this uncommonly superior woman and her child?
Seven hundred dollars—it is downright robbery!
She would never have been sold at that price if
her master had not been so unfortunate,” etc., etc.

The hammer fell heavily; the woman and her
child were sold for seven hundred dollars to one
of those dark, silent figures before her. Who he
was; whether he was good or bad; whether he
would lead her into tolerable or intolerable slavery—of
all this, the bought and sold woman and
mother knew as little as I did, neither to what part
of the world he would take her. And the father
of her child—where was he?

With eyes still riveted upon that sleeping child,
with dejected but yet submissive mien, the handsome
mulatto stepped down from the auction-platform
to take her stand beside the wall, but on the
opposite side of the room. Next, a very dark
young negro girl stepped upon the platform. She
wore a bright yellow handkerchief tied very daintily
around her head, so that the two ends stood
out like little wings, one on each side. Her figure

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