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    CHAPTER VIII.
  --  ANOTHER CHANGE--NEW HOPES AND OLD FEARS--VICISSI-
  --  TUDES POSSIBLE IN SLAVE LIFE--FREEDOM ATTAINED.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER X.
  --  AFFLICTION--REMOVAL TO WORCESTER--RETURN SOUTH
  --  --MEETING OF OLD FRIENDS--THE NORTHERN LIFE
  --  --OLD MASTERS IN THE NORTH--HOUSE-
  --  HOLDER.

Veney, Bethany
The Narrative of Bethany Veney, slave woman

- CHAPTER IX. -- NEW EXPERIENCES--HOME IN THE NORTH.

CHAPTER IX.
NEW EXPERIENCES--HOME IN THE NORTH.


The feelings with which I entered my Northern home, 22 Chares-Field Street, Providence, R.I., on a bright pleasant morning in August, 1858, can be more easily fancied than described. A new life had come to me. I was in a land where, by its laws, I had the same right to myself that any other woman had. No jailer could take me to prison, and sell me at auction to the highest bidder. My boy was my own, and no one could take him from me. But I had left behind me every one I had ever known. I did not forget the dreadful hardships I had endured, and yet somehow I did not think of them with half the bitterness with which I had endured them. I was a stranger in a strange land and it was no wonder, perhaps, that a dreadful loneliness and homesickness came over me.

The family were just rising when Mr. Adams, with his night-key, opened the door, and showed me the way to the sitting-room, and then went to find his wife. I had only moment to look about me, when the girl from the kitchen came in, and in a very friendly manner asked me to give there with her. Then, in a few minutes more, Mrs. Adams came, and, in her smiling, motherly way, held out her hand to me, saying, "Good-morning, Betty." She met me as if I

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were an old acquaintance. At any rate, she made me feel that I was with friends.

It was not easy at first to accommodate myself to the new surroundings. In the Southern kitchen, under slave rule, there was little thought of convenience or economy. Here I found all sorts of Yankee inventions and improvements to make work easy and pleasant. There were dishes and pans of every description, clean and distinct cloths for all purposes, brushes and brooms for different uses. I couldn't help feeling bewildered sometimes at the difference in so many ways, and for a moment wished myself back in "old Virginny," with my own people; and I very, very often longed to see the old familiar faces and hear the old sounds, but never could I forget to be grateful for my escape from a system under which I had suffered so much.


    CHAPTER VIII.
  --  ANOTHER CHANGE--NEW HOPES AND OLD FEARS--VICISSI-
  --  TUDES POSSIBLE IN SLAVE LIFE--FREEDOM ATTAINED.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER X.
  --  AFFLICTION--REMOVAL TO WORCESTER--RETURN SOUTH
  --  --MEETING OF OLD FRIENDS--THE NORTHERN LIFE
  --  --OLD MASTERS IN THE NORTH--HOUSE-
  --  HOLDER.