Hence, her strong willingness and intelligence proved to be her best alley in life.
Mary’s life is filled with struggle and sorrow with small sprinkling of hope and joy in-between. But, her initial years were tranquil and uneventful. The day her sisters and she were sold out proves to be the most tragic incident of her life. This is a black day marked by her mother’s sorrowful words as she dresses her kids in the coarse clothes, See, I am shrouding my poor children; what a task for a mother! (Page 3). It was the end of the tranquil days and an advent into hardships and sufferings. The rest that included beatings, stripping, physical and sexual assaults were just continuous black phase suffered most of her life. Hence, her first sale at the tender young age was the landmark day in her life and marks the most sorrowful occasion of her entire existence.
Mary was not the isolated slave who suffered ill-treatment at the hands of her owners. Abuse of the slaves was sadly a very common occurrence as was evident from Mary’s account of other slaves such as the little slave children, Cyrus and Jack. Both these kids were subjected to the most brutal punishments right from a very young age for almost no reasons. Hetty, whom Mary called Aunt in affection also, went to an early grave because of her master’s severe physical punishments during the off set of pregnancy. Hetty was the most efficient person of the household and apparently took the entire responsibility of the house upon herself. But, one small slip and no one spared a single bout of mercy to her spanking her so much that she had an early labor and died after some time.
Colonialism and Imperialism robbed Mary of her childhood. It took her away from her family at a very young age and later also alienated with her husband whom she loved a lot. It degraded her mentally and physically as she