So Good at Pretending It’s Not Christmas

Chapter 9 of 12 Years a Slave follows Chapter 8, when all hell broke loose. Below, self’s abbreviated summary of 8:

  • Solomon Northup, in his first year of slavery, was acquired by a good man who then sold him to a bad man, whose foreman took an extreme dislike to Northup and tried to beat him to death (even though this is stupid, as you lose your financial investment). Northup would not allow himself to be beaten to death, he fought back, for which he was condemned to hang, and had his hands bound and a noose placed around his neck, when his former master — having been informed of the impending death of his former slave — came galloping up just in the nick of time, and this former master (who btw was a preacher, and after Trump self didn’t think she could think kindly of preachers, ever again, but anyhoo) rode like lightning and made it in time to rescue his former slave, and himself walked up to Northup and cut the noose from around his neck. Afterwards, this former master was in danger from other planters and the bad foreman, who were always whispering aspersions and giving him side-eye, to the point where self is almost sure Chapter 9 (which she is just beginning) will end with the death of Northup’s former master.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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