Perkins who nearly beat him to death because he didn't like "to see strange negroes in his yard" (782). Although Equiano gives us plenty of examples of cruel slave owners and kind slave owners, he only provides us with one personal example of an owner who promised him freedom and then sold him: Daniel Queen, the man who taught him to read from the Bible and told him that he was "as free as himself, or any other man on board" (769). But even this dishonest act is played down a bit when Equiano later learned that Queen asked that he be sold to the best possible master because he "was a very deserving boy" (770).


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