160 SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA.
and the younger folks keep exchanging glances
with one another. The old lady, fearing I should
do myself an injury, made several ineffectual
attempts to draw my attention off.
" Friend John Brown, we wish to talk with
thee, as soon as thou can," she said; " we want to
hear all about thee."
" Yes, ma'am," I answered, without leaving
off: " you can go on, ma'am; I can talk and eat
I dare not say how long I might have gone on.
I had not eaten a meal for so long, that now it
seemed as though I never could satisfy my craving.
At last the old lady said, decidedly:
" Friend, John Brown, thee must n't take it
unkindly, but thee must n't eat any more now.
Thou can'st have some more in the day-time if
thou like; but thou wilt make thyself ill, if thou
take more now."
And so I was obliged to give in.
A chapter from the Scriptures was read after
breakfast, which, including my " spell" at the
table, had lasted two hours from the time we sat
I was then conducted into a safe retreat, where
there was a comfortable bed provided for me,