Rheumatism In Mary Prince

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Further along in the work, Mary Prince struggles under the ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Wood to earn her freedom and, after receiving her freedom, she struggles to secure a comfortable life in England. While traveling to England, Mary describes that “the rheumatism seized all my limbs worse than ever, and my body was dreadfully swelled” (pg. 31). Rheumatism would continue to plague Mary while bound to the Woods, making her life miserable as well as making her slave duties excruciatingly painful. In particular, Mrs. Woods’ demand of washing in hot water not only causes Mary’s rheumatism to grow ever more agonizing, but also displays the uncompassionate evilness of Mrs. Wood. Subsequently, once Mary receives her freedom, through leaving the Woods,
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