Boston King VS. Isabel
The Boston King had a very different life from Isabel. Boston King had a proprietor to take care of him at some points when there were severe beatings. The text states, "My proprietor, hearing of the bad usage I received, came to town, and severely reprimanded my master for beating me in such a manner, threatening him, that if he ever heard the like again, he would take me away and put me to another master to finish my time, and make him pay for it. This had a good effects and he behaved much better to me, the two succeeding years, and I began to acquire a proper knowledge of my trade." This excerpt shows how when the Boston King got beat and injured his proprietor stepped in and he was treated better. After Miss Mary died and Isabel's parents were already gone she had to take care of herself and Ruth. The book says, "But Ruth did. She giggled, a sound like a small silver bell. A bell tolling disaster. Madam Lockton flew off the chest and pointed her finger at us. 'Which one of you made that noise?' Her face flushed with rage, her eyes darting back and forth between us. 'I did it ma'am,' I quickly lied. The smile on Ruth's face faded as she figured that something bad was unfolding. Craaack! Lightning struck from a blue sky; Madam slapped my face so hard it near threw me to the ground." This shows how Isabel has to grow up fast to protect Ruth since no one else is going to. Ruth may have Isabel; but Isabel has no one.
Another way the Boston King's life is different from Isabel's is that they both dealt with small pox; but in very different ways. Boston King got the small pox and had to be sent out of camp. The passage includes, "In this situation I was seized with the small-pox, and suffered great hardships; for all the Blacks affected with that disease, were ordered to be carried a mile from the camp, lest the soldiers should be infected, and disabled from marching. This was a grievous circumstance to me and many others. We lay sometimes a whole day without any thing to eat or drink; but Providence sent a man, who belonged to the York volunteers whom I was acquainted with, to my relief. He brought me such things a I stood in need of; and by the blessing of the Lord I began to recover." This explains Boston King's experience of the small pox and the hardships of limited food, water, and care. Isabel and Ruth's mother died of small pox, but left them alive. The book states, "'Smallpox is tricky,' Miss Mary Finch said to me when Momma died. 'There's no telling who it'll take.' The pox had left Ruth and me with scars like tiny stars scattered on our skin. It took Momma to Our Maker." This exhibits how Isabel's family had a very nice owner at the time the three of them got the smallpox and they were in better care. Smallpox was very tough itself, but harder considering conditions.