By William Noy Wilkins Mrs, Anon, Gordon Wilkins Kerr, Lise Winer, Bridget Brereton, Rhonda Cobham, Mary Rimmer, Karen Sanchez-Eppler
A dramatic nineteenth-century story, initially released within the newspapers of the day, Adolphus strains the adventures of a mulatto son of a black slave lady raped by means of a white guy.
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Qxd 6/17/2003 1:15 PM Page xliv Introduction [professional] pursuits & domestic troubles”. 12 Mrs Wilkins and her children, like many other people of limited means, went to the Continent, where it was possible to live “respectably” at a much cheaper rate. They apparently lived in Brussels on the income from some property in Ireland left by her mother, although that property was later lost completely. Of the two children, according to her second application to the Royal Literary Fund in 1884, the son became an “engineer” in South Africa, and the daughter, Elizabeth, was intending to pursue a career in music, though hampered by ill health.
And Belfond’s mother, though she does love her son and his father, is flogged to death by her master/lover’s new wife, jealous of her husband’s former lover. The past, in other words, “parents” the present with a vengeance in this novel. In Adolphus, it is specifically fathers who are demonic: there are hardly any good fathers in the novel except for the aged Mr Romelia, the heroine Antonia’s father. qxd 6/17/2003 1:15 PM Page liv Introduction sions of the villain DeGuerinon. Adolphus’s experience of parental love is much bleaker: his grandmother, Agilai, is raped by her master, who has just sold her husband; she dies after bearing a child, Rosa.
While in England he was befriended by Julia Griffith and her sister Eliza Griffith. In a piece titled “Colorphobia in New York” that he published in the North Star in May of 1849, Douglass described how the sisters “allowed themselves to take his arm, and to walk many times up and down Broadway . . ” Douglass then argues that the best way to eradicate racial prejudice “is to act as though it did not exist, and to associate with their fellow creatures irrespective of all complexional differences.