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This is the book's longest and perhaps most important chapter. Initially, Douglass returns to familiar  themes, declaring again his contempt for histrionically religious slave owners. One such man was  Covey, who bred slaves for profit. He was, however, one master who worked with his hands and thus  knew what kind of work each slave could endure. His sneakiness and ability to deceive were his  strengths to the degree that Douglass thinks Covey may have fooled himself into believing that he  was a religious person. Religion is an important element throughout Douglass' life and his  Narrative.  At the lowest points in  his life, he speaks silently to God — for example, while watching the ships on Chesapeake Bay,  sailing toward the Northern states. Some critics argue that it was at this point that Douglass became  free, for once the mind is freed, the body will follow. Other critics, however, point to the fight that  Douglass has with Covey as the real turning point, the moment when Douglass becomes  psychologically free. Douglass himself believes that the Covey episode was significant.
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