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  • Solomon overpowering, then beating the crap out of Tibeats leaving him whimpering like a dog.
  • After Solomon's first attempt to get a letter out results in betrayal, he bluffs his way out of the situation with no time to prepare, his faith in humanity having just taken another blow, all with Epps right in his face with a shank pointed at his gut.
  • Bass standing up to Epps and telling him about how slavery is despicable. Epps has no response to it and resorts to making vague, incoherent threats.
    Bass: The law says you have the right [to hold slaves]…but begging the law's pardon, it lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?
    Epps: Ha!
    Bass: Suppose!
    Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.
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  • When the sheriff and Mr. Parker come to retrieve Solomon, Epps tries to stop them by claiming that he's his property. The two bluntly tells him that he's not above the law and that they have the papers showing that "Platt" is a freedman and that they could bankrupt his "business" easily.


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