I couldn’t find the Frenchman, and so I went to the Devil’s house thinking I could get some word of him. A colored houseman with a sour face answered the door and told me the master would be back later. But when I returned, the door was closed to me.
I waited in a doorway opposite the house all evening long, and when it was late and dark enough, he came out leading his horse. I wanted to rush to him and ask what happened, but he was too fast for me and spun away, leaving me in his tracks. I followed him blindly, but I knew where he was going.
When he emerged before dawn, I was waiting for him, and there was no way he could avoid me. He was annoyed to see me there, but I walked right up to him and said, ‘Why you leave me?’
‘What are you saying, girl? No one left you.’
‘You stop coming, you stop sending money. Now you with Madame Marie,’ I sounded like a washerwoman to myself, shrill and broken, but he did not speak French and I spoke English poorly.
‘Now listen,’ he said grabbing my arm, ‘Madame Marie and I are business partners, pure and simple. We are opening a saloon together where gentleman will come play cards and pay for the privilege. That’s all. Now go home like a good girl, and I’ll come tomorrow.’
I grabbed his arm, crying, ‘Why you lie to me, now? You spend all night with her. You had enough of your black whore and you got a white girl. Why you don’t tell me true?’
But he shook me off saying, ‘It’s business, you little fool.’
‘Come home with me, you know she can’t love you like I do!’ I was holding on to him, pleading with him, but he had enough of me and pushed me so roughly that I staggered and fell.
‘Leave me alone, daughter of Ham!’ he cried. He left me in the dust of the street, though I ran after him a way. Then I knew I had lost him forever.
Two days later, men came and put my trunk out on the street and took the keys to my house. I had nowhere to go, and I sat on the trunk and burst into tears. There was bitterness in my heart too, and I hoped Madame Marie would die for I blamed her and hoped he would come back to me.