We are alerted to her youth from her first appearance making corn dolls in the field. Harriet Alfre Woodard is kept also kept as a mistress, of Master Shaw, a nearby farm owner. Black and white women lived in close proximity, with jealousy, violence, and sexual abuse part of everyday life. She succeeded in ending the life of her two-year-old daughter. To Garner, after a lifetime of sexual abuse and knowing the fate of her children, death was preferable to enslavement — and infanticide a higher form of love. No doubt the sexual abuse of men and young boys by slave holders male and female occurred, but evidence is harder to come by. The similar relationship between US president Thomas Jefferson and his enslaved woman Sally Hemings has often been romanticised as one based on love rather than coercion — yet from the testimony of former slaves we know that enslaved women such as Hemings did what they could within the constraints of their gender and status in order to alleviate their position. Eliza, Patsey, and Harriet — all three sexually abused by white men. Like 12 Years a Slave, Beloved is based on a real life story, that of Margaret Garner, a sexually abused enslaved woman who escaped with her four children before tragically attempting to murder them when she learned their master had located them. Through this relationship between Patsey and Mistress Epps Sarah Paulson we are given a glimpse into the peculiar domestic space created by slavery. What is obvious is that the psychological pain of men and boys having to stand by and often watch their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters enduring punishment and sexual abuse, while being unable to do anything to help, must have been immense. Patsey is the victim of both the master and the mistress — the master sexually assaults her and the white mistress, instead of sympathising with her plight, subjects her to psychological and physical abuse.