Who are the characters in the book Lyddie by Katherine Paterson in chapter 6?

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Chapter 6 mainly involves a conversation between Lyddie and Ezekial.

The main character is Lyddie, a farm girl who later becomes a factory girl.  Other than Lyddie, another character in Chapter 6 is Ezekial Abemathy, the Bible-quoting runaway slave.  He was told by Brother Stevens that he could find a safe place there.  Lyddie’s first thought about Ezekial is that she is afraid of him, but her second thought is that he is worth money.

"You talk like a preacher."

He relaxed a little. "Well, I am, or rather, I was."

"Then you ain't a slave?"

"Some have considered me a slave." (Ch. 6)

Lyddie is somewhat of a child, and she can be silly and selfish sometimes like all children, and curious.  Ezekial is not at all what she expects of a slave.  He is educated and pious, and as, she said, sounds more like a preacher than a heathen.  She is offended when he intimates that she is basically a slave too, being made to work and do things she does not want to do.  He is empathizing, but she feels irritated and brought down to his level.

Another character is Luke Stephens, the farmer’s son. He is a Quaker, so it makes sense that he would be against slavery too.  There is also Triphena, the cook.  She is mentioned, when Lyddie considers her position.

At Cutler's, despite Triphena's friendship, she was no more than a slave. She worked from before dawn until well after dark, and what did she have to show for it? (Ch. 6)

As Lyddie comments, Triphena is kind to her.  However, Lyddie and Ezekial are right.  She is basically a slave in some ways. Her mother has sold her into service to pay off the family’s debts, and she cannot make her own choices.  She is free, unlike Ezekial, but not really free.

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