A slave-girl, who impersonates the low moral development but
real capacity for education of the negro race. Her reply to Aunt
Opthelia, who questioned her as to her father and mother, is worthy
After maintaining that she had neither father nor mother, her
solution of her existence was “I 'spects I growed.” (Mrs. Beecher
Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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