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0Eliza Runs Away With Little Harry
3He had to do it that night, however, before she went to bed.
4Mrs. Shelby could hardly believe it. 5“Oh, you do not mean this,” she said. 6“You must not sell our good Tom and dear little Harry. 7Do anything rather than that. 8It is a wicked, wicked thing to do.
10“There is nothing else I can do,” said Mr. Shelby. 11“I have sold everything I can think of, and at any rate now that Haley has set his heart on having Tom and Harry, he would not take anything or anybody instead.”
12Mrs. Shelby cried very much about it, but at last, though she was very, very unhappy she fell asleep.
13But some one whom Mr. and Mrs. Shelby never thought of was listening to this talk.
14Eliza was sitting in the next room. 15The door was not quite closed, so she could not help hearing what was said. 16As she listened she grew pale and cold and a terrible look of pain came into her face.
17Eliza had had three dear little children, but two of them had died when they were tiny babies. 18She loved and cared for Harry all the more because she had lost the others. 19Now he was to be taken from her, and sold to cruel men, and she would never see him again. 20She felt she could not bear it.
21Eliza’s husband was called George, and was a slave too. 22He did not belong to Mr. Shelby, but to another man, who had a farm quite near. 22-1George and Eliza could not live together as a husband and wife generally do. 23Indeed, they hardly ever saw each other. 24George’s master was a cruel man, and would not let him come to see his wife. 25He was so cruel, and beat George so dreadfully, that the poor slave made up his mind to run away. 26He had come that very day to tell Eliza what he meant to do.
27As soon as Mr. and Mrs. Shelby stopped talking, Eliza crept away to her own room, where little Harry was sleeping. 28There he lay with his pretty curls around his face. 29His rosy mouth was half open, his fat little hands thrown out over the bedclothes, and a smile like a sunbeam upon his face.
30“My baby, my sweet one,” said Eliza, “they have sold you. But mother will save you yet!”
31She did not cry. 32She was too sad and sorrowful for that. 33Taking a piece of paper and a pencil, she wrote quickly.
34“Oh, missis! dear missis! don’t think me ungrateful—don’t think hard of me, anyway! I heard all you and master said tonight. I am going to try to save my boy—you will not blame me! God bless and reward you for all your kindness!”
35Eliza was going to run away.
36She gathered a few of Harry’s clothes into a bundle, put on her hat and jacket, and went to wake him.
37Poor Harry was rather frightened at being waked in the middle of the night, and at seeing his mother bending over him, with her hat and jacket on.
39“Hush,” she said, “Harry mustn’t cry or speak aloud, or they will hear us. A wicked man was coming to take little Harry away from his mother, and carry him way off in the dark. But mother won’t let him. She’s going to put on her little boy’s cap and coat, and run off with him, so the ugly man can’t catch him.”
40Harry stopped crying at once, and was good and quiet as a little mouse , while his mother dressed him. 41When he was ready, she lifted him in her arms, and crept softly out of the house.
42It was a beautiful, clear, starlight night, but very cold, for it was wintertime. 43Eliza ran quickly to Uncle Tom’s cottage, and tapped on the window.
44Aunt Chloe was not asleep, so she jumped up at once, and opened the door. 45She was very much astonished to see Eliza standing there with Harry in her arms. 46Uncle Tom followed her to the door, and was very much astonished too.
47“I’m running away, Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe—carrying off my child,” said Eliza. 48“Master sold him.”
49“Sold him?” they both echoed, lifting up their hands in dismay.
50“Yes, sold him,” said Eliza. 51“I heard master tell missis that he had sold my Harry, and you, Uncle Tom. The man is coming to take you away tomorrow.”
52At first Tom could hardly believe what he heard. 53Then he sank down, and buried his face in his hands.
54“The good Lord have pity on us!” said Aunt Chloe. 55“What has Tom done that master should sell him?”
56“He hasn’t done anything—it isn’t for that. Master don’t want to sell; but he owes this man money. If he doesn’t pay him it will end in his having to sell the house and all the slaves. Master said he was sorry. But missis she talked like an angel. I’m a wicked girl to leave her so, but I can’t help it. It must be right; but if it an’t right, the good Lord will forgive me, for I can’t help doing it.”
57“Tom,” said Aunt Chloe, “why don’t you go too? 58There’s time.”
59Tom slowly raised his head and looked sorrowfully at her.
60“No, no,” he said. 61“Let Eliza go. It is right that she should try to save her boy. Mas’r has always trusted me, and I can’t leave him like that. It is better for me to go alone than for the whole place to be sold. Mas’r isn’t to blame, Chloe. He will take care of you and the poor——”
62Tom could say no more. 63Big man though he was, he burst into tears, at the thought of leaving his wife and dear little children, never to see them any more.
64“Aunt Chloe,” said Eliza, in a minute or two, “I must go. I saw my husband today. He told me he meant to run away soon, because his master is so cruel to him. Try to send him a message from me. Tell him I have run away to save our boy. Tell him to come after me if he can. Good–bye, good–bye. God bless you!”
65Then Eliza went out again into the dark night with her little boy in her arms, and Aunt Chloe shut the door softly behind her.
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