1 "The Bible was my mother's book," said St. Clare.
2 It was Sunday evening, and Eva's Bible lay open on her knee.
3 It seems to me, mamma, the Bible is for every one to read themselves.
4 "Then you don't believe that the Bible justifies slavery," said Miss Ophelia.
5 He was lying on his face, with Eva's Bible open before him, at a little distance.
6 In Tom's hurried exchange, he had not forgotten to transfer his cherished Bible to his pocket.
7 He had flattered himself on leisure to read his Bible; but there was no such thing as leisure there.
8 Well, of course, by and by, Eva, you will have other things to think of besides reading the Bible round to servants.
9 If ye'd only studied yer Bible, like this yer good man, ye might have know'd it before, and saved ye a heap o trouble.
10 "I'd teach them to read their own Bible, and write their own letters, and read letters that are written to them," said Eva, steadily.
11 He had been comforting himself with the thought of a cottage, rude, indeed, but one which he might make neat and quiet, and where he might have a shelf for his Bible, and a place to be alone out of his laboring hours.
12 In dreams, a gentle voice came over his ear; he was sitting on the mossy seat in the garden by Lake Pontchartrain, and Eva, with her serious eyes bent downward, was reading to him from the Bible; and he heard her read.
13 It was a warm, golden evening; and, as he walked to the other end of the verandah, he saw Tom busily intent on his Bible, pointing, as he did so, with his finger to each successive word, and whispering them to himself with an earnest air.
14 It was a decent room, containing a bed, a chair, and a small, rough stand, where lay Tom's Bible and hymn-book; and where he sits, at present, with his slate before him, intent on something that seems to cost him a great deal of anxious thought.
15 As for Tom's Bible, though it had no annotations and helps in margin from learned commentators, still it had been embellished with certain way-marks and guide-boards of Tom's own invention, and which helped him more than the most learned expositions could have done.
16 It had been his custom to get the Bible read to him by his master's children, in particular by young Master George; and, as they read, he would designate, by bold, strong marks and dashes, with pen and ink, the passages which more particularly gratified his ear or affected his heart.
17 He followed him wherever he walked, wistfully and sadly; and when he saw him sitting, so pale and quiet, in Eva's room, holding before his eyes her little open Bible, though seeing no letter or word of what was in it, there was more sorrow to Tom in that still, fixed, tearless eye, than in all Marie's moans and lamentations.
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