1 She turned, and a bright smile lighted up her fine eyes.
2 "I'm afraid mine are not properly brought up, then," said Mr. Shelby.
3 Fact is, I never could do things up the way some fellers manage the business.
4 I tell you, she squeezed up her child in her arms, and talked, and went on real awful.
5 The child came up, and the master patted the curly head, and chucked him under the chin.
6 Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girlhood, as a petted and indulged favorite.
7 To Canada," said he, straightening himself up; "and when I'm there, I'll buy you; that's all the hope that's left us.
8 The fellow that was trading for her didn't want her baby; and she was one of your real high sort, when her blood was up.
9 Tan't, you know, as if it was white folks, that's brought up in the way of 'spectin' to keep their children and wives, and all that.
10 "Well, call up this evening, between six and seven, and you shall have my answer," said Mr. Shelby, and the trader bowed himself out of the apartment.
11 It kinder makes my blood run cold to think of 't; and when they carried off the child, and locked her up, she jest went ravin' mad, and died in a week.
12 She looked nervously out on the verandah, where the boy, tired of the grave conversation, had retired, and where he was riding triumphantly up and down on Mr. Shelby's walking-stick.
13 There is some sense in it, in your case; they have brought you up like a child, fed you, clothed you, indulged you, and taught you, so that you have a good education; that is some reason why they should claim you.
14 Now, a nigger, you see, what's got to be hacked and tumbled round the world, and sold to Tom, and Dick, and the Lord knows who, tan't no kindness to be givin on him notions and expectations, and bringin on him up too well, for the rough and tumble comes all the harder on him arter.
15 Instantly the flexible limbs of the child assumed the appearance of deformity and distortion, as, with his back humped up, and his master's stick in his hand, he hobbled about the room, his childish face drawn into a doleful pucker, and spitting from right to left, in imitation of an old man.
16 Well, lately Mas'r has been saying that he was a fool to let me marry off the place; that he hates Mr. Shelby and all his tribe, because they are proud, and hold their heads up above him, and that I've got proud notions from you; and he says he won't let me come here any more, and that I shall take a wife and settle down on his place.
17 After the birth of little Harry, however, she had gradually become tranquillized and settled; and every bleeding tie and throbbing nerve, once more entwined with that little life, seemed to become sound and healthful, and Eliza was a happy woman up to the time that her husband was rudely torn from his kind employer, and brought under the iron sway of his legal owner.
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