1 "I came from Kentucky," said the woman.
2 The woman was now sitting up on the settle, by the fire.
3 That's a sweet little fellow, added the woman, offering him a cake.
4 Mrs. Shelby was a woman of high class, both intellectually and morally.
5 "Nobody shall hurt you here, poor woman," said Mrs. Bird, encouragingly.
6 The woman folded her child to her bosom, and walked firmly and swiftly away.
7 At this instant, Dinah looked in to say that the woman was awake, and wanted to see Missis.
8 I heard the woman say there was one coming along this evening, and that a man was going to cross over in it.
9 "Well, take him into this room," said the woman, opening into a small bed-room, where stood a comfortable bed.
10 Well, now, that's onlucky," said the woman, whose motherly sympathies were much aroused; "I'm re'lly consarned for ye.
11 At this moment, the door was pushed gently open, and a young quadroon woman, apparently about twenty-five, entered the room.
12 And sure as I am a Christian woman," said Mrs. Shelby, "you shall be redeemed as soon as I can any way bring together means.
13 With many gentle and womanly offices, which none knew better how to render than Mrs. Bird, the poor woman was, in time, rendered more calm.
14 A long-drawn, shivering sigh was the only answer; but she lifted her dark eyes, and fixed them on her with such a forlorn and imploring expression, that the tears came into the little woman's eyes.
15 Mrs. Shelby now rose, and said her engagements would prevent her being at the breakfast-table that morning; and, deputing a very respectable mulatto woman to attend to the gentlemen's coffee at the side-board, she left the room.
16 Sobs, heavy, hoarse and loud, shook the chair, and great tears fell through his fingers on the floor; just such tears, sir, as you dropped into the coffin where lay your first-born son; such tears, woman, as you shed when you heard the cries of your dying babe.
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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