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16               UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
doom thus suddenly pronounced by a power that he knew was irresistible. He folded his arms, tightly pressed in his lips, but a whole volcano of bitter feelings burned in his bosom, and sent streams of fire through his veins. He breathed short, and his large dark eyes flashed like live coals ; and he might have broken out into some dangerous ebullition, had not the kindly manufacturer touched him on the arm, and said, in a low tone, —
" Give way, George; go with him for the present. "We '11 try to help you, yet."
The tyrant observed the whisper, and conjectured its import, though he could not hear what was said ; and he inwardly strengthened himself in his determination to keep the power he possessed over his victim.
George was taken home, and put to the meanest drudg­ery of the farm. He had been able to repress every dis­respectful word; but the flashing eye, the gloomy and troubled brow, were part of a natural language that could not be repressed, — indubitable signs, which showed too plainly that the man could not become a thing.
It was during the happy period of his employment in the factory that George had seen and married his wife. During that period, — being much trusted and favored by his employer, — he had free liberty to come and go at discretion. The marriage was highly approved of by Mrs. Shelby, who, with a little womanly complacency in match­making, felt pleased to unite her handsome favorite with one of her own class who seenied in every way suited to her; and so they were married in her mistress's great parlor, and her mistress herself adorned the bride's beauti­ful hair with orange-blossoms, and threw over it the bridal veil, which certainly could scarce have rested on a fairer head ; and there was no lack of white gloves, and cake and wine, — of admiring guests to praise the bride's beauty, and her mistress's indulgence and liberality. For a year or two Eliza saw her husband frequently, and there was nothing to interrupt their happiness, except the loss of two