48 UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
And, suiting the action to the word, the door flew open, and the light of the tallow candle, which Tom had hastily lighted, fell on the haggard face and dark, wild eyes of the fugitive.
" Lord bless you ! — I 'm skeered to look at ye, Lizy \ Are ye tuck sick, or what's come over ye ? "
" I 'm running away, — Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe, — carrying off my child, — Master sold him ! "
" Sold him ? " echoed both, lifting up their hands in dismay.
*' Yes, sold him ! " said Eliza firmly ; " I crept into the closet by Mistress's door to-night, and I heard Master tell Missis that he had sold my Harry, and you, Uncle Tom, both, to a trader; and that he was going off this morning on his horse, and that the man was to take possession to-
Tom had stood, during this speech, with his hands raised, and his eyes dilated, like a man in a dream. Slowly and gradually, as its meaning came over him, he collapsed, rather than seated himself, on his old chair, and sunk his head down upon his knees.
" The good Lord have pity on us ! " said Aunt Chloe. ** Oh, it don't seem as if it was true ! What has he done, thai Mas'r should sell him ? "
" He has n't done anything, — it is n't for that. Master don't want to sell; and Missis, — she 's always good. I heard her plead and beg for us; but he told her 't was no use ; that he was in this man's debt, and that this man had got the power over him ; and that if he did n't pay him off clear, it would end in his having to sell the place and all the people, and move off. Yes, I heard him say there was no choice between selling these two and selling all, the man was driving him so hard. Master said he was sorry ; but oh. Missis, — you ought to have heard her talk ! If she an't a Christian and an angel, there never was one. I 'm a wicked girl to leave her so ; but, then, I can't help it. She said, herself, one soul was