92 UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
"And Eliza, Sam?"
" Wal, she 's clar 'cross Jordan. As a body may say, in the land o' Canaan."
" Why, Sam, what do you mean ? " said Mrs. Shelby, breathless, and almost faint, as the possible meaning of these words came over her.
" Wal, Missis, de Lord he presarves his own. Lizy 's done gone over the river into 'Hio, as 'markably as if de Lord took her over in a charrit of fire and two hosses."
Sam's vein of piety was always uncommonly fervent in his mistress's presence ; and he made great capital of scriptural figures and images.
" Come up here, Sam," said Mr. Shelby, who had followed on to the veranda, " and tell your mistress what she wants. Come, come, Emily," said he, passing his arm round her, " you are cold and all in a shiver ; you allow yourself to feel too much."
" Feel too much! Am not I a woman, — a mother ? Are we not both responsible to God for this poor girl ? My God ! lay not this sin to our charge."
" What sin, Emily ? You see yourself that we have only done what we were obliged to."
"There 's an awful feeling of guilt about it, though," said Mrs. Shelby. " I can't reason it away."
" Here, Andy, you nigger, be alive! " called Sam, under the veranda; " take these yer hosses to der barn ; don't ye hear Mas'r a-callin' ? " and Sam soon appeared, palm-leaf in hand, at the parlor door.
" Now, Sam, tell us distinctly how the matter was," said Mr. Shelby. " Where is Eliza, if you know ? '
" Wal, Mas'r, I saw her, with my own eyes, a-crossin' on the floatin' ice. She crossed most 'markably ; it was n't no less nor a miracle; and I saw a man help her up the 'Hio side, and then she was lost in the dusk."
" Sam, I think this rather apocryphal, — this miracle. Crossing on floating ice is n't so easily done," said Mr. Shelby.