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96               UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
The thing took accordingly. No poor, simple, virtuous body was ever cajoled by the attentions of an electioneer­ing politician with more ease than Aunt Chloe was won over by Master Sam's suavities ; and if he had been the prodigal son himself, he could not have been overwhelmed with more maternal bountifulness ; and he soon found him­self seated, happy and glorious, over a large tin pan, con­taining a sort of olla podrida of all that had appeared on the table for two or three days past. Savory morsels of ham, golden blocks of corn-cake, fragments of pie of every conceivable mathematical figure, chicken wings, gizzards, and drumsticks, all appeared in picturesque confusion; and Sam, as monarch of all he surveyed, sat with his palm-leaf cocked rejoicingly to one side, and patronizing Andy at his right hand.
The kitchen was full of all his compeers, who had hur­ried and crowded in, from the various cabins, to hear the termination of the day's exploits. Now was Sam's hour of glory. The story of the day was rehearsed, with all kinds of ornament and varnishing which might be neces­sary to heighten its effect; for Sam, like some of our fashionable dilettanti, never allowed a story to lose any of its gilding by passing through his hands. Roars of laughter attended the narration, and were taken up and prolonged by all the smaller fry, who were lying, in any quantity, about on the floor, or perched in every corner. In the height of the uproar and laughter, Sam, however, preserved an immovable gravity, only from time to time rolling his eyes up, and giving his auditors divers inexpressibly droll glances, without departing from the sententious elevation of his oratory.
"Yer see, fellow-countrymen," said Sam, elevating a turkey's leg, with energy, "yer see, now, what dis yer chile 's up ter, for 'fendin' yer all, — yes, all on yer. For him as tries to get one o' our people, is as good as tryin* to get all; yer see the principle 's de same, — dat ar 's clar. And any one o' these yer drivers that comes smell-