LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY 149
SELECT INCIDENT OF LAWFUL TRADE.
" In Raman there was a voice heard, —weeping, and lamentation, and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted."
Mr. Haley and Tom jogged onward in their wagon, each, for a time, absorbed in his own reflections. Now, the reflections of two men sitting side by side are a curious thing, — seated on the same seat, having the same eyes, ears, hands, and organs of all sorts, and having pass before their eyes the same objects, — it is wonderful what a variety we shall find in these same reflections!
As, for example, Mr. Haley : he thought first of Tom's length, and breadth, and height, and what he would sell for, if he was kept fat and in good case till he got him into market. He thought of how he should make out his gang; he thought of the respective market value of certain supposititious men and women and children who were to compose it, and other kindred topics of the business; then he thought of himself, and how humane he was, that whereas other men chained their " niggers " hand and foot both, he only put fetters on the feet, and left Tom the use of his hands, as long as he behaved well; and he sighed to think how ungrateful human nature was, so that there was even room to doubt whether Tom appreciated his mercies. He had been taken in so by " niggers " whom he had favored; but still he was astonished to consider how good-natured he yet remained !
As to Tom, he was thinking over some words of an unfashionable old book, which kept running through his head again and again, as follows : " We have here no continuing city, but we seek one to come; wherefore God himself is