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260             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
Tom and Adolph assisted to get him composed for the night, the latter in high spirits, evidently regarding the matter as a good joke, and laughing heartily at the rusti­city of Tom's horror, who really was simple enough to lie awake most of the rest of the night, praying for his young master.
" Well, Tom, what are you waiting for ? " said St. Clare, the next day, as he sat in his library in dressing-gown and slippers. St. Clare had just been intrusting Tom with some money, and various commissions. " Is n't all right there, Tom ? " he added, as Tom still stood waiting. " I 'm 'fraid not, Mas'r," said Tom, with a grave face. St. Clare laid down his paper, and set down his coffee-cup, and looked at Tom.
" Why, Tom, what's the case ? You look as solemn as a coffin."
" I feel very bad, Mas'r. I allays have thought that Mas'r would be good to everybody."
" Well, Tom, have n't I been ? Come, now, what do you want ? There 's something you have n't got, I suppose, and this is the preface."
" Mas'r allays been good to me. I have n't nothing to complain of, on that head. But there is one that Mas'r isn't good to."
" Why, Tom, what's got into you ? Speak out; what do you mean ! "
" Last night, between one and two, I thought so. I studied upon the matter then. Mas'r is n't good to him­self."
Tom said this with his back to his master, and his hand on the door-knob. St. Clare felt his face flush crimson, but he laughed.
" Oh, that's all, is it ? " he said, gayly. " All! " said Tom, turning suddenly round and falling on his knees. " Oh, my dear young Mas'r ! I 'm afraid it will be loss of all all — body and soul. The good Book says, ' It biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder!' my dear Mas'r ! "