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266             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN- OR
teacup, up there, and there 's some over in that ar cup­board."
" Here are some in the grater," said Miss Ophelia, holding them up.
" Laws, yes, I put 'em there this morning, — I likes to keep my things handy," said Dinah. " You, Jake ! what are you stopping for ! You '11 cotch it! Be still, thar ! " she added, with a dive of her stick at the criminal.
" What's this ?" said Miss Ophelia, holding up the saucer of pomade.
" Laws, it's my har grease ; — I put it thar to have it handy."
" Do you use your mistress's best saucers for that ? "
" Law! it was cause I was driv, and in sich a hurry; — I was gwine to change it this very day."
" Here are two damask table-napkins."
" Them table-napkins I put thar, to get 'em washed out, some day."
" Don't you have some place here on purpose for things to be washed? "
" Well, Mas'r St. Clare got dat ar chest, he said, for dat; but I likes to mix up biscuit and hev my things on it some days, and then it an't handy a-liftin' up the lid."
" Why don't you mix your biscuits on the pastry-table, there ? "
" Law, Missis, it gets sot so full of dishes, and one thing and another, der an't no room, noways "—
"But you should wash your dishes, and clear them away."
" Wash my dishes! " said Dinah, in a high key, as her wrath began to rise over her habitual respect of manner; " what does ladies know 'bout work, I want to know ? When 'd Mas'r ever get his dinner, if I was to spend all my time a-washin' and a-puttin' up dishes ? Miss Marie never telled me so, nohow."
" Well, here are these onions."
" Laws, yes! " said Dinah; " thar is whar I put 'em, now. I could n't 'member. Them's particular onions i