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420             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
" You go and help her," he added, to the mother. " Them curls may make a hundred dollars difference in the sale of her."
                                                                               
Beneath a splendid dome were men of all nations, mov­ing to and fro, over the marble pave. On every side of the circular area were little tribunes, or stations, for the use of speakers and auctioneers. Two of these, on oppo­site sides of the area, were now occupied by brilliant and talented gentlemen, enthusiastically forcing up, in English and French commingled, the bids of connoisseurs in their various wares. A third one, on the other side, still unoccu­pied, was surrounded by a group, waiting the moment of sale to begin. And here we may recognize the St. Clare servants, — Tom, Adolph, and others ; and there, too, Susan and Emmeline, awaiting their turn with anxious and dejected faces. Various spectators, intending to purchase, or not intending, as the case might be, gathered around the group, handling, examining, and commenting on their various points and faces with the same freedom that a set of jockeys discuss the merits of a horse.
" Hulloa, Alf! what brings you here ? " said a young exquisite, slapping the shoulder of a sprucely dressed young man, who was examining Adolph through an eye­glass.
" Well, I was wanting a valet, and I heard that St. Clare 's lot was going. I thought I 'd just look at his " —
" Catch me ever buying any of St. Clare's people! Spoilt niggers, every one. Impudent as the devil! ' said the other.
" Never fear that! " said the first. " If I get 'em, I '11 soon have their airs out of them; they '11 soon find that they 've another kind of master to deal with than Mon­sieur St. Clare. 'Pon my word, I '11 buy that fellow. I like the shape of him."
" You '11 find it '11 take all you 've got to keep him. He 's deucedly extravagant! "
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