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450             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
" She picks like de debil and all his angels ! " " She 's got 'em all in her, I believe,' said Legree ; and growling a brutal oath, he proceeded to the weighing-room.
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Slowly the weary, dispirited creatures wound their way into the room, and, with crouching reluctance, presented their baskets to be weighed.
Legree noted on a slate, on the side of which was pasted a list of names, the amount.
Tom's basket was weighed and approved; and he looked, with an anxious glance, for the success of the woman he had befriended.
Tottering with weakness, she came forward, and de­livered her basket. It was of full weight, as Legree well perceived ; but, affecting anger, he said, —
" What, you lazy beast! short again ! stand aside, you '11 catch it, pretty soon ! "
The woman gave a groan of utter despair, and sat down on a board.
The person who had been called Misse Cassy now came forward, and, with a haughty, negligent air, delivered her basket. As she delivered it, Legree looked in her eyes with a sneering, yet inquiring glance.
She fixed her black eyes steadily on him, her lips moved slightly, and she said something in French. What it was, no one knew; but Legree's face became perfectly demoniacal in its expression, as she spoke; he half raised his hand as if to strike, — a gesture which she regarded with fierce disdain, as she turned and walked away.
" And now," said Legree, " come here, you Tom. You see, I telled ye I did n't buy ye jest for the common work ; I mean to promote ye, and make a driver of ye; and to-night ye may jest as well begin to get yer hand in. Now, ye jest take this yer gal and flog her ; ye 've seen enough on 't to know how."
"I beg Mas'r's pardon," said Tom ; " hopes Mas'r won't