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460             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
I faithful ? For seven years, did n't I study every look and motion, and only live and breathe to please him ? Pie had the yellow fever, and for twenty days and nights I watched with him. I alone, — and gave him all his medicine, and did everything for him ; and then he called me his good angel, and said I 'd saved his life. We had two beautiful children. The first was a boy, and we called him Henry. He was the image of his father, — he had such beautiful eyes, such a forehead, and his hair hung in curls all around it; and he had all his father's spirit, and his talent, too. Little Elise, he said, looked like me. He used to tell me that I was the most beautiful woman in Louisiana, he was so proud of me and the children. He used to love to have me dress them up, and take them and me about in an open carriage, and hear the remarks that people would make on us ; and he used to fill my ears constantly with the fine things that were said in praise of me and the chil­dren. Oh, those were happy days ! I thought I was as happy as any one could be ; but then there came evil times. He had a cousin come to New Orleans, who was his partic­ular friend, — he thought all the world of him; — but, from the first time I saw him, I could n't tell why, I dreaded him ; for I felt sure he was going to bring misery on us. He got Henry to going out with him, and often he would not come home nights till two or three o'clock. I did not dare say a word ; for Henry was so high-spirited I was afraid to. He got him to the gamingvhouses ; and he was one of the sort that, when he once got a-going there, there was no holding back. And then he introduced him to another lady, and I saw soon that his heart was gone from me. He never told me, but I saw it, — I knew it, day after day, — I felt my heart breaking, but I could not say a word ! At this, the wretch offered to buy me and the children of Henry, to clear off his gambling debts, which stood in the way of his marrying as he wished; — and he sold us. He told me, one day, that he had busi­ness in the country, and should be gone two or three weeks.