,520 UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
Tom. Legree had told them, at first, that he had bought . him for a general overseer, in his absence; and this had begun an ill will, on their part, which had increased, in their debased and servile natures, as they saw him becoming obnoxious to their master's displeasure. Quimbo, therefore, departed, with a will, to execute his orders.
Tom heard the message with a forewarning heart; for he knew all the plan of the fugitives' escape, and the place of their present concealment; he knew the deadly character of the man he had to deal with, and his despotic power. But he felt strong in God to meet death, rather than betray the helpless.
He set his basket down by the row, and, looking up, said, " Into thy hands I commend my spirit! Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth! " and then quietly yielded himself to the rough, brutal grasp with which Quimbo seized him.
"Ay, ay!" said the giant, as he dragged him along; " ye '11 cotch it, now ! I '11 be boun' Mas'r's back 's up high ! No sneaking out, now ! Tell ye, ye 11 get it, and no mistake! See how ye '11 look, now, helpin' Mas'r's niggers to run away ! See what ye 11 get! "
The savage words none of them reached that ear ! — a higher voice there was saying, " Fear not them that kill the body, and, after that, have no more that they can do." Nerve and bone of that poor man's body vibrated to those words, as if touched by the finger of God; and he felt the strength of a thousand souls in one. As he passed along, the trees and bushes, the huts of his servitude, the whole scene of his degradation, seemed to whirl by him as the landscape by the rushing car. His soul throbbed, — his home was in sight, — and the hour of release seemed at hand.
" Well, Tom! " said Legree, walking up, and seizing him grimly by the collar of his coat, and speaking through his teeth, in a paroxysm of determined rage, " do you know I 've made up my mind to kill you ? "