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530            UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
At this moment, the sudden flush of strength which the joy of meeting his young master had infused into the dying man gave way. A sudden sinking fell upon him ; he closed his eyes ; and that mysterious and sublime change passed over his face, that told the approach of other worlds.
He began to draw his breath with long, deep inspira­tions, and his broad chest rose and fell, heavily. The ex­pression of his face was that of a conqueror.
" Who — who — who shall separate us from the love of Christ ? " he said, in a voice that contended with mortal weakness; and, with a smile, he fell asleep.
George sat fixed with solemn awe. It seemed to him that the place was holy ; and, as he closed the lifeless eyes and rose up from the dead, only one thought possessed him, — that expressed by his simple old friend, — " What a thing it is to be a Christian! "
He turned ; Legree was standing, sullenly, behind him.
Something in that dying scene had checked the natural fierceness of youthful passion. The presence of the man was simply loathsome to George ; and he felt only an impulse to get away from him, with as few words as pos­sible.
Fixing his keen dark eyes on Legree, he simply said, pointing to the dead, " You have got all you ever can of him. What shall I pay you for the body ? I will take it away, and bury it decently."
" 1 don't sell dead niggers," said Legree, doggedly. " You are welcome to bury him where and when you like."
"Boys," said George, in an authoritative tone, to two or three negroes, who were looking at the body, " help me lift him up, and carry him to my wagon; and get me a spade."
One of them ran for a spade; the other two assisted George to carry the body to the wagon.
George neither spoke to nor looked at Legree, who did