little trifles, which Tom had treasured, chiefly because they had amused Eva, he looked upon with a contemptuous grunt, and tossed them over his shoulder into the river.
Toms Methodist hymn-book, which, in his hurry, he had forgotten, he now held up and turned over.
Humph! pious, to be sure. So, whats yer name,you belong to the church, eh?
Yes, Masr, said Tom, firmly.
Well, Ill soon have that out of you. I have none o yer bawling, praying, singing niggers on my place; so remember. Now, mind yourself, he said, with a stamp and a fierce glance of his gray eye, directed at Tom, Im your church now! You understand,youve got to be as I say.
Something within the silent black man answered No! and, as if repeated by an invisible voice, came the words of an old prophetic scroll, as Eva had often read them to him,Fear not! for I have redeemed thee. I have called thee by name. Thou art Mine!
But Simon Legree heard no voice. That voice is one he never shall hear. He only glared for a moment on the downcast face of Tom, and walked off. He took Toms trunk, which contained a very neat and abundant wardrobe, to the forecastle, where it was soon surrounded by various hands of the boat. With much laughing, at the expense of niggers who tried to be gentlemen, the articles very readily were sold to one and another, and the empty trunk finally put up at auction. It was a good joke, they all thought, especially to see how Tom looked after his things, as they were going this way and that; and then the auction of the trunk, that was funnier than all, and occasioned abundant witticisms.
This little affair being over, Simon sauntered up again to his property.
Now, Tom, Ive relieved you of any extra baggage, you see. Take mighty good care of them clothes. Itll be long enough fore you get more. I go in for making niggers careful; one suit has to do for one year, on my place.
Simon next walked up to the place where Emmeline was sitting, chained to another woman.
Well, my dear, he said, chucking her under the chin, keep up your spirits.
The involuntary look of horror, fright and aversion, with which the girl regarded him, did not escape his eye. He frowned fiercely.
None o your shines, gal! yous got to keep a pleasant face, when I speak to ye,dye hear? And you, you old yellow poco moonshine! he said, giving a shove to the mulatto woman to whom Emmeline was chained, dont you carry that sort of face! Yous got to look chipper, I tell ye!
I say, all on ye, he said retreating a pace or two back, look at me,look at me,look me right in the eye,straight, now! said he, stamping his foot at every pause.
As by a fascination, every eye was now directed to the glaring greenish-gray eye of Simon.
Now, said he, doubling his great, heavy fist into something resembling a blacksmiths hammer, dye see this fist? Heft it! he said, bringing it down on Toms hand. Look at these yer bones! Well, I tell ye this yer fist has got as hard as iron knocking down niggers. I never see the nigger, yet, I couldnt bring down with one crack, said he, bringing his fist down so near to the face of Tom that he winked and drew back. I dont keep none o yer cussed overseers; I does my own overseeing; and I tell you things is seen to. Yous every one on ye got to toe the mark, I tell ye; quick,straight,the moment I speak. Thats the way to keep in with me. Ye wont find no soft spot in me, nowhere. So, now, mind yerselves; for I dont show no mercy!
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