Eliza seems desperate to leave the house but also worried about leaving it. Why?Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

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In Chapter XVII of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Eliza becomes greatly concerned when she learns from Phineas that he has overheard a group of men talking about capturing George and his family; they also plan to separate George from Eliza and her from the child.  Fearful, Eliza looks up to her husband "throwing her arms around him."  When George tells her that he will protect her to the death, she sobs,

'Oh, Lord have mercy!'....'If he will only let us get out of this country together, that is all we ask.'

The party departs, but is stopped by the very men of whom Phineas has spoken.  One man, Tom Loker, fires a shot that grazes George. Enraged, George grabs a pistol with which to retaliate; when the man nears him, George fires, striking Tom in the side.  At this point, Phineas steps forth, pushing Tom, who falls a ways, but his clothing stops him from falling to his death.  George and the others retrieve him, placing Tom in the wagon.  Charitably, they take the man who would kill George to be aided and restored to life.  George is glad that Tom will survive, for he does not want his death on his hands.

 

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