Uncle Tom's Cabin Chapter 17: Summary and Analysis

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Chapter 17: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Phineas Fletcher: a Quaker neighbor of the Hallidays’ who helps the Harris family escape

This chapter returns to the Hallidays’ home, with George and Eliza Harris making plans on what they might do once they reach Canada. Simeon Halliday introduces them to his friend Phineas Fletcher, a “hearty, two-fisted backwoodsman” who married a Quaker woman and joined the settlement. Phineas brings news that slave catchers are nearby, and with his guidance, the escaped slaves head out. Included in their party is Jim, who earlier had run away with George, and Jim’s mother.

As the group travels along during the night, Tom Loker and his gang spot it, and a chase...

(The entire section is 638 words.)