Chapter 37: Summary and Analysis
Aunt Dorcas: Quaker woman who nurses Tom Loker
Mrs. Smyth: Quaker woman who helps the Harris family escape to Canada
Chapter 37 returns to the Harris family in Ohio. After turning away the slave catchers, they journey to another Quaker settlement and bring the wounded Tom Loker with them. Aunt Dorcas, a “tall, dignified, spiritual woman,” nurses Tom Loker, who for three weeks is bedridden from his wounds and a fever. Although he grunts and curses, Aunt Dorcas patiently reminds him to watch his language. To show his appreciation for the Quakers’ hospitality, Tom warns them that his slave catching companions are waiting for the Harrises at Sandusky, a...
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