Chapters 43-44: Summary and Analysis
Little Eliza: Eliza and George Harris’s daughter
Because of their related circumstances, Madame de Thoux and Cassy travel together to Canada to search for their family members. They track the Harris family to Montreal where for the past five years, Eliza and George have lived in freedom. Their son Harry has grown, and the daughter, Little Eliza, is their newest addition to the family. Through the help of a missionary, Madame de Thoux and Cassy are joyfully reunited with the Harrises.
Cassy’s character softens once she sees her daughter Eliza and granddaughter Little Eliza. Eliza converts her mother, convincing Cassy of Christianity’s moral power. Madame de Thoux offers to share her wealth with the family, and George requests an education. The whole group sails overseas to France, taking Emmeline with them. Emmeline in the meantime meets and falls in love with one of the ship’s crew; they ultimately marry. After four years in France, the Harrises return to Canada.
In a letter to a friend, George discusses his plans for the future. He states his sympathy for Africans who have been sold into slavery and determines to go to Africa, claiming that it is where he belongs. He and Eliza, along with the rest of the family, eventually journey there to become missionaries.
The reader also learns that Miss Ophelia took Topsy back to Vermont and freed her. Topsy received an education and was baptized; she then travels to Africa, like the Harrises, to become a missionary.
Meanwhile, Master George returns to Kentucky and tells the sad news about Tom to Mrs. Shelby and Aunt Chloe. Some months later, Master George gathers the servants together and tells them that he has drawn up papers to free them all. The ones who stay at the plantation receive wages for their labor, never having to worry any longer about the uncertainties of slavery if anything happens to Master George. Reminding them of Uncle Tom’s goodness, Master George tells his workers that he had promised on Tom’s grave that he would never own any more slaves, and that they should be thankful to Tom.
Chapters 43 and 44 summarize the converging stories of the book. After the horrific trials of abuse, uncertainty, and escape, the Harris family reunites in Canada to live fuller lives. The theme of Christianity and the family is important here. Even before Madame de Thoux and Cassy arrive, George and Eliza are contented with their life in freedom. Cassy is welcomed into the Christian fold through her family despite her earlier doubts about religion. With the entrance...
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