Uncle Tom's Cabin Chapters 7-8: Summary and Analysis

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Chapters 7-8: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Mr. Symmes: a man who helps Eliza and Harry escape

Tom Loker: a slave catcher and acquaintance of Haley’s

Marks: a lawyer, Tom Loker’s partner

Summary
Eliza and Harry walk past the Shelby plantation’s boundaries as the mother thinks about the life she is leaving behind. Eliza plans to head toward the Ohio River and cross it from Kentucky into Ohio, a free state. She assures a frightened Harry that she will not let anyone harm him. They eventually stop at a tavern to rest. Nearby, the river is clogged by ice, and the water is turbulent. Eliza asks the tavernkeeper if a ferryboat will come to take them across. She receives an uncertain answer since...

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