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Uncle Tom's Cabin: Novel Summary: Chapters 22-24

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Chapter 22: After receiving Uncle Tom's letter the young Master George wrote him back telling him of the events taking place with his family in Kentucky.  He told of Aunt Chloe working for the confectioner, which she was doing well at, and of Tom's children.  Tom read the letter repeatedly, and one day talked to Eva about framing it.  Two years passed and as Eva grew so did her friendship with Tom.  It was then that everyone began to notice the signs of sickness in the child.  She began growing thinner with more transparent skin.  She would talk about going to heaven a lot, and even developed a slight cough.  St. Clare refused to admit anything was wrong with his young angel, but he was very careful with her.  One day while visiting her mother, Eva began talking about teaching all of the slaves to read so they could read the bible on their own.  Her mother thought it was a silly idea, but in her spare time, she began teaching Marie's servant Mammy, to read. 
Chapter 23: The St. Clare family spent their summer at a cottage on the lake, and while their St. Clare's brother Alfred and his son, Henrique, came to visit.  One afternoon Henrique and Eva decided to go on a ride and when Henrique's servant, Dodo, brought his horse, Henrique beat him for the horse being dirty.  Eva became very angry saying it was not right for him to do, and the hot-tempered boy apologized.  Eva made him promise to be kinder to him, and tried to get him to love the boy.  While the children were riding, the twin brothers began to discuss their different views that were as different as their looks.  The children returned Augustine pulled Eva from her horse telling her not to ride so hard, and she agreed because though it felt good, the exercise tired her greatly. 
Chapter 24: After Alfred and his son left, Eva became very ill.  Finally giving in, St. Clare sent for a doctor and after a few weeks, Eva began feeling better.  Before when everyone thought that Eva was ill, her mother had ignored them, saying that no one cared when SHE did not feel well. When Eva fell truly sick, the only thing Marie could think of was how much it would hurt her to have her daughter die.  She accused her husband of having no feelings for the child, which was entirely untrue, and when Eva did get better, she went to her father for a favor.  She asked him to free all of their slaves so that if something happened to him, they would not go to bad masters.  She also asked that after she died, that Uncle Tom would be freed to go back to his family.  Her father, inspired again by her passionate pleas, agreed.


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