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Uncle Tom's Cabin: Novel Summary: Chapters 31-33

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Chapter 31: The slave owner was Simon Legree, and he was a mean brutish man.  While on the boat that would take them upriver to his plantation, Legree went through Tom's trunk full of clothing, and gave him the shabbiest set of clothes he could find.  He then sold the rest of Tom's things and told him that he did not like religious slaves.  Tom hid his bible and that was the only way he was able to keep it.  In the corner of the boat, Emmeline was tied to another mulatto woman slave and woman told her about having to leave her husband and children.
Chapter 32: The slaves had to walk the rest of the way to the shabby plantation, and when they arrived, they were shown their decrepit quarters.  When the slaves of the plantation came in from the cotton fields, they had to go to the mill and grind their own corn to make their dinners.  The only overseers that Legree kept were two black slaves named Sambo and Quimbo, and both were as ruthless as their master was.  The mulatto woman was giving to Sambo as a wife, but she rebelled to this idea because she already had a family at home.  Emmeline was taken into the plantation house. 
Chapter 33: While out picking cotton one day, Tom noticed a new woman who appeared to be well bred.  The other slaves disdained her, and she ignored their taunts.  She was very good at picking cotton, and when Tom saw the mulatto woman he had come with falter, he gave her some cotton from his bag.  To replenish the cotton in Tom's bag, Cassy gave him some of hers.  At the end of the day, they went to have their cotton weighed, and all of them came out with enough, but Legree after hearing what was going on, pretended that the mulatto woman was short.  Wanting Tom to eventually become an overseer, he ordered him to flog the woman.  Tom said no, and when threatened, continued to refuse to beat the woman.  Legree turned him over to his overseers for an extremely severe beating. 




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