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Uncle Tom's Cabin: Novel Summary: Chapters 43-45

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Chapter 43: Traveling together, Cassy and Madame de Thoux went on to Canada to find their relations.  Outside of Montreal the Harris family lived. They had a daughter also named Eliza and the family was happy.  When a friend brought the long lost mother and sister to them, they were extremely happy.  Madame De Thoux had married a rich man, and when he died, she was given her freedom and his money.  She offered to share her wealth with George, and he told her all he wanted was an education.  The whole family, including Emmeline, moved to France for four years, while George got the education that he desired.  Cassy at this time became with her daughters help, a devout Christian.  When the family returned to Canada, they decided to make their home in the new country of Liberia in Africa because it was there that George thought that he could make a difference for his people.  Miss Ophelia brought Topsy back to New England and raised her to be an intelligent talented young woman. 
Chapter 44: Young George Shelby wrote that he would be coming home, but did not tell his mother in the letter what had happened to Tom.  Aunt Chloe came home from her successful job at the confectioners ready to see her husband who had left her five years earlier.  When George came home alone however, Chloe's heart was broken, and Mrs. Shelby's only condolence was to trust in the Lord.  Soon after that, George had a meeting with all of the slaves in which he handed them all free papers.  Many of them did not want to leave, and he told them they did not have to.  He hired them and gave them wages for their services, but freed them so that if anything ever happened to him, they would not be sold as Uncle Tom was.  Uncle Tom's Cabin became a symbol for their freedom, and the man who sacrificed for them all. 
Chapter 45: The author in the last chapter tells that her story was based on real stories of different slaves and peoples.  She makes pleas out to the people and Christians of the North to change their ways and views of slavery.  Most of all, she places the blame of slavery on everyone, and not just the south.  She ends the book with verses from the bible that were meant to inspire people to act out against the evils of the institution of slavery. 




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