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Chapter 18-33Uncle Toms Cabin Chapter 18 Miss Ophelia took over management of the house and spent the first few days looking at and rearranging all of the various regions to make them more efficient In the kitchen however the slave Dinnah reigned supreme and Miss Ophelia had a hard time getting the old servant to change her unsystematic ways One day while in the kitchen an old slave who brought the bread Prue came in and the servants in the St Clare household began to make fun of her for her drinking Tom was in the kitchen at the time and when the woman left he went to help her carry her basket She told him her sad story about losing all of her children either by death or to traders and Uncle Tom told her the story of Jesus After making her rounds one afternoon Ophelia went to St Clare and told him her opinions and he said that he expected the servants to be dishonest because of the way they were raised He also said that servants as honest and as pious as Tom were rare As time went on St Clare gave Tom the charge over his money and business matters because the slave was so honest and good Chapter 19 The next week when Prue was supposed to come with her basket another servant showed up instead The slave gossiped that her master had killed Prue and the St Clares began talking about it around the dinner table Eva heard of the horror and began crying which upset her father Later Ophelia and Augustine had a conversation about the institution of slavery Augustine told Ophelia his history and the values instilled in him by his mother Because he was a man with womanly sentiments he never made a good planter His brother Alfred was the aristocrat of the two boys and though after their father died the St Clare boys
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