Maid to Mrs. Shelby, Eliza learns that her son Harry is to be sold along with Tom and escapes in the night with her son. Her husband, George, has also recently escaped his cruel master—the three reunite in Ohio en route to Canada, which they eventually reach in disguise. They start a new life in Montreal and move from there to Africa.
Eliza Harris Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by Eliza Harris or refer to Eliza Harris. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Books edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin published in 1981.).
Chapter 3: The Husband and Father Quotes
I an’t a Christian like you, Eliza; my heart’s full of bitterness; I can’t trust in God. Why does he let things be so?
Eliza Harris Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The timeline below shows where the character Eliza Harris appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: A Man of Humanity
...the room, Shelby has the boy perform for his and Haley’s amusement. The boy’s mother Eliza, a beautiful mixed-race slave, soon comes to retrieve Harry. After the boy and mother have... (full context)
...to slaves, and their business suffers. Haley nevertheless insists he might buy Harry without upsetting Eliza too much, if she is kept away from the scene of separation. Shelby asks for... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Mother
Chapter 3: The Husband and Father
Chapter 5: Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
...earlier, and Mr. Shelby admits it was a slave-trader. Mrs. Shelby reports her conversation with Eliza, and that she had told Eliza that Shelby would not sell any slaves. Realizing he... (full context)
Chapter 6: Discovery
Chapter 7: The Mother’s Struggle
...Ohio River. Along the highway they walk normally, with Harry eating apples and cakes from Eliza’s bag, in order not to arouse suspicion. Eliza claims she cannot eat until they have... (full context)
Chapter 8: Eliza’s Escape
...proposes that he and Loker will catch the two, return Harry to Haley, and sell Eliza into enslaved prostitution in New Orleans, since she is fair-skinned and attractive. Haley agrees in... (full context)
Chapter 9: In Which It Appears That a Senator is but a Man
...Sure enough, just then, Cudjoe, a black servant, informs Mrs. Bird that the two runaways, Eliza and Harry, have arrived. Mrs. Bird promises them shelter and food, and the Senator, despite... (full context)
Chapter 11: In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
Chapter 13: The Quaker Settlement
Simeon enters, announcing to his wife and friends they will leave tonight with Eliza and Harry. He also reports that an escaped slave named Harris—George—has entered the settlement, and... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Free Man’s Defense
Chapter 37: Liberty
Chapter 42: An Authentic Ghost Story
...Kentucky, that she is George Harris’ long-lost sister. Shelby, Jr. tells her that George Harris, Eliza, and their son have fled to Canada, and de Thoux rejoices. De Thoux reports that... (full context)
Chapter 43: Results
Chapter 45: Concluding Remarks