Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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George Shelby, Jr. Character Analysis

Son of Mr. Shelby and Mrs. Shelby and devoted friend to Tom and the other slaves, George Shelby promises to bring Tom back to the Kentucky estate and writes to Tom in his absence. When George learns that Tom lives on Legree’s plantation, he goes there to visit, only to find that Tom is on the verge of death. At Tom’s deathbed he promises to work tirelessly to free those slaves his family owns. At the end of the novel he dedicates Uncle Tom’s cabin to the memory of his beloved friend.

George Shelby, Jr. Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by George Shelby, Jr. or refer to George Shelby, Jr.. 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:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Books edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin published in 1981.
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George Shelby, Jr. Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin

The timeline below shows where the character George Shelby, Jr. appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: An Evening in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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...slave with a noble air. He practices his writing diligently and is tutored by “ Mas’r George ,” the thirteen-year-old son of George Shelby. As Tom perseveres at his lessons, Aunt Chloe... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Property is Carried Off
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...he has already lost 500 dollars at the Shelby estate. Tom gives his love to Master George , who is away at a friend’s and who has yet to learn of Tom’s... (full context)
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...plantations, Haley replies that he will try to get Tom a household position. Meanwhile, outside, Master George arrives and offers Tom a dollar, which Tom denies graciously, saying it is of no... (full context)
Chapter 21: Kentuck
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Mrs. Shelby likes the idea and plans to run it by Mr. Shelby. Young George arrives, pleased to have news from Tom, and eats a final meal with Aunt Chloe... (full context)
Chapter 22: “The Grass Withereth—The Flowers Fadeth”
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...and in the good treatment he receives at the hands of his master. Tom receives George Jr.’s letter and is cheered by its contents. Eva and Tom grow closer, and the two... (full context)
Chapter 41: The Young Master
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George Shelby, Jr ., arrives at the Legree plantation. His father has recently passed away, Mrs. Shelby is... (full context)
Chapter 42: An Authentic Ghost Story
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Cassy and Emmeline get onto a steamship heading upriver, and while on it run into George Shelby, Jr .. Madame de Thoux, a French lady, and her twelve-year-old daughter also meet Shelby, Jr.... (full context)
Chapter 44: The Liberator
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Shelby, Jr . returns home. Although Mrs. Shelby fears that something has happened to Tom, Aunt Chloe... (full context)
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Shelby, Jr . gives a small speech telling all of them to remember Uncle Tom and to... (full context)