A very old and feeble slave woman, Lucy is helped by Uncle Tom on Legree’s plantation—he puts additional cotton in her bag, so that she “makes weight” and is not beaten. When Legree demands that she be beaten anyway, Tom refuses, saying he cannot hurt a fellow human being. Lucy also happens, coincidentally, to be the name of the slave woman on La Belle Riviere, whose child is purchased by Legree. This Lucy later kills herself out of despair by throwing herself overboard.
Lucy, or “Luce” Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by Lucy, or “Luce” or refer to Lucy, or “Luce”. 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 12: Select Incident of Lawful Trade Quotes
I know this yer comes kinder hard, at first, Lucy . . . but such a smart, sensible gal as you are, won’t give way to it. You see it’s necessary, and can’t be helped!
Lucy, or “Luce” Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The timeline below shows where the character Lucy, or “Luce” appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12: Select Incident of Lawful Trade
Chapter 33: Cassy
Chapter 36: Emmeline and Cassy