A stern and religious woman from Vermont, Miss Ophelia is St. Clare's cousin. She moves to New Orleans to live in the St. Clare household and look after Eva, because Marie is often sick. Miss Ophelia believes that slavery is wrong but initially has trouble interacting with, or even touching, black people. She learns through Eva to become a better, more loving mentor to Topsy.
Miss Ophelia Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Ophelia or refer to Miss Ophelia. 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 20: Topsy Quotes
But, of course, I didn’t want you to confess things you didn’t do . . . that’s telling a lie, just as much as the other.
Miss Ophelia Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Ophelia appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15: Of Tom’s New Master, and Various Other Matters
...stops in New Orleans, and the three enter St. Clare’s large, opulent estate, which Miss Ophelia finds impressive but “heathenish.” St. Clare’s domestic slaves are introduced. Mr. Adolph, a boisterous footman,... (full context)
Chapter 16: Tom’s Mistress and Her Opinions
Chapter 18: Miss Ophelia’s Experiences and Opinions
...his body and soul poorly. St. Clare promises not to drink so much again. Miss Ophelia assumes management of the household and reorganizes the storage and arrangement of materials throughout the... (full context)
Chapter 19: Miss Ophelia’s Experience and Opinions (Continued)
Chapter 20: Topsy
...purchases an eight- or nine-year-old slave with very dark skin named Topsy, so that Miss Ophelia might teach her manners. Miss Ophelia is upset, feeling that there are too many slaves... (full context)
Chapter 22: “The Grass Withereth—The Flowers Fadeth”
...has seen angels and expects to be in heaven soon. Uncle Tom remembers that Miss Ophelia has spoken more frequently of Eva’s cough, seemingly signaling an illness. Beecher Stowe hints that... (full context)
Chapter 24: Foreshadowings
After their holiday on Lake Ponchartrain, Eva grows sicker. Marie initially does not believe Miss Ophelia’s reports that Eva is unwell, thinking that only she, Marie, can be sick in the... (full context)
Chapter 25: The Little Evangelist
Chapter 26: Death
Chapter 27: “This Is the Last of the Earth”
Chapter 28: Reunion
Chapter 29: The Unprotected
Chapter 43: Results