A young slave child from abusive circumstances, Topsy is purchased by St. Clare and given to Ophelia in order that she might raise her and teach her Christian values. Initially Topsy misbehaves, but after befriending Eva and learning to love her, and to be loved, Topsy accepts Christian teachings and moves north with Miss Ophelia, who purchases Topsy and frees her, treating her as a daughter.
Topsy Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by Topsy or refer to Topsy. 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.
Laws, now, is it?
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Topsy Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The timeline below shows where the character Topsy appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20: Topsy
Chapter 22: “The Grass Withereth—The Flowers Fadeth”
Chapter 25: The Little Evangelist
...Eva, Tom, and Miss Ophelia return from a Methodist prayer service and Ophelia finds that Topsy has destroyed her cloth with a scissors. Ophelia, exasperated, wishes to whip her. St. Clare... (full context)
Chapter 26: Death
Despite having appeared to improve in recent weeks, Eva enters another downturn. Marie thinks that Topsy has stolen flowers from the house, but really Topsy only wishes to give them Eva... (full context)
Chapter 27: “This Is the Last of the Earth”
...in mourning, and Adolph and Rosa have shrouded Eva’s room in white, where she lies. Topsy comes to pay her respects, and Miss Ophelia, moved by Topsy’s apparent change (inspired by... (full context)
Chapter 28: Reunion
Chapter 43: Results