Thomas is Lydia’s brother and Mr. Whitechapel’s son, who travels to the North for business. Upon his return, he tells his sister about the difference in social behavior there, where some blacks are free and can even be seen publicly with white women. Unlike his sister, Thomas is viciously intolerant, finds interracial relationships hateful, and does not understand her interest in life in the North. Unknowingly, he only furthers Lydia’s interest in running away to the North so that she and Chapel can be together.
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Chapter 10: Lydia
...they have overcome so far in their relationship. In the meantime, Lydia tries to interrogate Thomas discreetly about how slaves travel across the country. However, she soon annoys him with her... (full context)