A slave-trader, Haley is owed a debt by Mr. Shelby and is given, as payment, Uncle Tom and Harry. Harry and Eliza escape, thus angering Haley, and he dispatches Tom Loker and Marks to find the two runaway slaves. He is able to sell Uncle Tom to Augustine St. Clare. Haley professes that slavery, for him, is “just business,” and although he is not nearly so cruel as other masters in the novel, he believes that slaves should only be treated humanely enough to keep their prices high.
Haley Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by Haley or refer to Haley. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Books edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin published in 1981.).
Chapter 1 Quotes
Lor bless ye, yes! These critters an’t like white folks, you know; they gets over things, only manage right.
Chapter 12 Quotes
Haley Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The timeline below shows where the character Haley appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: A Man of Humanity
...Kentucky, Mr. Shelby, a gentleman and farmer, discusses repayment of a debt he owes to Haley, a rough and coarse slave-trader. Shelby offers to sell his most reliable slave, called Uncle... (full context)
...year old slave, Harry, enters the room, Shelby has the boy perform for his and Haley’s amusement. The boy’s mother Eliza, a beautiful mixed-race slave, soon comes to retrieve Harry. After... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Husband and Father
Chapter 4: An Evening in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Chapter 5: Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
Chapter 6: Discovery
...realize she and Harry have run off. Although Mrs. Shelby is relieved, Mr. Shelby fears Haley might think he has arranged for Eliza’s flight; he claims that this “touches [his] honor.”... (full context)
...Shelby doesn’t actually want them captured. Sam understands this subterfuge and slips a nut under Haley’s saddle, to aggravate the horse and disrupt the chase. Mrs. Shelby, emerging on the balcony,... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Mother’s Struggle
Chapter 8: Eliza’s Escape
Chapter 10: The Property is Carried Off
Chapter 12: Select Incident of Lawful Trade
...woman named Aunt Hagar worries that her fourteen-year-old son, Albert, will be sold without her. Haley offers to buy Albert for plantation work but not Hagar, since she is too old... (full context)
Chapter 14: Evangeline