Mr. Shelby’s wife, Mrs. Shelby is extremely kind to her slaves, and she comes to believe that slavery is a grave sin after she learns that Tom and Harry are to be sold. She had earlier said, to Eliza, that it would be inconceivable for Mr. Shelby to sell Uncle Tom, Eliza, or any of the other slaves on the estate. Mrs. Shelby helps Eliza escape to freedom by hinting that Sam should delay Haley as he begins his search.
Mrs. Shelby Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Shelby or refer to Mrs. Shelby. 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 5 Quotes
This is God’s curse on slavery!—a bitter, bitter, most accursed thing!—a curse to the master and a curse to the slave! I was a fool to think I could make anything good out of such a deadly evil.
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Mrs. Shelby Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Shelby 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
Chapter 2: The Mother
Chapter 5: Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
Chapter 6: Discovery
...morning, they see her empty room and 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... (full context)
...horses to aid in the search for Eliza and Harry. Andy also informs Sam that Mrs. Shelby doesn’t actually want them captured. Sam understands this subterfuge and slips a nut under Haley’s... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Mother’s Struggle
...Shelby estate, Aunt Chloe prepares a meal for Haley and others with great care, following Mrs. Shelby’s implied desire to slow down the search party. When Aunt Chloe and her children speak... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Property is Carried Off
Chapter 21: Kentuck
Chapter 41: The Young Master
Chapter 44: The Liberator