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The Motherís Struggle

IT is impossible to conceive of a human creature more wholly desolate and
forlorn than Eliza, when she turned her footsteps from Uncle Tomís cabin.

Her husbandís suffering and dangers, and the danger of her child, all blended
in her mind, with a confused and stunning sense of the risk she was running, in
leaving the only home she had ever known, and cutting loose from the protection
of a friend whom she loved and revered. Then there was the parting from every fa-
miliar object,- the place where she had grown up, the trees under which she had
played, the groves where she had walked many an evening in happier days, by the
side of her young husband,- everything, as it lay in the clear, frosty starlight,
seemed to speak reproachfully to her, and ask her whither could she go from a
home like that?

But stronger than all was maternal love, wrought into a paroxysm of frenzy
by the near approach of a fearful danger. Her boy was old enough to have walked
by her side, and, in an indifferent case, she would only have led him by the hand;
but now the bare thought of putting him out of her arms made her shudder, and
she strained him to her bosom with a convulsive grasp, as she went rapidly for-
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