Uncle Tom manages the Shelby plantation. Strong, intelligent, capable, good, and kind, he is the
most heroic figure in the novel that bears his name. The list of Tom's virtues is endless. He is a good father
to his own children, especially the baby, Polly, and
also nurtures the children of his masters, George Shelby and Eva St.Clare. From Stowe's description of his
voice, "tender as a woman's," and his "gentle, domestic heart," you might almost suspect that he is a woman
disguised as a muscular black man.
Tom's most important characteristic, from Stowe's point of view, is his Christian faith. The Bible-
which George Shelby has taught him to read- is alive for him, and he makes it live for the people around
him. He preaches at the service in his native Kentucky. And he makes the people he encounters, black and
white- Prue, Augustine St. Clare, Cassy- feel and believe in the love of Jesus. Tom do...