How is your reading coming?
Mine? Compared to my fellow bloggers? I’m behind. Way behind.
I just finished chapter XVIII . This is the chapter where Ophelia takes Dinah to task and we meet Prue. We could go on and on discussing Prue (or as I think of her “the woman of sorrow”), but my thoughts are more mundane. This is the spot where I noticed Volume II starts with chapter XIX. I guess reading on the kindle I hadn’t “flipped” through the novel like I normally would at the start of book.
So, Uncle Tom’s Cabin is divided into two volumes. Interesting.
Is anyone else’s copy divided into two volumes?
Does anyone know if this was HBS’s original intent or if some publisher added the divisions later?
And if the volume placement is deliberate on HBS’s part, I’m not sure what she’s trying to say with the division. I found the end of part one sad and depressing. Tom tries to share Jesus’ love with Prue, but she rejects it completely. When telling her about the hope of heaven, Prue says, “I’d rather go to torment, and get away from Mas’r and Missis.”
If the book was broken into two volumes by Stowe, I have to believe it was an intentional decision.
So what was she trying to say?