Chapter nine starts off with a senator and his wife in Ohio discussing the new fugitive slave law that he just helped to vote in. Mrs. Bird (the senator's wife) does not like the law at all and is asking her husband whether or not he could actually turn them in. She says that she doesn't know much about politics, "but I can read my Bible; and there I see that I must feed the hungry,clothe the naked, and comfort the desolate; and that Bible I mean to follow." How right she is! Yes we are "to obey the laws of the land" according to the Bible, but only as long as they do not go against the Bible. She also says: "Obeying God never brings on public evils. I know it can't. It's always safest, all around, to do as He bids us."
In the middle of this discussion who shows up but Eliza! Of course they help her, who could turn away a mother trying to protect her child?
Chapter is about when Harley (the slave driver) comes back for Uncle Tom. It is a very sad scene in the cabin as they eat their last breakfast together. His wife and children are crying. Even though Haley has been assured that Tom would not run away he puts leg shackles and handcuffs on him. Master George, the 13 yr old son, is very upset about Tom leaving also. George tries to convinve Tom to run away, but he won't do it, because it wouldn't be right.