In chapter 1 of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin what is ironic about the following passage from this chapter? “I am sorry to part with Tom, I must say. You ought to let him cover the whole balance of the debt; and you would, Haley, if you had any conscience.”
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Shelby is loathe to part with Tom, who has been his loyal servant since boyhood. Shelby wants the sale of Tom to cover his whole debt. This whole situation is ironic because Shelby is selling the man he has grown up with since boyhood and claims he is special to him.