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Legree can no longer break Tom's spirit because his heart is in the hand of God. Legree no longer had any power over Tom because Tom was protected by a higher power, a power Legree could not fight against.
"But the blows fell now only on the outer man, and not, as before, on the heart. Tom stood perfectly submissive; and yet Legree could not hide from himself that his power over his bond thrall was somehow gone."
Uncle Tom's Cabin