In the morning, Mrs. Shelby wonders where Eliza is. She is normally prompt, appearing on time to help her mistress get ready for the day.
Mr. Shelby sends his personal slave, Andy, to find out where Eliza is.
Aunt Chloe, who could tell them, doesn’t say a word.
Finally, they find out that Eliza has run away with her child. Mrs. Shelby is visibly glad to hear the news.
Mr. Shelby informs Mr. Haley that Eliza has run away. When Mr. Haley suggests that Mr. Shelby might have had a hand in letting Eliza get away, Mr. Shelby replies stiffly that it is a matter of honor for him to complete his business with Mr. Haley as promised.
Mr. Shelby sends a slave named Black Sam to get horses ready so that Mr. Haley can go look for his property, Eliza.
Andy lets Sam know that "Missus" doesn’t want him to hurry. So Sam deliberately takes his time and even puts a burr under Haley’s horse’s saddle, so that the horse runs away.
It takes a while to catch the horse and, by the time all is ready again, it’s time for lunch.
Sam has successfully delayed Mr. Haley from setting out in pursuit of Eliza, giving her more time to run.