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"Topsy, you poor child," she said, as she led her into her room, "don't give up! I can love you, though I am not like that dear little child. I hope I've learnt something of the love of Christ from her. I can love you; I do, and I'll try to help you to grow up a good Christian girl."

Miss Ophelia's voice was more than her words, and more than that were the honest tears that fell down her face. From that hour, she acquired an influence over the mind of the destitute child that she never lost. (27.24-25)

Miss Ophelia resolves to love Topsy and commits verbally to doing so. Miss Ophelia’s change of heart works a change in Topsy’s heart, in turn. Here we see the transformative power of love, part of Stowe’s Christian belief and the basis for much of her conviction that society could be changed for the better.

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