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Alfred St. Clare in Uncle Tom's Cabin

By Harriet Beecher Stowe

Alfred St. Clare

Alfred St. Clare, Augustine’s twin brother, is his complete opposite – fully believing in a hierarchical, aristocratic society and in the right of the slave owner to control his slaves completely using as much brute force as necessary. Alfred argues that aristocratic societies are no different than societies with slavery. We see little of him but understand that he’s a relatively "good" slaveholder in comparison to many, although he does allow abuses – such as his son, Henrique’s, mistreatment of his slave, Dodo. Nevertheless, Alfred upholds the institution as part of the natural order of the world, no different than serfdoms and fiefdoms in Europe. Stowe intends for this to grate on her democratically minded American readers, and it does so to this day.