Teacher; So it was about money. We agree on that. Now, which characters you like or dislike in the book?
Nina: I think, the book has several very deep characters, the ones that evolve and many rather shallow ones, created there just to prove the point. Such characters like Uncle Tom, Augustine St. Clare, his cousin Ophelia, George and Elisa, Cassy, Evangeline and Simon Legree are more "lively' than Shelby, Marie, slave- traders and many others.
Teacher: That's interesting. Why a little girl is a deep character?
Natasha; I think I know. Evangeline is perfectly natural. Girls her age are very much like that when they are brought up by loving fathers. I know such families. In fact, the father's influence is very important. Eva really loves Tom and others- she does not make a difference between the races and also influences others that way.
Kolya. Yes, and Shelby is just a good man, Marks is just a villain like on the illustrations. Legree though is a sort of an antagonist to Tom.
Teacher: So Tom is a protagonist, a driving character. Why?
Nina: He is consistent. He evolves, acquires knowledge but does not change as a personality. Whatever Tom does he does naturally -- he is intrinsically and perfectly honest whether he saves Eva or refuses to flog a woman Lucy. He has internal dignity.