Well, this woman deserves our attention for sure. She is intelligent, loyal, but also she leads herself as a queen sometimes. In the text, she is St. Clare's northern cousin. She is here to help him run the plantation affairs and a lot of other things. St. Clare buys Ophelia a slave so she can have a “missionary project” of her own. At first, Ophelia dislikes Topsy – one of the slaves, but her feelings of racial superiority are eventually broken by the friendship she forms with the needy and naughty little girl.
Miss Ophelia in the Essays