my fate. Sometimes I thought that the fiend followed me and
might expedite my remissness by murdering my companion.
When these thoughts possessed me, I would not quit Henry for
a moment, but followed him as his shadow, to protect him from
the fancied rage
Den he caint git no situation. What he gwyne to do?
Well, I dont know. Some of them gets on the police,
and some of them learns people how to talk French.
Why, Huck, doan de French people talk de same way
NO, Jim; you couldnt understand a word th
No, a cow dont, nuther.
Does a cat talk like a cow, or a cow talk like a cat?
No, dey dont.
Its natural and right for em to talk different from each
other, aint it?
And aint it natural and right for a cat and a cow to
talk different from US?
WE judged that three nights more would fetch us to
Cairo, at the bottom of Illinois, where the Ohio River
comes in, and that was what we was after. We would sell
the raft and get on a steamboat and go way up the Ohio
amongst the free States, a
my hands shook so I couldnt hardly do anything with
As soon as I got started I took out after the raft, hot and
heavy, right down the towhead. That was all right as far as
it went, but the towhead warnt sixty yards long, and the
minute I flew by the
whoop BEHIND me. I was tangled good now. That was
somebody elses whoop, or else I was turned around.
I throwed the paddle down. I heard the whoop again;
it was behind me yet, but in a different place; it kept
coming, and kept changing its place, and I kep
it might be five or six miles long and more than half a mile
I kept quiet, with my ears cocked, about fifteen
minutes, I reckon. I was floating along, of course, four or
five miles an hour; but you dont ever think of that. No,
you FEEL like you are
but when I got to it it warnt nothing but a couple of
sawlogs made fast together. Then I see another speck, and
chased that; then another, and this time I was right. It was
When I got to it Jim was setting there with his head
down between his kn
I had to claw away from the bank pretty lively four or
five times, to keep from knocking the islands out of the
river; and so I judged the raft must be butting into the
bank every now and then, or else it would get further
ahead and clear out of hearing i
Blame de point! I reckn I knows what I knows. En
mine you, de REAL pint is down furder its down
deeper. It lays in de way Sollermun was raised. You take a
man dats got ony one or two chillen; is dat man gwyne
to be waseful o chillen? No, he aint; he cant
WELL, den! Warn dat de beatenes notion in de
worl? You jes take en look at it a minute. Dahs de
stump, dah dats one er de women; heahs you dats
de yuther one; Is Sollermun; en dish yer dollar bills de
chile. Bofe un you claims it. What does I do? Does I s
BY and by, when we got up, we turned over the truck
the gang had stole off of the wreck, and found boots, and
blankets, and clothes, and all sorts of other things, and a lot
of books, and a spyglass, and three boxes of seegars. We
as the scene of my labours. It was a place fitted for such a
work, being hardly more than a rock whose high sides were
continually beaten upon by the waves. The soil was barren,
scarcely affording pasture for a few miserable cows, and oatmeal for its inha
He stirred up in a kind of a startlish way; but when he
see it was only me he took a good gap and stretch, and
then he says:
Hello, whats up? Dont cry, bub. Whats the trouble?
Pap, and mam, and sis, and
Then I broke down. He says:
Oh, dang it now
Theyre in an awful peck of trouble, and
Why, pap and mam and sis and Miss Hooker; and if
youd take your ferryboat and go up there
Up where? Where are they?
On the wreck.
Why, there aint but one.
What, you dont mean the Walter Scott?
around and went a-floating down, stern first, about two
mile, and saddle-baggsed on the wreck, and the ferryman
and the nigger woman and the horses was all lost, but Miss
Hooker she made a grab and got aboard the wreck. Well,
about an hour after dark we c
much style they put on, and called each other your
majesty, and your grace, and your lordship, and so on,
stead of mister; and Jims eyes bugged out, and he was
interested. He says:
I didn know dey was so many un um. I haint hearn
bout none un um, skasely,
By Jackson, Id LIKE to, and, blame it, I dont know
but I will; but who in the dingnations a-going to PAY
for it? Do you reckon your pap
Why THATS all right. Miss Hooker she tole me,
PARTICULAR, that her uncle Hornback
Great guns! is HE her uncle? Looky
he whacks their heads off. But mostly they hang round the
Roun de which?
Whats de harem?
The place where he keeps his wives. Dont you know
about the harem? Solomon had one; he had about a
Why, yes, dats so; I Id done forgot it
beats is the kind the widow and good people takes the
most interest in.
Well, before long here comes the wreck, dim and
dusky, sliding along down! A kind of cold shiver went
through me, and then I struck out for her. She was very
deep, and I see in a minu
Well, then, what makes you talk so wild?
How does I talk wild?
HOW? Why, haint you been talking about my
coming back, and all that stuff, as if Id been gone away?
Huck Huck Finn, you look me in de eye; look me
in de eye. HAINT you ben gone away?
good as los, kase he didn know whah he wuz? En didnt
I bust up agin a lot er dem islands en have a turrible time
en mos git drownded? Now ain dat so, boss aint it
so? You answer me dat.
Well, this is too many for me, Jim. I haint seen no
fog, nor no islan
They went off and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad and
low, because I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I
see it warnt no use for me to try to learn to do right; a
body that dont get STARTED right when hes little aint
got no show when the pinch com
I was a-listenin to all de talk, en I slips into de river en
was gwyne to shove for sho if dey come aboard. Den I
was gwyne to swim to de raf agin when dey was gone.
But lawsy, how you did fool em, Huck! Dat WUZ de
smartes dodge! I tell you, chile, Ispec
If you want to know, go and find out. If you stay here
botherin around me for about a half a minute longer
youll get something you wont want.
I paddled to the raft. Jim was awful disappointed, but I
said never mind, Cairo would be the next place, I
We talked it all over. It wouldnt do to take to the
shore; we couldnt take the raft up the stream, of course.
There warnt no way but to wait for dark, and start back
in the canoe and take the chances. So we slept all day
amongst the cottonwood thicket, so
furnace doors shining like red-hot teeth, and her
monstrous bows and guards hanging right over us. There
was a yell at us, and a jingling of bells to stop the engines,
a powwow of cussing, and whistling of steam and as
Jim went overboard on one side and I
us, will believe it now if they read on and see what more
it done for us.
The place to buy canoes is off of rafts laying up at
shore. But we didnt see no rafts laying up; so we went
along during three hours and more. Well, the night got
gray and ruther th
IN about a minute somebody spoke out of a window
without putting his head out, and says:
Be done, boys! Whos there?
George Jackson, sir.
What do you want?
I dont want nothing, sir. I only want to go along by,
that I was in a crossing; so I changed off and went that
It was one of these long, slanting, two-mile cross- ings;
so I was a good long time in getting over. I made a safe
landing, and clumb up the bank. I couldnt see but a little
ways, but I went po