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WORK? Why, certnly it would work, like rats afighting. But its too blame simple; there aint nothing
TO it. Whats the good of a plan that aint no more
trouble than that? Its as mild as goose-milk. Why, Huck,
it wouldnt make no more talk than break- ing int
people; so I reckon theyve drove the owdacious loaf- ers
out of town before this time.
So there it was! but I couldnt help it. Tom and me
was to sleep in the same room and bed; so, being tired, we
bid good-night and went up to bed right after supper, and
WE stopped talking, and got to thinking. By and by
Looky here, Huck, what fools we are to not think of it
before! I bet I know where Jim is.
In that hut down by the ash-hopper. Why, looky here.
When we was at dinner, di
monstrous big soldier-plumes. Well, it made me sick to
see it; and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it
seemed like I couldnt ever feel any hardness against them
any more in the world. It was a dreadful thing to see.
Human beings CAN be awful cru
Id be willing to stand a thousand such jokes to have you
here. Well, to think of that per- formance! I dont deny it,
I was most putrified with astonishment when you give me
We had dinner out in that broad open passage betwixt the house and the
Tom, didnt YOU think Aunt Sally d open out her
arms and say, Sid Sawyer
My land! she says, breaking in and jumping for him,
you impudent young rascal, to fool a body so and was
going to hug him, but he fended her off, and says:
No, not till youve asked m
He got up and looked distressed, and fumbled his hat,
Im sorry, and I warnt expecting it. They told me to.
They all told me to. They all said, kiss her; and said shed
like it. They all said it every one of them. But Im
sorry, mam, and I wont do
Everybody made a rush for the front door, because, of
course, a stranger dont come EVERY year, and so he lays
over the yaller-fever, for interest, when he does come.
Tom was over the stile and starting for the house; the
wagon was spinning up the road for
Oh, I CANT make you so much trouble; I couldnt
think of it. Ill walk I dont mind the distance.
But we wont LET you walk it wouldnt be Southern hospitality to do it. Come right in.
Oh, DO, says Aunt Sally; it aint a bit of trouble to
us, not a bit in the w
No. I warnt ever murdered at all I played it on
them. You come in here and feel of me if you dont
So he done it; and it satisfied him; and he was that glad
to see me again he didnt know what to do. And he
wanted to know all about it right off,
He looked kind of hurt, and says:
Im surprised at you, mam.
Youre srp Why, what do you reckon I am? Ive a
good notion to take and Say, what do you mean by
He looked kind of humble, and says:
I didnt mean nothing, mam. I didnt mean no harm.
length of a trip. The old gentleman was at the door, and
Why, this is wonderful! Whoever would a thought it
was in that mare to do it? I wish wed a timed her. And
she haint sweated a hair not a hair. Its wonderful.
Why, I wouldnt take a hundred d
and it aint likely theres two prisoners on such a little
plantation, and where the peoples all so kind and good.
Jims the prisoner. All right Im glad we found it out
detective fashion; I wouldnt give shucks for any other
way. Now you work your mind, and s
home that had characters; and he was bright and not
leather-headed; and knowing and not ignorant; and not
mean, but kind; and yet here he was, without any more
pride, or rightness, or feel- ing, than to stoop to this
business, and make himself a shame, an
examine it. We went through the yard so as to see what
the hounds would do. They knowed us, and didnt make
no more noise than country dogs is always doing when
anything comes by in the night. When we got to the
cabin we took a look at the front and the tw
Well, all right, Tom, fix it your own way; but if youll
take my advice, youll let me borrow a sheet off of the
He said that would do. And that gave him another
idea, and he says:
Borrow a shirt, too.
What do we want of a shirt, Tom?
Want it f
Many makes it out of iron-rust and tears; but thats the
common sort and women; the best authori- ties uses their
own blood. Jim can do that; and when he wants to send
any little common ordinary mysterious message to let the
world know where hes captivated
DO with it? He can hide it in his bed, cant he?
Thats what they all do; and HES got to, too. Huck, you
dont ever seem to want to do anything thats regular; you
want to be starting something fresh all the time. Spose he
DONT do nothing with it? aint it the
about six foot wide. The door to it was at the south end,
and was padlocked. Tom he went to the soap-kettle and
searched around, and fetched back the iron thing they lift
the lid with; so he took it and prized out one of the
staples. The chain fell down,
No, it wouldnt do there aint necessity enough for
For what? I says.
Why, to saw Jims leg off, he says.
Good land! I says; why, there aint NO neces- sity for
it. And what would you want to saw his leg off for,
Well, some of the best authorities
on his leg. Why, drat it, Huck, its the stupidest
arrangement I ever see. You got to invent ALL the
difficulties. Well, we cant help it; we got to do the best
we can with the materials weve got. Anyhow, theres one
thing theres more honor in getting him ou
SOT, stays sot; dey wont look into nothnen fine it out
fr deyselves, en when YOU fine it out en tell um bout it,
dey doan blieve you.
Tom give him a dime, and said we wouldnt tell nobody; and told him to buy some more thread to tie up his
wool with; and t
IT would be most an hour yet till breakfast, so we left
and struck down into the woods; because Tom said we
got to have SOME light to see how to dig by, and a
lantern makes too much, and might get us into trouble;
what we must have was a lot
prisoner loose in such an old- maidy way as that? No; the
way all the best authori- ties does is to saw the bed-leg in
two, and leave it just so, and swallow the sawdust, so it
cant be found, and put some dirt and grease around the
sawed place so the very
me, perfectly cam, and says, Did YOU hear anybody sing
Of course there warnt nothing to be said but the one
thing; so I says:
No; I aint heard nobody say nothing.
Then he turns to Jim, and looks him over like he never
see him before, and says:
In the morning we was up at break of day, and down
to the nigger cabins to pet the dogs and make friends with
the nigger that fed Jim if it WAS Jim that was being
fed. The niggers was just getting through break- fast and
starting for the fields; and Jims
You going, right here in the daybreak? THAT warnt
No, it warnt; but its the plan NOW.
So, drat him, we went along, but I didnt like it much.
When we got in we couldnt hardly see any- thing, it was
so dark; but Jim was there, sure enough, and cou
SO I started for town in the wagon, and when I was
half-way I see a wagon coming, and sure enough it was
Tom Sawyer, and I stopped and waited till he come along.
I says Hold on! and it stopped alongside, and his mouth
opened up like a trun
What ! Why, Jim is
He stopped and went to studying. I says:
I know what youll say. Youll say its dirty, lowdown business; but what if it is? Im low down; and Im agoing to steal him, and I want you keep mum and not let
on. Will you?
His eye lit
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