“Here’s de way to do: you come down in de woods on de bank, and you look for a box elder tree dat’s leaned out over de water somewheres, ’bout half a mile from de ferry, and you go to the tree and shove de plug in under de bark, and then shove some straw or anything as ‘ll keep it jammed in tight, and hang de lantern on de tree. When you come to de ferry, you send the plank back to the boys to put on the truck.”

“I’se a free man, en you can’t take me back.”

“I don’t like de way he made Jim wait so long. And besides, if we had left sooner, we might have got our traps before dark, and so been able to catch some fish for supper.”

“Laws, how de wind did howl! And the waves did beat, and the lightning did flash!”

“Why, mos’ anybody would a turned him off, in de night-time, I reck’n; but him? no he stalks right in, jus’ like he owned de place, en takes his seat, en don’t say nothin’, en don’t do nothin’, but jes’ keep his eyes on de ground, en look ez ef he mought a been thinkin’ ’bout heaven.”

“Yes, en I reck’n dey’d have come, too, if dey’d a been a way.”

“All right, then, I’ll go to hell.”

“En I warn’t lookin’ for no trouble, en didn’t want to walk into no traps.”

“Well, I don’t know as I’m any better than my condition, so I guess I’ll just take what’s left, and be thankful for it.”

“Well, I did. I said I wouldn’t, and I’ll stick to it. Honest injun, I will. People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum–but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t a-going to tell, and I ain’t a-going back there anyways. So, now, le’s know all about it.”

“I doan’ know, but w’atever it was it must a been a lie, ’cause here’s de boss en Miss Sophia’s come to see.”

“Say, who is you? Whar is you? Dog my cats ef I didn’ hear sumf’n. Well, I know what I’s gwyne to do: I’s gwyne to set down here and listen tell I hears it agin.” SPECIAL DAY QUOTES IN HINDI

“I ain’t going to tell all that happened–it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wish I hadn’t ever come ashore that night to see such things. I ain’t the man to stand it–you hear? I ain’t the man to stand it. Oh, Lordy, I wish I hadn’t ever come ashore that night!”

“Well, I know it’s what I’d do–I ain’t no prince, you know–but I’d rough it. Wouldn’t I, Tom?”

“I’ll take de canoe en go see, Jim. It mightn’t be, you know.”

“Well, I b’lieve you, Huck. I b’lieve you’re honest, and I’ll tell you what. Let me smuggle you down to-night, and you can hide in there when she’s all gone to bed, and I’ll put some food under de door, and leave my old ragged jacket hanging up dere, and you can sleep on it, and you won’t be bothered no more.”

“Well, dey’s some use in a sign like dat, ‘kase it’s so fur ahead. You see, it’s a-gwyne to take ’bout a whole week to raft it down to Orleans, en I reckon we’ll get her done about a day or two quicker than that if we can borrow a dog.”

“I’s a thinkin’ ’bout my soul; en den such a powerful lot o’ other folks’s souls dat’s doin’ mighty little or no good en needin’ washin’ more’n they do.”

“Yes–en I’s rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars. I wisht dey was all mine.”

“It’s too good for true, honey, it’s too good for true. Lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o’ you. No, you ain’t dead! You’s back again, ‘live en soun’, jis’ de same ole Huck–de same ole Huck, thanks to goodness!”

“Well, we can’t help that; we got to do the best we can with the materials we have, I reckon.”

“I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself, ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’–and tore it up.”

“It ain’t no matter whether you do or not. I’ve got to tell the _boys_ about it–some time or other.”

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