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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by: Mark Twain

Chapters 7–10

1

I knowed what was the matter now. ‘Boom!’ I see the white smoke squirt out of the ferryboat’s side. You see, they was firing cannon over the water, trying to make my carcass come to the top.

2

‘Well, dey’s reasons. But you wouldn’ tell on me ef I uz to tell you, would you, Huck?’ ‘Blamed if I would, Jim.’ ‘Well, I b’lieve you, Huck. I—I run off.’

3

‘Jim, this is nice,’ I says. ‘I wouldn’t want to be nowhere else but here.’

4

After breakfast I wanted to talk about the dead man and guess out how he come to be killed, but Jim didn’t want to. He said it would fetch bad luck; and besides, he said, he might come and ha’nt us; he said a man that warn’t buried was more likely to go a-ha’nting around than one that was planted and comfortable.