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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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In the morning we went out to the woodpile and chopped up the brass candlestick into handy sizes, and Tom put them and the pewter spoon in his pocket. Then we went to the nigger cabins, and while I got Nat’s notice off, Tom shoved a piece of candlestick into the middle of a corn-pone that was in Jim’s pan, and we went along with Nat to see how it would work, and it just worked noble; when Jim bit into it it most mashed all his teeth out; and there warn’t ever anything could a worked better. Tom said so himself. Jim he never let on but what it was only just a piece of rock or something like that that’s always getting into bread, you know; but after that he never bit into nothing but what he jabbed his fork into it in three or four places first. In the morning we went out to the woodpile and chopped up the brass candlestick into smaller pieces. Tom put them and the pewter spoon in his pocket. Then we went to the n----- cabins, and I distracted Nat while Tom shoved a piece of candlestick into the middle of a piece of cornpone that was in Jim’s pan. Then we went with Nat to see what would happen. It worked perfectly. When Jim bit into the cornpone the brass nearly smashed all his teeth out—it couldn’t have worked any better. Tom even said so himself. Jim never let on that anything was wrong, but only said it was a bit of rock or something similar that always gets into bread. After that he never bit into anything without first stabbing his fork into it in three or four places.
And whilst we was a-standing there in the dimmish light, here comes a couple of the hounds bulging in from under Jim’s bed; and they kept on piling in till there was eleven of them, and there warn’t hardly room in there to get your breath. By jings, we forgot to fasten that lean-to door! The nigger Nat he only just hollered “Witches” once, and keeled over on to the floor amongst the dogs, and begun to groan like he was dying. Tom jerked the door open and flung out a slab of Jim’s meat, and the dogs went for it, and in two seconds he was out himself and back again and shut the door, and I knowed he’d fixed the other door too. Then he went to work on the nigger, coaxing him and petting him, and asking him if he’d been imagining he saw something again. He raised up, and blinked his eyes around, and says: While we were standing there in the dim light, a couple of hounds came bounding in through the hole we’d dug under Jim’s bed. The hounds kept piling in until there were eleven of them inside with us. We had hardly enough room to breath. By God, we’d forgotten to fasten the door of the lean-to! The n----- Nat yelled, “Witches!” once, then collapsed onto the floor in the middle of the dogs and began to groan like he was dying. Tom jerked the door open, tossed out a piece of Jim’s meat, and the dogs went after it. In two seconds he was outside himself and then back again, slamming the door shut behind him. I knew he’d also closed the other door too. Then we went to work on Nat, coaxing him and petting him and asking him if he’d been imagining things again. He sat up, blinked and looked around, and said:
“Mars Sid, you’ll say I’s a fool, but if I didn’t b’lieve I see most a million dogs, er devils, er some’n, I wisht I may die right heah in dese tracks. I did, mos’ sholy. Mars Sid, I FELT um—I FELT um, sah; dey was all over me. Dad fetch it, I jis’ wisht I could git my han’s on one er dem witches jis’ wunst—on’y jis’ wunst—it’s all I’d ast. But mos’ly I wisht dey’d lemme ’lone, I does.” “Master Sid, you’re going to say I’m a fool, but I believe I saw about a million dogs or devils or something. And if I didn’t, may I die right here in their tracks! I’m sure I saw them. Master Sid, I FELT them—I FELT them. They were all over me. Darn it, I just with I could get my hands on of those witches just once. Just once, that’s all I’m asking. But most of all, I wish they’d just leave me alone.”
Tom says: Tom said:
“Well, I tell you what I think. What makes them come here just at this runaway nigger’s breakfast-time? It’s because they’re hungry; that’s the reason. You make them a witch pie; that’s the thing for YOU to do.” “Well, I’ll tell you what I think. Why do you think the witches show up only when it’s this runaway n-----’s breakfast time? They come because they’re hungry. That’s the reason. You need to make them a witch pie, THAT’S what you should do.”
“But my lan’, Mars Sid, how’s I gwyne to make ’m a witch pie? I doan’ know how to make it. I hain’t ever hearn er sich a thing b’fo’.” “But my Lord, Master Sid! How am I going to make them a witch pie? I don’t know how to make it. I’ve never even heard of one before.”
“Well, then, I’ll have to make it myself.” “Well, then, I’ll have to make it myself.”
“Will you do it, honey?—will you? I’ll wusshup de groun’ und’ yo’ foot, I will!” “Will you do it, honey? Will you? If you do, I’ll worship the ground under your feet, I will!”
“All right, I’ll do it, seeing it’s you, and you’ve been good to us and showed us the runaway nigger. But you got to be mighty careful. When we come around, you turn your back; and then whatever we’ve put in the pan, don’t you let on you see it at all. And don’t you look when Jim unloads the pan—something might happen, I don’t know what. And above all, don’t you HANDLE the witch-things.” “All right, I’ll do it, since you’ve been so good to us and showed us this runaway n-----. But you have to be pretty careful. When we come around, you have to turn your back. And no matter what we’ve put in the pan, you have to pretend you don’t see it. And you can’t look when Jim empties the pan—something might happen, but I don’t know exactly what. And above all else, don’t TOUCH any of the witch’s things.”
“HANNEL ’m, Mars Sid? What IS you a-talkin’ ’bout? I wouldn’ lay de weight er my finger on um, not f’r ten hund’d thous’n billion dollars, I wouldn’t.” “TOUCH them, Master Sid? What ARE you talking about? I wouldn’t put the weight of one finger on them. I wouldn’t do it even for ten hundred thousand billion dollars.”

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