The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
“The door ain’t going to be locked, Tom, and there’s the window and the
rod; but you’ll be good, WON’T you? And you won’t go? For MY sake.”
“The door isn’t going to be locked, Tom, and there’s the window and
lightning rod. But you’ll be good, WON’T you? You won’t go? For MY
Laws knows I WANTED to go bad enough to see about Tom, and was all
intending to go; but after that I wouldn’t a went, not for kingdoms.
Lord knows I WANTED badly to go find out about Tom. I was even intending
to go, but after she said that, I couldn’t have gone for all the kingdoms in
But she was on my mind and Tom was on my mind, so I slept very restless.
And twice I went down the rod away in the night, and slipped around front,
and see her setting there by her candle in the window with her eyes towards
the road and the tears in them; and I wished I could do something for her,
but I couldn’t, only to swear that I wouldn’t never do nothing to grieve her
any more. And the third time I waked up at dawn, and slid down, and she was
there yet, and her candle was most out, and her old gray head was resting on
her hand, and she was asleep.
She and Tom were both on my mind, so I slept restlessly. I went down the
lightning rod twice in the middle of the night and snuck around to the front
of the house and saw her by the light of the candle in the window just
sitting there staring at the road with tears in her eyes. I wished I could
do something for her, but all I could do was to swear that I wouldn’t do
anything ever again that would give her grief. When I woke up a third time,
it was dawn. I slid down the lightning rod, but she was still there. Her old
gray head was resting on her hand, and she was asleep.