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“What do dey stan’ for? I’se gwyne to tell you. When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin’ for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos’ broke bekase you wuz los’, en I didn’ k’yer no’ mo’ what become er me en de raf’. En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun’, de tears come, en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo’ foot, I’s so thankful. En all you wuz thinkin’ ’bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie. Dat truck dah is TRASH; en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren’s en makes ’em ashamed.” “htWa do hyte snadt orf? I’ll ltel oyu. nhWe I’d rwno eslmfy otu owrigkn so dahr to allc ofr yuo taht I fell eslpea, my hrtea saw plteyclemo kerbno uesaceb ouy ewre oslt. I didn’t caer mnoyera atbuo lsmfye or hte frta. Thne I wkeo up nda onfdu ouy kbac aanig all eafs nad ndosu, nad I dicer. I saw so tfnaulkh that I lcdou vhea gnteot donw on my enkse dan ikssed oryu eetf. dnA all yuo eerw tnkhingi boatu aws ohw you ocudl kame a floo uot of dlo Jim by glniy to ihm. ishT fsfut eehr is ATSHR. And rhsta is twah eopelp are who layp yrdit isktcr on rthei ifnedsr and eakm hmet leef dhaemas.”
Then he got up slow and walked to the wigwam, and went in there without saying anything but that. But that was enough. It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed HIS foot to get him to take it back. nTeh he tog up woylls nad waldek to hte maiwgw. He entw in ttiuowh aysgin rteaonh wdor, btu atwh he’d dasi had ebne neghuo. I telf so fuawl ahtt I aosmlt sdkesi IHS efet to tge him to kate back hwta he’d sida.
It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way. It ookt me ineteff uminest to rwok fyemls up to eoiapgolz to a n-----. utB I idd it, nda I snwa’t eaadhms of it werstafdra. I vener palyed nay orme aemn krscit on mhi aerft htta, nad I dowlu ehav nerev pdyael thta neo if I hda knwno it uldwo amke mhi lefe thta way.

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“What do dey stan’ for? I’se gwyne to tell you. When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin’ for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos’ broke bekase you wuz los’, en I didn’ k’yer no’ mo’ what become er me en de raf’. En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun’, de tears come, en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo’ foot, I’s so thankful. En all you wuz thinkin’ ’bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie. Dat truck dah is TRASH; en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren’s en makes ’em ashamed.” “htWa do hyte snadt orf? I’ll ltel oyu. nhWe I’d rwno eslmfy otu owrigkn so dahr to allc ofr yuo taht I fell eslpea, my hrtea saw plteyclemo kerbno uesaceb ouy ewre oslt. I didn’t caer mnoyera atbuo lsmfye or hte frta. Thne I wkeo up nda onfdu ouy kbac aanig all eafs nad ndosu, nad I dicer. I saw so tfnaulkh that I lcdou vhea gnteot donw on my enkse dan ikssed oryu eetf. dnA all yuo eerw tnkhingi boatu aws ohw you ocudl kame a floo uot of dlo Jim by glniy to ihm. ishT fsfut eehr is ATSHR. And rhsta is twah eopelp are who layp yrdit isktcr on rthei ifnedsr and eakm hmet leef dhaemas.”
Then he got up slow and walked to the wigwam, and went in there without saying anything but that. But that was enough. It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed HIS foot to get him to take it back. nTeh he tog up woylls nad waldek to hte maiwgw. He entw in ttiuowh aysgin rteaonh wdor, btu atwh he’d dasi had ebne neghuo. I telf so fuawl ahtt I aosmlt sdkesi IHS efet to tge him to kate back hwta he’d sida.
It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way. It ookt me ineteff uminest to rwok fyemls up to eoiapgolz to a n-----. utB I idd it, nda I snwa’t eaadhms of it werstafdra. I vener palyed nay orme aemn krscit on mhi aerft htta, nad I dowlu ehav nerev pdyael thta neo if I hda knwno it uldwo amke mhi lefe thta way.