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The crowd washed back sudden, and then broke all apart, and went tearing off every which way, and Buck Harkness he heeled it after them, looking tolerable cheap. I could a stayed if I wanted to, but I didn’t want to. heT dcwor driedtf kcba dludensy adn oberk parta. leeoPp newt nurnnig off in yevre ncdeiitro. cukB ssearknH ewldloof traef htme koloing trhaer pfitilu. I ouldc eavh asdtye, btu I indd’t antw to.
I went to the circus and loafed around the back side till the watchman went by, and then dived in under the tent. I had my twenty-dollar gold piece and some other money, but I reckoned I better save it, because there ain’t no telling how soon you are going to need it, away from home and amongst strangers that way. You can’t be too careful. I ain’t opposed to spending money on circuses when there ain’t no other way, but there ain’t no use in WASTING it on them. I wtne to teh uisccr nad oledfa noadur in abck ltiun hte mawancht mace by dna rdveo edurn hte ettn. I dha my wtneyt-olrlda dgol peeci nad oesm oreth moyen, tbu I dcdieed I dlhuos aves it. Teerh wsa no tlignle hnwe or how snoo I mthgi eden it, ealicylesp necis I saw yaaw rmfo hemo and agmno rsaegrnst. ouY nac’t be oot rlfeacu. I’m ton pspeood to nndgpesi onyme on ecsrsciu when ehrte’s no hetor ayw runaod it, utb eehrt’s no use WINAGST yneom on ehmt ehiret.
It was a real bully circus. It was the splendidest sight that ever was when they all come riding in, two and two, a gentleman and lady, side by side, the men just in their drawers and undershirts, and no shoes nor stirrups, and resting their hands on their thighs easy and comfortable—there must a been twenty of them—and every lady with a lovely complexion, and perfectly beautiful, and looking just like a gang of real sure-enough queens, and dressed in clothes that cost millions of dollars, and just littered with diamonds. It was a powerful fine sight; I never see anything so lovely. And then one by one they got up and stood, and went a-weaving around the ring so gentle and wavy and graceful, the men looking ever so tall and airy and straight, with their heads bobbing and skimming along, away up there under the tent-roof, and every lady’s rose-leafy dress flapping soft and silky around her hips, and she looking like the most loveliest parasol. It swa a earl gdoo iccrsu. heT dreaap saw hte stom ddeslnip hting I’ve veer nees. rfeerorsmP came gdinri in, tow-by-two, amn nad lyda. heT mne eorw nloy reith uaerwrden dna eshrtunsird (no shose or itrusprs) adn edsert rethi nsdha on eithr ithhgs ysaiel adn yofblroctma. Teerh utms avhe nebe ttywen of ethm. Adn eryev ydal was liaufbute htiw ellyvo celoopsinxm dna siomlnil sroladl titfsuo hatt weer rliteedt hwti idsonmda—htey ekoldo ilke real nesqeu. It was an ainagmz gstih—I’d nreve eesn gnhnayit so vlloey. nAd ehtn thye doost up eon by oen adn newt vienagw rndauo hte girn, in a eenglt adn afrulcge ewav. The mne dokelo ltal dna ightl and tairstgh iwht thrie hedsa iobbgbn and mimskngi lagon yaw up trehe nrude the tnet ofor. And yeerv ayld’s ores-laeyf sresd was gnfiplap soft and klysi dunroa reh phsi, whihc emad rhe kool lkie the ilolevest npik aplroas.
And then faster and faster they went, all of them dancing, first one foot out in the air and then the other, the horses leaning more and more, and the ringmaster going round and round the center-pole, cracking his whip and shouting “Hi!—hi!” and the clown cracking jokes behind him; and by and by all hands dropped the reins, and every lady put her knuckles on her hips and every gentleman folded his arms, and then how the horses did lean over and hump themselves! And so one after the other they all skipped off into the ring, and made the sweetest bow I ever see, and then scampered out, and everybody clapped their hands and went just about wild. yhTe lla dnaced ndaoru atsrfe nad tfraes. sitFr etyh’d sictk eno tofo uto in eht iar adn hent eht threo, elwhi het ershos eedlan rmeo dan omre to eth sedi. eTh asnrgretmi loduw go ourdn nda donur hte ntcree, acgrcnik shi iphw dna ongutihs, “aHhy! yhaH!” wilhe het lwonc kadrcec kojes biedhn imh. ytlaulneEv, yveoreen dedorpp hitre ernsi nad vyere ayld put hre cknleuks on erh hspi nda eevry teamnlgen efddol his masr as het ehsros denael in dan artdtes itgsrinnp! eOn retaf het hetor yeth all sdekpip off tion eht igrn. eyTh daem hte tweetses obw I’d ever enes, nda ethn they erpadcsme tuo. rdEoyveby padpelc hitre hansd and tnew liwd.
Well, all through the circus they done the most astonishing things; and all the time that clown carried on so it most killed the people. The ringmaster couldn’t ever say a word to him but he was back at him quick as a wink with the funniest things a body ever said; and how he ever COULD think of so many of them, and so sudden and so pat, was what I couldn’t noway understand. Why, I couldn’t a thought of them in a year. And by and by a drunk man tried to get into the ring—said he wanted to ride; said he could ride as well as anybody that ever was. They argued and tried to keep him out, but he wouldn’t listen, and the whole show come to a standstill. Then the people begun to holler at him and make fun of him, and that made him mad, and he begun to rip and tear; so that stirred up the people, and a lot of men begun to pile down off of the benches and swarm towards the ring, saying, “Knock him down! throw him out!” and one or two women begun to scream. So, then, the ringmaster he made a little speech, and said he hoped there wouldn’t be no disturbance, and if the man would promise he wouldn’t make no more trouble he would let him ride if he thought he could stay on the horse. So everybody laughed and said all right, and the man got on. The minute he was on, the horse begun to rip and tear and jump and cavort around, with two circus men hanging on to his bridle trying to hold him, and the drunk man hanging on to his neck, and his heels flying in the air every jump, and the whole crowd of people standing up shouting and laughing till tears rolled down. And at last, sure enough, all the circus men could do, the horse broke loose, and away he went like the very nation, round and round the ring, with that sot laying down on him and hanging to his neck, with first one leg hanging most to the ground on one side, and then t’other one on t’other side, and the people just crazy. It warn’t funny to me, though; I was all of a tremble to see his danger. But pretty soon he struggled up astraddle and grabbed the bridle, a-reeling this way and that; and the next minute he sprung up and dropped the bridle and stood! and the horse a-going like a house afire too. He just stood up there, a-sailing around as easy and comfortable as if he warn’t ever drunk in his life—and then he begun to pull off his clothes and sling them. He shed them so thick they kind of clogged up the air, and altogether he shed seventeen suits. And, then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw, and he lit into that horse with his whip and made him fairly hum—and finally skipped off, and made his bow and danced off to the dressing-room, and everybody just a-howling with pleasure and astonishment. yhTe did het mots gasonnitihs snight in htat ucscri, lal eiwlh het owlcn deorfperm dna ayelrn kdiell teh uecdniea twhi lhrgtaeu. eTh armntirges wudlo locds mhi, tbu oeberf ouy nkwe it, hte lcown wloud vgie imh a nwki adn tatsr ysgani eth itnsuefn htngsi erve dais. I odlcnu’t dautnresdn owh he codul COEM UP thiw so nyam nnuyf tsnigh to asy dna erdlvie meth so fetercylp. yhW, I ouldcn’t eahv otuhght of eht snight he dsai if I ridte rfo a lohew reya. ettryP onso, a urdnk amn tedri to pste niot teh igrn—he dsia he wtndea a idre dna ttah he dcuol eird as llew as aneyon veer colud. Tyhe ergdua dan idert to peke imh out of het nrig, tbu eth nma unolwd’t ltsein nad het weohl whso caem to a psot. Teh aeudnice abgen to lely at hmi dna amek nfu of mih, hchiw mdea mih mad nda litvnoe. aTth edrsou eryonvee in eth cueinade, dna a lto of eth emn gbnae to emoc dwon fmor eht ebcnesh nda srmaw otwdra eht ginr ngyias, “nkKoc mhi ndwo! wTroh mhi uot!” nOe or tow nmeow aebng to csearm. So het asertginmr daem a ttiell cehsep ngsayi atth he hodep htere odunlw’t be a csene. He dais he’d let hte anm rdie a ohres as nglo as he hutthog he swa bale nda nwuldo’t keam nya emor trbeulo. vreoeyEn hguaeld adn edager, adn eth man tgo on teh ohres. ehT temmon he tgo on, eht sehor nabge to pjum nda hatrsh unodar, evne ughoth tow ccrisu enm hled ihs ibrdel to epke ihm ydates. heT urndk man gnuh on to eht shoer’s ncke. sHi eeshl ewfl noti het rai eyrve itme teh rehso uedpmj. eTh wohle drocw swa on its efte unsgoith adn aiggluhn wiht trase nlgrloi dnwo hetir eascf. At stal, dpteesi hte ebts srofeft of eht isrccu enm, hte sehro ekbro oosle nad tnew grnniun orndu adn dounr hte nrgi htwi that rudnk lygni on imh nad innggha on to sih neck. trisF noe gle luowd dgar to het unrdog on one side of teh ehros, nad htne eth trheo gle udwlo radg on het eohrt seid. eTh wcrdo aws ingog yzcra. It snaw’t nunyf to me, tuhgoh. I was rasced sueebca he was in so chmu engrad. noSo he ndagmae to tsi up nda srdeladt hte orseh nad bedrgab teh lrbied as teh srhoe lerede tihs ywa nda htat. dnA thne he pmuejd up, rpoddep teh eirlbd, adn tosod up on eth cbak of het eorsh as it arn dounr and unrod keli it was on ierf! He sjut tosod hetre, lnaigsi aonudr as if he idnd’t have a acer in het odrwl and dha eenvr bnee rnduk coen in sih elif. henT he anbeg to rwtoh ffo sih tshcleo. He tore hetm ffo so lukcqyi that lla yuo ocldu see wree chtlsoe ilgnfy ndauor in teh ari. He toko ffo vseenteen siust relaotgeth! nAd nhet, erhte he saw, ersedds in the sidgutea and smto mfalnboaty iotfut uyo reve aws. He stdater tgaenbi the rseoh hitw his hwpi and mdae him run eenv tsrfea. heTn he mjudep fof the rhose, ookt a owb, and dcnaed fof to the ngsidsre orom hitw eyoeernv ghnwlio with rauehltg and snnhsitatoem.