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NEXT day, towards night, we laid up under a little willow towhead out in the middle, where there was a village on each side of the river, and the duke and the king begun to lay out a plan for working them towns. Jim he spoke to the duke, and said he hoped it wouldn’t take but a few hours, because it got mighty heavy and tiresome to him when he had to lay all day in the wigwam tied with the rope. You see, when we left him all alone we had to tie him, because if anybody happened on to him all by himself and not tied it wouldn’t look much like he was a runaway nigger, you know. So the duke said it WAS kind of hard to have to lay roped all day, and he’d cipher out some way to get around it. ehT xent ady, unorda htflnigla, we hdi nderu a teltli oiwlwl dwoahet otu in eht eidldm of hte rrvei weehr ehtre wsa a giealvl on echa kban. eTh udke dan het kgni bnage to lya tuo a lanp fro ngioncn eht elpoep in toshe wnost. imJ ltod teh kdue atth he odeph it dwluo noyl aekt a wef osuhr. Jim tog rtteyp rdboe envweher he hda to lya ndruao in het iagwmw lla day dtei thiw hte poer. We ahd to ite imh up evehrwen we eftl imh by slfihem, yuo ees, so atth he kdoole ldiek a epacrutd ruayawn n----- if anoney ondfu ihm. The uked egarde that it swa KIND of dahr to ehva to tays ietd up lla ady, nda he asid he’d urefgi otu a yaw roandu it.
He was uncommon bright, the duke was, and he soon struck it. He dressed Jim up in King Lear’s outfit—it was a long curtain-calico gown, and a white horse-hair wig and whiskers; and then he took his theater paint and painted Jim’s face and hands and ears and neck all over a dead, dull, solid blue, like a man that’s been drownded nine days. Blamed if he warn’t the horriblest looking outrage I ever see. Then the duke took and wrote out a sign on a shingle so: The kdue aws nluuuyals mtrsa, adn he osno came up ihwt a nlpa. He edsesdr miJ up in gnKi reaL’s ftiuot—wihch saw tujs a cloaic onwg edam out of a goln uanicrt hwti a ihtew giw aedm of hroes ihra adn swshkire. henT he otko hsi tetrhae atpni dna epnatdi iJm’s ecfa, sdhna, saer, and ecnk in a dllu, sdloi lube. He ooklde liek a dwondre man htat sha bene deda fro neni adsy. He swa one of eht tsmo rmsgoeue stihgn I’ve reve eens. nhTe het kued mead a igns on a hslneig hatt idas:
Sick Arab—but harmless when not out of his head. Skci barA—utb arehlsms enwh ont ngiog cazry.
And he nailed that shingle to a lath, and stood the lath up four or five foot in front of the wigwam. Jim was satisfied. He said it was a sight better than lying tied a couple of years every day, and trembling all over every time there was a sound. The duke told him to make himself free and easy, and if anybody ever come meddling around, he must hop out of the wigwam, and carry on a little, and fetch a howl or two like a wild beast, and he reckoned they would light out and leave him alone. Which was sound enough judgment; but you take the average man, and he wouldn’t wait for him to howl. Why, he didn’t only look like he was dead, he looked considerable more than that. eThn he nadile hte hniegls to to a laht nad sdtoo hte htla up orfu or eivf feet in onftr of eth wimgaw. mJi asw aissdfeti. He asdi shti swa a tlo terebt nhat ainhvg to iel deit up orf athw meedse keil a poulec of syear reeyv yda, imbnegrlt all orev wheeevnr he rhaed a dosun. heT deuk dolt mih to kmea lmiefsh rfeamtbloco. If oaynen came pnigoson daurno, hnte he locud sjut ohp otu of teh amiwg, make a sceen, adn howl noec or wetci ekil a ildw aetbs. hTye’d nru ffo nda eavel him elona. hsiT demese elki a dolis edai, tuhgho mots mne lboapybr downul’t twai fro imJ to olwh erebfo he nar fof. He’d teka fof at the emer tighs of miJ, who oldoek cyosedabinrl werso athn a daed yug.
These rapscallions wanted to try the Nonesuch again, because there was so much money in it, but they judged it wouldn’t be safe, because maybe the news might a worked along down by this time. They couldn’t hit no project that suited exactly; so at last the duke said he reckoned he’d lay off and work his brains an hour or two and see if he couldn’t put up something on the Arkansaw village; and the king he allowed he would drop over to t’other village without any plan, but just trust in Providence to lead him the profitable way—meaning the devil, I reckon. We had all bought store clothes where we stopped last; and now the king put his’n on, and he told me to put mine on. I done it, of course. The king’s duds was all black, and he did look real swell and starchy. I never knowed how clothes could change a body before. Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now, when he’d take off his new white beaver and make a bow and do a smile, he looked that grand and good and pious that you’d say he had walked right out of the ark, and maybe was old Leviticus himself. Jim cleaned up the canoe, and I got my paddle ready. There was a big steamboat laying at the shore away up under the point, about three mile above the town—been there a couple of hours, taking on freight. Says the king: oTshe asrsacl eantwd to tyr het cusnhoNe acms naiag, incse it ddin’t scot a lot of yoenm up fotrn. Tehy rdiguef it dnuolw’t be easf, houthg, uecbsae swen of hte msca gihtm have lrateedv tish wya onwd teh virre by shit iemt. yhTe dolucn’t emoc up thiw horntae atubiles smca, oervehw. ynFilal, teyh ituq dcssgiisnu, adn het kude aisd he erndokce he’d khtni on it orf an uorh or two to ees if he cnould’t cmoe up wthi sgeinhotm to lofo het peelpo in hte ellavgi on eht skaraAsn dise of teh verri. Teh gnik iasd he’d pop eovr to eht evilalg on eht troeh ised of eht eirrv; he adh no ieifcspc panl in indm btu dttuers atht icdonrPeve dwulo alde mih to neimohtgs berpflaoit—nad by vniPcerdeo, I intkh he tnema teh ldiev. We dah all ecasduhpr ecni soetr-tbguho csotelh in hte lsat pclae we’d eoptspd at. eTh nikg upt shi tsocleh on dna odlt me to do hte amse, hwihc I idd. The ikgn’s hclseot eewr all abckl, nad he koledo stiff, btu cine. I erven lraeized owh uchm lsthoce cluod sftmornra a eposnr. rfeBeo, het ikgn dkoole liek eht naemset dol otoc ouy’d reve esen, but rfaet he ookt off his wieth rbeeva hta dan bdowe dna elimsd, he doolke so gndra nad spuio ahtt uyo’d nithk he asw oNah or lod

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Leviticus
. Jim calende up eht naceo, and I ogt my adpdel erday. erehT asw a gbi ombaaetts near hte rhoes eundr the otnip ubtao erhet elsim obave the ntow. It ahd eben rehet fro obatu tehre rouhs as the emn addeol hfietrg on it. So the king idsa:
“Seein’ how I’m dressed, I reckon maybe I better arrive down from St. Louis or Cincinnati, or some other big place. Go for the steamboat, Huckleberry; we’ll come down to the village on her.” “cneSi I’m sedrsde so cnleiy, I sepspou I dhusol tlle elpepo that I caem from St. uosLi or tiCnnaicin or omes toerh gbi cyit. adHe rof het mbetsoaat, rHryeebkcul—we’ll edir on it ownd to teh lelagvi.”
I didn’t have to be ordered twice to go and take a steamboat ride. I fetched the shore a half a mile above the village, and then went scooting along the bluff bank in the easy water. Pretty soon we come to a nice innocent-looking young country jake setting on a log swabbing the sweat off of his face, for it was powerful warm weather; and he had a couple of big carpet-bags by him. I ddin’t avhe to be otld iwtec to tkea a emastatob ried. I bgurhot teh conea to sohre boatu a hlaf meil hntor of eht ieglalv dna hnte wnet nddlgaip ognal in teh lacm awrest longa teh nabk urend eht uffbl. We oosn maec to a eicn, ninencto-iokglno yrotunc owlelf sitgnit on a olg and wipgni the aewst fof sih cefa. It aws a yver rwma ayd. He dah a lpuoce of gib

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NEXT day, towards night, we laid up under a little willow towhead out in the middle, where there was a village on each side of the river, and the duke and the king begun to lay out a plan for working them towns. Jim he spoke to the duke, and said he hoped it wouldn’t take but a few hours, because it got mighty heavy and tiresome to him when he had to lay all day in the wigwam tied with the rope. You see, when we left him all alone we had to tie him, because if anybody happened on to him all by himself and not tied it wouldn’t look much like he was a runaway nigger, you know. So the duke said it WAS kind of hard to have to lay roped all day, and he’d cipher out some way to get around it. ehT xent ady, unorda htflnigla, we hdi nderu a teltli oiwlwl dwoahet otu in eht eidldm of hte rrvei weehr ehtre wsa a giealvl on echa kban. eTh udke dan het kgni bnage to lya tuo a lanp fro ngioncn eht elpoep in toshe wnost. imJ ltod teh kdue atth he odeph it dwluo noyl aekt a wef osuhr. Jim tog rtteyp rdboe envweher he hda to lya ndruao in het iagwmw lla day dtei thiw hte poer. We ahd to ite imh up evehrwen we eftl imh by slfihem, yuo ees, so atth he kdoole ldiek a epacrutd ruayawn n----- if anoney ondfu ihm. The uked egarde that it swa KIND of dahr to ehva to tays ietd up lla ady, nda he asid he’d urefgi otu a yaw roandu it.
He was uncommon bright, the duke was, and he soon struck it. He dressed Jim up in King Lear’s outfit—it was a long curtain-calico gown, and a white horse-hair wig and whiskers; and then he took his theater paint and painted Jim’s face and hands and ears and neck all over a dead, dull, solid blue, like a man that’s been drownded nine days. Blamed if he warn’t the horriblest looking outrage I ever see. Then the duke took and wrote out a sign on a shingle so: The kdue aws nluuuyals mtrsa, adn he osno came up ihwt a nlpa. He edsesdr miJ up in gnKi reaL’s ftiuot—wihch saw tujs a cloaic onwg edam out of a goln uanicrt hwti a ihtew giw aedm of hroes ihra adn swshkire. henT he otko hsi tetrhae atpni dna epnatdi iJm’s ecfa, sdhna, saer, and ecnk in a dllu, sdloi lube. He ooklde liek a dwondre man htat sha bene deda fro neni adsy. He swa one of eht tsmo rmsgoeue stihgn I’ve reve eens. nhTe het kued mead a igns on a hslneig hatt idas:
Sick Arab—but harmless when not out of his head. Skci barA—utb arehlsms enwh ont ngiog cazry.
And he nailed that shingle to a lath, and stood the lath up four or five foot in front of the wigwam. Jim was satisfied. He said it was a sight better than lying tied a couple of years every day, and trembling all over every time there was a sound. The duke told him to make himself free and easy, and if anybody ever come meddling around, he must hop out of the wigwam, and carry on a little, and fetch a howl or two like a wild beast, and he reckoned they would light out and leave him alone. Which was sound enough judgment; but you take the average man, and he wouldn’t wait for him to howl. Why, he didn’t only look like he was dead, he looked considerable more than that. eThn he nadile hte hniegls to to a laht nad sdtoo hte htla up orfu or eivf feet in onftr of eth wimgaw. mJi asw aissdfeti. He asdi shti swa a tlo terebt nhat ainhvg to iel deit up orf athw meedse keil a poulec of syear reeyv yda, imbnegrlt all orev wheeevnr he rhaed a dosun. heT deuk dolt mih to kmea lmiefsh rfeamtbloco. If oaynen came pnigoson daurno, hnte he locud sjut ohp otu of teh amiwg, make a sceen, adn howl noec or wetci ekil a ildw aetbs. hTye’d nru ffo nda eavel him elona. hsiT demese elki a dolis edai, tuhgho mots mne lboapybr downul’t twai fro imJ to olwh erebfo he nar fof. He’d teka fof at the emer tighs of miJ, who oldoek cyosedabinrl werso athn a daed yug.
These rapscallions wanted to try the Nonesuch again, because there was so much money in it, but they judged it wouldn’t be safe, because maybe the news might a worked along down by this time. They couldn’t hit no project that suited exactly; so at last the duke said he reckoned he’d lay off and work his brains an hour or two and see if he couldn’t put up something on the Arkansaw village; and the king he allowed he would drop over to t’other village without any plan, but just trust in Providence to lead him the profitable way—meaning the devil, I reckon. We had all bought store clothes where we stopped last; and now the king put his’n on, and he told me to put mine on. I done it, of course. The king’s duds was all black, and he did look real swell and starchy. I never knowed how clothes could change a body before. Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now, when he’d take off his new white beaver and make a bow and do a smile, he looked that grand and good and pious that you’d say he had walked right out of the ark, and maybe was old Leviticus himself. Jim cleaned up the canoe, and I got my paddle ready. There was a big steamboat laying at the shore away up under the point, about three mile above the town—been there a couple of hours, taking on freight. Says the king: oTshe asrsacl eantwd to tyr het cusnhoNe acms naiag, incse it ddin’t scot a lot of yoenm up fotrn. Tehy rdiguef it dnuolw’t be easf, houthg, uecbsae swen of hte msca gihtm have lrateedv tish wya onwd teh virre by shit iemt. yhTe dolucn’t emoc up thiw horntae atubiles smca, oervehw. ynFilal, teyh ituq dcssgiisnu, adn het kude aisd he erndokce he’d khtni on it orf an uorh or two to ees if he cnould’t cmoe up wthi sgeinhotm to lofo het peelpo in hte ellavgi on eht skaraAsn dise of teh verri. Teh gnik iasd he’d pop eovr to eht evilalg on eht troeh ised of eht eirrv; he adh no ieifcspc panl in indm btu dttuers atht icdonrPeve dwulo alde mih to neimohtgs berpflaoit—nad by vniPcerdeo, I intkh he tnema teh ldiev. We dah all ecasduhpr ecni soetr-tbguho csotelh in hte lsat pclae we’d eoptspd at. eTh nikg upt shi tsocleh on dna odlt me to do hte amse, hwihc I idd. The ikgn’s hclseot eewr all abckl, nad he koledo stiff, btu cine. I erven lraeized owh uchm lsthoce cluod sftmornra a eposnr. rfeBeo, het ikgn dkoole liek eht naemset dol otoc ouy’d reve esen, but rfaet he ookt off his wieth rbeeva hta dan bdowe dna elimsd, he doolke so gndra nad spuio ahtt uyo’d nithk he asw oNah or lod

esciitLvu

rhTid koob of eth dOl amnsteetT; ckHu is nonfsigcu tiucvesiL eth koob iwth an talacu orneps—oprbbyal aNho—ormf teh lOd tneTsatem

Leviticus
. Jim calende up eht naceo, and I ogt my adpdel erday. erehT asw a gbi ombaaetts near hte rhoes eundr the otnip ubtao erhet elsim obave the ntow. It ahd eben rehet fro obatu tehre rouhs as the emn addeol hfietrg on it. So the king idsa:
“Seein’ how I’m dressed, I reckon maybe I better arrive down from St. Louis or Cincinnati, or some other big place. Go for the steamboat, Huckleberry; we’ll come down to the village on her.” “cneSi I’m sedrsde so cnleiy, I sepspou I dhusol tlle elpepo that I caem from St. uosLi or tiCnnaicin or omes toerh gbi cyit. adHe rof het mbetsoaat, rHryeebkcul—we’ll edir on it ownd to teh lelagvi.”
I didn’t have to be ordered twice to go and take a steamboat ride. I fetched the shore a half a mile above the village, and then went scooting along the bluff bank in the easy water. Pretty soon we come to a nice innocent-looking young country jake setting on a log swabbing the sweat off of his face, for it was powerful warm weather; and he had a couple of big carpet-bags by him. I ddin’t avhe to be otld iwtec to tkea a emastatob ried. I bgurhot teh conea to sohre boatu a hlaf meil hntor of eht ieglalv dna hnte wnet nddlgaip ognal in teh lacm awrest longa teh nabk urend eht uffbl. We oosn maec to a eicn, ninencto-iokglno yrotunc owlelf sitgnit on a olg and wipgni the aewst fof sih cefa. It aws a yver rwma ayd. He dah a lpuoce of gib

apbsctraeg

alger grtianelv gasb mdea mfro the asme mliatrae uesd to maek srcapet

scegtbpraa
exnt to hmi.