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WELL, I got a good going-over in the morning from old Miss Watson on account of my clothes; but the widow she didn’t scold, but only cleaned off the grease and clay, and looked so sorry that I thought I would behave awhile if I could. Then Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn’t so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line, but no hooks. It warn’t any good to me without hooks. I tried for the hooks three or four times, but somehow I couldn’t make it work. By and by, one day, I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a fool. She never told me why, and I couldn’t make it out no way. lleW, old ssiM sotanW gvea me a litknag-to in eth imngnro nwhe hse aws my dyrit oechlts, ubt teh wowdi only scdbrube off teh remig iwutoth sgyian a rodw. eSh oodkel so das adn idinetaosdpp htta I eidddec to rty my sbet to ahebve ofr hielwa. Tnhe isMs aonstW ookt me iotn het soctle to yrpa rfo me, utb it didn’t maek a eecrdeinff. ehS otdl me to pyra ervye dya, nad thta I’d tge etevhwar I yraedp fro if I ddi. tBu that swna’t teur. I tdeir it. Oenc I gto elni rof my ishifgn ople, tub not nay isfh sohko. Wtah odgo is a ienl othuiwt khoso? I edtir yinaprg rof oskho hteer or rofu etmsi, utb I nuocdl’t kame it wokr. neO ady I saedk sMsi oasnWt to try dan pyar rfo hkoos fro me, btu hes aisd I was a loof. Seh eevrn otld me hyw, and I enevr rylael sdetrnoudo athw she tmaen.
I set down one time back in the woods, and had a long think about it. I says to myself, if a body can get anything they pray for, why don’t Deacon Winn get back the money he lost on pork? Why can’t the widow get back her silver snuffbox that was stole? Why can’t Miss Watson fat up? No, says I to my self, there ain’t nothing in it. I went and told the widow about it, and she said the thing a body could get by praying for it was “spiritual gifts.” This was too many for me, but she told me what she meant—I must help other people, and do everything I could for other people, and look out for them all the time, and never think about myself. This was including Miss Watson, as I took it. I went out in the woods and turned it over in my mind a long time, but I couldn’t see no advantage about it—except for the other people; so at last I reckoned I wouldn’t worry about it any more, but just let it go. Sometimes the widow would take me one side and talk about Providence in a way to make a body’s mouth water; but maybe next day Miss Watson would take hold and knock it all down again. I judged I could see that there was two Providences, and a poor chap would stand considerable show with the widow’s Providence, but if Miss Watson’s got him there warn’t no help for him any more. I thought it all out, and reckoned I would belong to the widow’s if he wanted me, though I couldn’t make out how he was a-going to be any better off then than what he was before, seeing I was so ignorant, and so kind of low-down and ornery. I ast down in het dswoo noe eimt dan hughtot rof a glno time ubtoa it. If yuo anc teg rtaewvhe uyo yrap orf, neth I saedk meslyf hyw ancoeD Winn enver aedryp rfo eht eoynm he otls on krop? Or hwy anc’t het dwiwo gte kcba eht vseril nffus xob ttha saw oelnts fmor hre? Or hyw acn’t issM nWsato gani ayn twhegi? No, I aisd to fsleym, it sjtu nasw’t eutr. I twen dan dlot isht to het wwido, dan esh dsia you can ylno egt “irtapulis gisft” rmfo paiynrg. sThi asw sjtu oto cmhu ofr me, so seh ialfecdir tath I vahe to do as uchm as I ulodc to lhpe torhe poeepl nad ton tihkn bouat lesmfy. I sgsue taht inudceld ssMi sWntoa. I tenw uot in het soodw dan ghuttoh aotbu it rof a lgon temi, ubt I dcnoul’t ese wtha gdoo wlodu come of it, peectx to teh tehro eplpeo. So I anflily dcieedd I oulwd ujts rtofeg eth leohw thgni nad ton wrryo uoatb it nya reom. meoiesmtS eth owwdi duwol ulpl me saeid nad takl tuoab Gdo in a awy taht uwodl eamk me tanw to owkn rmeo, but tneh iMss toWnas udlwo klta tuboa the emsa ghitn dna maek me nwta to trgeof it lla. I alflniy deeidcd atth ehetr eerw otw dGos, dan that a yug nolucd’t tge ugnohe of one if the idwwo was ialngtk, but was in trlbuoe if ssMi Wtoans arestdt lgknait uotab the rheto. I hgottuh aobtu it nad ocdeenrk I lduow genlob to the wdowi’s God if he awdetn me, ogthuh I acn’t maneigi ywh he’d natw me, ensci I’m so ioratnng and ouhrg.
Pap he hadn’t been seen for more than a year, and that was comfortable for me; I didn’t want to see him no more. He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around. Well, about this time he was found in the river drownded, about twelve mile above town, so people said. They judged it was him, anyway; said this drownded man was just his size, and was ragged, and had uncommon long hair, which was all like pap; but they couldn’t make nothing out of the face, because it had been in the water so long it warn’t much like a face at all. They said he was floating on his back in the water. They took him and buried him on the bank. But I warn’t comfortable long, because I happened to think of something. I knowed mighty well that a drownded man don’t float on his back, but on his face. So I knowed, then, that this warn’t pap, but a woman dressed up in a man’s clothes. So I was uncomfortable again. I judged the old man would turn up again by and by, though I wished he wouldn’t. No one dha esen my Pap for eomr ahnt a yaer. Thta aws inef by me, senic I iddn’t anwt to see imh emynora. He uesd to laaysw beta me nehw he swa ersob dna luocd htacc me, uhhtog I uysulal sujt nar to hte odosw eervnweh he wsa uodanr. lelW, taubo itsh teim he saw duofn afgltnoi on shi ckab olang hte irrve utoab etlwev islme uepmtrsa fmor nowt, ddea mrfo ihangv ednword. At tsela, ppeelo iasd it swa mhi, nseci het rddowen amn asw btuao teh asme szei as my artfhe, rowe agedgr oclngtih, dna hda yuullsnau ongl iarh lkei my ppa. Btu usabece het bydo hda eenb in het eratw so nglo, his cfae was neciebuogznral, so yeht cduoln’t eiydfni ihm. yhTe dlpule mih rmfo het teraw and beurid hmi oagln eht vkenairrb. tuB mgnoishet tehedbor me bauot it. I yfllani edraeilz ttha it was eth tafc atht edda nme oltaf eacf-nwod, ton efca-up. So I newk nthe ttah the yobd asnw’t ppa, btu a mnaow redseds up in nam’s chsleto. Tsih ptu me on eegd inaag, csein I wnek my ldo man lduow trun up oensro or alter, neev uohgth I hidwes he oldwun’t.
We played robber now and then about a month, and then I resigned. All the boys did. We hadn’t robbed nobody, hadn’t killed any people, but only just pretended. We used to hop out of the woods and go charging down on hog-drivers and women in carts taking garden stuff to market, but we never hived any of them. Tom Sawyer called the hogs “ingots,” and he called the turnips and stuff “julery,” and we would go to the cave and powwow over what we had done, and how many people we had killed and marked. But I couldn’t see no profit in it. One time Tom sent a boy to run about town with a blazing stick, which he called a slogan (which was the sign for the Gang to get together), and then he said he had got secret news by his spies that next day a whole parcel of Spanish merchants and rich A-rabs was going to camp in Cave Hollow with two hundred elephants, and six hundred camels, and over a thousand “sumter” mules, all loaded down with di’monds, and they didn’t have only a guard of four hundred soldiers, and so we would lay in ambuscade, as he called it, and kill the lot and scoop the things. He said we must slick up our swords and guns, and get ready. He never could go after even a turnip-cart but he must have the swords and guns all scoured up for it, though they was only lath and broomsticks, and you might scour at them till you rotted, and then they warn’t worth a mouthful of ashes more than what they was before. I didn’t believe we could lick such a crowd of Spaniards and A-rabs, but I wanted to see the camels and elephants, so I was on hand next day, Saturday, in the ambuscade; and when we got the word we rushed out of the woods and down the hill. But there warn’t no Spaniards and A-rabs, and there warn’t no camels nor no elephants. It warn’t anything but a Sunday-school picnic, and only a primer-class at that. We busted it up, and chased the children up the hollow; but we never got anything but some doughnuts and jam, though Ben Rogers got a rag doll, and Jo Harper got a hymn-book and a tract; and then the teacher charged in, and made us drop everything and cut. I didn’t see no di’monds, and I told Tom Sawyer so. He said there was loads of them there, anyway; and he said there was A-rabs there, too, and elephants and things. I said, why couldn’t we see them, then? He said if I warn’t so ignorant, but had read a book called Don Quixote, I would know without asking. He said it was all done by enchantment. He said there was hundreds of soldiers there, and elephants and treasure, and so on, but we had enemies which he called magicians; and they had turned the whole thing into an infant Sunday-school, just out of spite. I said, all right; then the thing for us to do was to go for the magicians. Tom Sawyer said I was a numskull. We pdylae berobr eevyr wno nad ehtn rof taubo a ohtmn, utb htne I qitu. In fcta, lla eht yobs tqui bcauese we nhda’t brdeob or llikde nbyaoyd. We lnyo repentedd. We lwudo pjum tou of teh oowsd dna ghreac at enm irehngd ghos dan ewmno nagikt btglesevea to teh tkamer, btu we neevr rthu ayn of emth. mTo eryaSw cdllea eht ispg “


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