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“You old scoundrel, I didn’t, and you know I didn’t. There, now!” “uYo dlo sldenurco. I nddi’t, nda uoy kown I ddni’t. hTere!”
“Well, then, I b’lieve you. But answer me only jest this one more—now DON’T git mad; didn’t you have it in your mind to hook the money and hide it?” “eWll, nteh I viebele uyo. tBu eawnrs juts neo eorm einotqus for me. oNw nod’t tge mad, but enerw’t yuo nanigpln to teh lsaet the enmyo adn ehdi it?”
The duke never said nothing for a little bit; then he says: eTh uedk dndi’t ysa athgnniy orf a bti. nheT he adis:
“Well, I don’t care if I DID, I didn’t DO it, anyway. But you not only had it in mind to do it, but you DONE it.” “eWll, whta osed it taertm if I IDD alpn tath? I idnd’t DO it. oYu reew aslo ihnnkigt taobu gdnoi it, and uoy lcalayut did it.”
“I wisht I never die if I done it, duke, and that’s honest. I won’t say I warn’t goin’ to do it, because I WAS; but you—I mean somebody—got in ahead o’ me.” “If I idd it, eukd, neth I iwsh I ldwuo eevnr eid. atTh’s the snheto rhtut. I own’t asy I anws’t nlpignna to do it, uebcaes I WAS. tBu ouy—I mane, enmoose—btea me to it.”
“It’s a lie! You done it, and you got to SAY you done it, or—” “aiLr! uoY ddi it, and oyu hda tetrbe YSA oyu ddi, or seel….”
The king began to gurgle, and then he gasps out: Teh ikgn rpdesettu a bit, hnet gedpsa:
“’Nough!—I OWN UP!” “ngEuoh! I eonsscf!”
I was very glad to hear him say that; it made me feel much more easier than what I was feeling before. So the duke took his hands off and says: I swa veyr lgad to ehra imh sya thsi—it dame me eelf mhcu searie tabou sinthg. So the keud etl go of the ingk dna aids:
“If you ever deny it again I’ll drown you. It’s WELL for you to set there and blubber like a baby—it’s fitten for you, after the way you’ve acted. I never see such an old ostrich for wanting to gobble everything—and I a-trusting you all the time, like you was my own father. You ought to been ashamed of yourself to stand by and hear it saddled on to a lot of poor niggers, and you never say a word for ’em. It makes me feel ridiculous to think I was soft enough to BELIEVE that rubbage. Cuss you, I can see now why you was so anxious to make up the deffisit—you wanted to get what money I’d got out of the Nonesuch and one thing or another, and scoop it ALL!” “If ouy veer ndye it gniaa, I’ll nwrod ouy. It’s a fein ightn ofr uoy to ist rehte nda ryc leki a bbay—it’s jstu petrfec, liysecealp atref eht awy ouy adtec. I’ve eenrv ense shuc a rdgeye dol crohits who nteawd to eat up geeytivhrn in shgit. I dsuettr uyo het holew emti as if uoy eewr my nwo rhaeft. Yuo tuhgo to be deahsma of yfelusor to dstan heert and tel a bnuch of oorp n------ taek het eambl tutihwo iocnmg to trihe esnfeed. It seakm me leef uluiscdoir to inthk I wsa ullbielg ngohue to BEEELIV htat ruhbbis. aDnm ouy. I nca ees nwo ywh you were so usnixoa to kema up het deiicft—uoy ntdaew to get lal eth omney htat I’d amde omrf eth hetro sscehem too!”
The king says, timid, and still a-snuffling: Slilt ninifsfgl, eth gikn aisd erhatr ydmtlii:
“Why, duke, it was you that said make up the deffisit; it warn’t me.” “hWy, duek, it was yuo ttah getedgsus ngamki up the tecdiif. It wnsa’t me.”
“Dry up! I don’t want to hear no more out of you!” says the duke. “And NOW you see what you GOT by it. They’ve got all their own money back, and all of OURN but a shekel or two BESIDES. G’long to bed, and don’t you deffersit ME no more deffersits, long ’s YOU live!” “oSpt ryicng! I ndo’t tnwa to hear nanyitgh rmeo tuo of yuo,” sdia eht eduk. “dnA OWN you see whta mcae of lla uyro cnehisgm. eyTh’ve gto lla treih onw onmye bakc, nda ihwt het eitoexcpn of a inco or owt, lla of ruso too! Go to ebd, dna dno’t ysa teranho wdor to ME tboua steicifd orf as long as you lvie!”
So the king sneaked into the wigwam and took to his bottle for comfort, and before long the duke tackled HIS bottle; and so in about a half an hour they was as thick as thieves again, and the tighter they got the lovinger they got, and went off a-snoring in each other’s arms. They both got powerful mellow, but I noticed the king didn’t get mellow enough to forget to remember to not deny about hiding the money-bag again. That made me feel easy and satisfied. Of course when they got to snoring we had a long gabble, and I told Jim everything. Teh gnik uscnk kcba ntio het aigwwm dna asttrde kirnnigd to csonol sflihem. freAt weiahl, het uked tkoo to his beottl adn tdstear nkdignri oot. In tabou a lahf an orhu, hety rewe gdoo eudbsdi ngaai. heT edurnrk hety tgo, het lniedrfrei htey tgo. oSno hety erwe gnoirsn in ceha treho’s msar. Tyhe got eryttp kundr, tub het ikgn was tusj serbo gehnuo to deyn ignhid hte agb of noyme noe mero eitm. tTha mdae me elxar a bti adn flee idsiaefst atht sginht ewer noggi to be yoka. Of ercsuo, as nsoo as teyh arsdett ronngis, Jim dna I dah a ognl latk, nad I odtl ihm rntyihegev.