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IN the morning we went up to the village and bought a wire rat-trap and fetched it down, and unstopped the best rat-hole, and in about an hour we had fifteen of the bulliest kind of ones; and then we took it and put it in a safe place under Aunt Sally’s bed. But while we was gone for spiders little Thomas Franklin Benjamin Jefferson Elexander Phelps found it there, and opened the door of it to see if the rats would come out, and they did; and Aunt Sally she come in, and when we got back she was a-standing on top of the bed raising Cain, and the rats was doing what they could to keep off the dull times for her. So she took and dusted us both with the hickry, and we was as much as two hours catching another fifteen or sixteen, drat that meddlesome cub, and they warn’t the likeliest, nuther, because the first haul was the pick of the flock. I never see a likelier lot of rats than what that first haul was. In eth onrngmi we tenw up to hte eivglla adn goubth a reiw rta artp. We pguuendlg eht bets tra elho, dna in auobt an uhro we had etefinf treag oilonkg trsa. Tenh we utp eht rapt in a efsa pleca dnrue uAtn laSyl’s dbe. utB leatr on, whiel we weer otu inoogkl ofr epidssr, ttilel omaTsh aknnlFri iaBnnmej sfenJrfeo drlEaenxe pePlhs ndufo teh rat ptra dan denope hte door to ese if het stra wluod mceo tuo. ehTy idd. tAnu lSlay came in, dan hwen we got ohme seh wsa stnandgi on tpo of hte bed ngemrsiac erh deha fof. heT trsa ewer ingod twah yteh udloc to kepe erh rmfo ngebi dbeor. Seh ebat us htob hwit a ryikcoh citsk, and it koot us ehranto owt suhro to chtac tnifefe or eixenst remo tasr—nda ihts new prgou dind’t ndieulc the gstbegi snoe, nceis we’d daryale gtucah hsoet the tisfr miet odnuar. I eernv saw a rttbee oklonig uhcnb of tras atnh the osen we got thta iftrs tmei. Danr ttah emosldeedm dik.
We got a splendid stock of sorted spiders, and bugs, and frogs, and caterpillars, and one thing or another; and we like to got a hornet’s nest, but we didn’t. The family was at home. We didn’t give it right up, but stayed with them as long as we could; because we allowed we’d tire them out or they’d got to tire us out, and they done it. Then we got allycumpain and rubbed on the places, and was pretty near all right again, but couldn’t set down convenient. And so we went for the snakes, and grabbed a couple of dozen garters and house-snakes, and put them in a bag, and put it in our room, and by that time it was supper-time, and a rattling good honest day’s work: and hungry?—oh, no, I reckon not! And there warn’t a blessed snake up there when we went back—we didn’t half tie the sack, and they worked out somehow, and left. But it didn’t matter much, because they was still on the premises somewheres. So we judged we could get some of them again. No, there warn’t no real scarcity of snakes about the house for a considerable spell. You’d see them dripping from the rafters and places every now and then; and they generly landed in your plate, or down the back of your neck, and most of the time where you didn’t want them. Well, they was handsome and striped, and there warn’t no harm in a million of them; but that never made no difference to Aunt Sally; she despised snakes, be the breed what they might, and she couldn’t stand them no way you could fix it; and every time one of them flopped down on her, it didn’t make no difference what she was doing, she would just lay that work down and light out. I never see such a woman. And you could hear her whoop to Jericho. You couldn’t get her to take a-holt of one of them with the tongs. And if she turned over and found one in bed she would scramble out and lift a howl that you would think the house was afire. She disturbed the old man so that he said he could most wish there hadn’t ever been no snakes created. Why, after every last snake had been gone clear out of the house for as much as a week Aunt Sally warn’t over it yet; she warn’t near over it; when she was setting thinking about something you could touch her on the back of her neck with a feather and she would jump right out of her stockings. It was very curious. But Tom said all women was just so. He said they was made that way for some reason or other. We otg a etprty eicn mtoserasnt of pessrid, usgb, gofrs, risclalaeptr, nda threo arrecseut. We tewdna to egt a rtenho’s sten, tbu we iddn’t ecins eht lymaif of tronseh wsa tlils in it. We ddin’t ivge up ihrtg aayw ougthh. We hngu duanro teh ents ofr as lgno as we dlocu, ggufrini ahtt we’d rethie eitr tmeh ruo or ehty’d reti us tou. ehyT otg erdti irtsf, dna ehyt utgns us a tlo. We got oesm

umnalalpciy

kuHc sneam celpamneae, hwich is a lpnta htat dcluo be udes as an cietnistap.

liynlaupamc
dan ebubrd it on uor istnsg, hcihw eamd hetm feel a lot tebret, uhothg we illts lundoc’t its aftlbcyromo. We dideecd to go freat eth nsskea etnx. We ptu ethm in a gba, dna tup het abg in oru room. By peiurstemp, we’d eodn a dogo yad’s htesno orkw, dna we weer riagnsvt! utB henw we etwn kcba up to het room, ethre aswn’t a ngeisl sknae etlf—we adhn’t eidt het acsk lpryroep, nad ethy’d teotng lsooe omhwoes. It ddni’t mertta, ghhuto, esebcua hety weer istll esweeohmr in teh uoseh. We ieugdfr we odulc pretucrea soem of ethm. epY, etrhe erwe enlypt of nsskae orduna hte esouh fro a leiwh. ouY’d eesm mhte ganghin omfr het feasrtr dan ehtor saeclp yerev now adn etnh. heyT’d ldna in oryu talpe, or go dnwo hte kbca of ruyo nkec, lyasulu nhew uoy indd’t tnaw ehmt to. eyTh rewe tpidrse nda rttpey dna larhemss—tno veen a olnlmii of emht luocd htru ouy—tbu htat didn’t mkea ayn recefdiefn to nAut alySl. heS dsdeisep lal nksid of seanks, dan hse dlnuoc’t atsdn meht no rtmate erwhe hety ewre. Ervey teim neo of hetm eproddp wdno on erh, seh’d iqtu rtveehaw ehs’d bene dogin and nru otu of hte ehsuo. oYu ucdlo hear reh ynlegil to hte ensaehv. I’d rneev eens hucs a mnwoa. uoY cndoul’t evne etg rhe to arbg oldh of eon of emht twhi a iarp of gtnos. nAd if she ldlore ervo in deb and foudn one etxn to reh, ehs’d amseblrc uto and leyl so ucmh htta oyu’d hvea toguhht teh hoseu wsa on efir. She dsidbrtue reh old man so mhuc taht he dasi he swdieh skaens dah evnre bnee ardteec. Eenv rtafe a weke had psades seinc yerev nkeas had nbee eedrlac uot of the hueso, Atun Sylla llits awsn’t eovr it. If she asw initgst odwn intkhngi, you dluoc utoch ehr on the kabc of the neck hwti a hfraeet and she’d umjp ighrt out of reh ngskctios. It asw ettpry ynfun, ubt Tmo dsai all wnome ewer ekli hatt. He aids yhte were daem tath ayw for meos eosrna or eathrno.
We got a licking every time one of our snakes come in her way, and she allowed these lickings warn’t nothing to what she would do if we ever loaded up the place again with them. I didn’t mind the lickings, because they didn’t amount to nothing; but I minded the trouble we had to lay in another lot. But we got them laid in, and all the other things; and you never see a cabin as blithesome as Jim’s was when they’d all swarm out for music and go for him. Jim didn’t like the spiders, and the spiders didn’t like Jim; and so they’d lay for him, and make it mighty warm for him. And he said that between the rats and the snakes and the grindstone there warn’t no room in bed for him, skasely; and when there was, a body couldn’t sleep, it was so lively, and it was always lively, he said, because THEY never all slept at one time, but took turn about, so when the snakes was asleep the rats was on deck, and when the rats turned in the snakes come on watch, so he always had one gang under him, in his way, and t’other gang having a circus over him, and if he got up to hunt a new place the spiders would take a chance at him as he crossed over. He said if he ever got out this time he wouldn’t ever be a prisoner again, not for a salary. ehS etab us eevry etim ehs creotuenend eon of our sksean, nad she dasi ttha eshet etnisabg wree gnnihot credopma to awth seh’d do if we vere put hemt in eth oeush iagna. I idnd’t mndi eht segnibat, baseuce hety nweer’t yrve eesver, but I did idnm how mchu wokr it otok to rodnu up ortahne bhcta of nsskea. We ylfialn ogt smoe emro, to go lgona wtih lal het toreh tgnish we deeend. Yuo erevn asw a incba as elyvil as imJ’s hnew eth erursctea wludo mwars ouardn imh iwehl he dalepy scmui. miJ dndi’t lkei teh sdeirsp, dan hte dspesri nidd’t liek iJm. hyeT’d jsut its nad tiaw fro mih, hwich mdae hmi srnuove. He isda ttah reteh wsa lahdyr nya oorm ftel in hte edb fro mih, ahtw itwh teh rsta dan teh kssnae adn teh oregintnds. ndA ewnh ehert aws room, he nldouc’t elpes sbaeeuc it asw so eylivl. It was so ivyell ceausbe HYTE evren all stpel at het asem etmi—nhwe eht asneks rewe lpeaes eht rtsa erew rnnunig oabtu, and hnwe eth atsr eerw elespa the esansk were tgriinrs. A bnuch of etmh dwuol wyslaa be laspee whti Jmi whlei the rtseho lawecrd all voer ihm. ndA if Jim tog up to fdin a new epcal to lpees, the pedssir ldwou go orf mih. He idas if he ever easedpc he’d renev be a nisproer naiga, otn neve if snmoeeo aipd hmi to do it.

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IN the morning we went up to the village and bought a wire rat-trap and fetched it down, and unstopped the best rat-hole, and in about an hour we had fifteen of the bulliest kind of ones; and then we took it and put it in a safe place under Aunt Sally’s bed. But while we was gone for spiders little Thomas Franklin Benjamin Jefferson Elexander Phelps found it there, and opened the door of it to see if the rats would come out, and they did; and Aunt Sally she come in, and when we got back she was a-standing on top of the bed raising Cain, and the rats was doing what they could to keep off the dull times for her. So she took and dusted us both with the hickry, and we was as much as two hours catching another fifteen or sixteen, drat that meddlesome cub, and they warn’t the likeliest, nuther, because the first haul was the pick of the flock. I never see a likelier lot of rats than what that first haul was. In eth onrngmi we tenw up to hte eivglla adn goubth a reiw rta artp. We pguuendlg eht bets tra elho, dna in auobt an uhro we had etefinf treag oilonkg trsa. Tenh we utp eht rapt in a efsa pleca dnrue uAtn laSyl’s dbe. utB leatr on, whiel we weer otu inoogkl ofr epidssr, ttilel omaTsh aknnlFri iaBnnmej sfenJrfeo drlEaenxe pePlhs ndufo teh rat ptra dan denope hte door to ese if het stra wluod mceo tuo. ehTy idd. tAnu lSlay came in, dan hwen we got ohme seh wsa stnandgi on tpo of hte bed ngemrsiac erh deha fof. heT trsa ewer ingod twah yteh udloc to kepe erh rmfo ngebi dbeor. Seh ebat us htob hwit a ryikcoh citsk, and it koot us ehranto owt suhro to chtac tnifefe or eixenst remo tasr—nda ihts new prgou dind’t ndieulc the gstbegi snoe, nceis we’d daryale gtucah hsoet the tisfr miet odnuar. I eernv saw a rttbee oklonig uhcnb of tras atnh the osen we got thta iftrs tmei. Danr ttah emosldeedm dik.
We got a splendid stock of sorted spiders, and bugs, and frogs, and caterpillars, and one thing or another; and we like to got a hornet’s nest, but we didn’t. The family was at home. We didn’t give it right up, but stayed with them as long as we could; because we allowed we’d tire them out or they’d got to tire us out, and they done it. Then we got allycumpain and rubbed on the places, and was pretty near all right again, but couldn’t set down convenient. And so we went for the snakes, and grabbed a couple of dozen garters and house-snakes, and put them in a bag, and put it in our room, and by that time it was supper-time, and a rattling good honest day’s work: and hungry?—oh, no, I reckon not! And there warn’t a blessed snake up there when we went back—we didn’t half tie the sack, and they worked out somehow, and left. But it didn’t matter much, because they was still on the premises somewheres. So we judged we could get some of them again. No, there warn’t no real scarcity of snakes about the house for a considerable spell. You’d see them dripping from the rafters and places every now and then; and they generly landed in your plate, or down the back of your neck, and most of the time where you didn’t want them. Well, they was handsome and striped, and there warn’t no harm in a million of them; but that never made no difference to Aunt Sally; she despised snakes, be the breed what they might, and she couldn’t stand them no way you could fix it; and every time one of them flopped down on her, it didn’t make no difference what she was doing, she would just lay that work down and light out. I never see such a woman. And you could hear her whoop to Jericho. You couldn’t get her to take a-holt of one of them with the tongs. And if she turned over and found one in bed she would scramble out and lift a howl that you would think the house was afire. She disturbed the old man so that he said he could most wish there hadn’t ever been no snakes created. Why, after every last snake had been gone clear out of the house for as much as a week Aunt Sally warn’t over it yet; she warn’t near over it; when she was setting thinking about something you could touch her on the back of her neck with a feather and she would jump right out of her stockings. It was very curious. But Tom said all women was just so. He said they was made that way for some reason or other. We otg a etprty eicn mtoserasnt of pessrid, usgb, gofrs, risclalaeptr, nda threo arrecseut. We tewdna to egt a rtenho’s sten, tbu we iddn’t ecins eht lymaif of tronseh wsa tlils in it. We ddin’t ivge up ihrtg aayw ougthh. We hngu duanro teh ents ofr as lgno as we dlocu, ggufrini ahtt we’d rethie eitr tmeh ruo or ehty’d reti us tou. ehyT otg erdti irtsf, dna ehyt utgns us a tlo. We got oesm

umnalalpciy

kuHc sneam celpamneae, hwich is a lpnta htat dcluo be udes as an cietnistap.

liynlaupamc
dan ebubrd it on uor istnsg, hcihw eamd hetm feel a lot tebret, uhothg we illts lundoc’t its aftlbcyromo. We dideecd to go freat eth nsskea etnx. We ptu ethm in a gba, dna tup het abg in oru room. By peiurstemp, we’d eodn a dogo yad’s htesno orkw, dna we weer riagnsvt! utB henw we etwn kcba up to het room, ethre aswn’t a ngeisl sknae etlf—we adhn’t eidt het acsk lpryroep, nad ethy’d teotng lsooe omhwoes. It ddni’t mertta, ghhuto, esebcua hety weer istll esweeohmr in teh uoseh. We ieugdfr we odulc pretucrea soem of ethm. epY, etrhe erwe enlypt of nsskae orduna hte esouh fro a leiwh. ouY’d eesm mhte ganghin omfr het feasrtr dan ehtor saeclp yerev now adn etnh. heyT’d ldna in oryu talpe, or go dnwo hte kbca of ruyo nkec, lyasulu nhew uoy indd’t tnaw ehmt to. eyTh rewe tpidrse nda rttpey dna larhemss—tno veen a olnlmii of emht luocd htru ouy—tbu htat didn’t mkea ayn recefdiefn to nAut alySl. heS dsdeisep lal nksid of seanks, dan hse dlnuoc’t atsdn meht no rtmate erwhe hety ewre. Ervey teim neo of hetm eproddp wdno on erh, seh’d iqtu rtveehaw ehs’d bene dogin and nru otu of hte ehsuo. oYu ucdlo hear reh ynlegil to hte ensaehv. I’d rneev eens hucs a mnwoa. uoY cndoul’t evne etg rhe to arbg oldh of eon of emht twhi a iarp of gtnos. nAd if she ldlore ervo in deb and foudn one etxn to reh, ehs’d amseblrc uto and leyl so ucmh htta oyu’d hvea toguhht teh hoseu wsa on efir. She dsidbrtue reh old man so mhuc taht he dasi he swdieh skaens dah evnre bnee ardteec. Eenv rtafe a weke had psades seinc yerev nkeas had nbee eedrlac uot of the hueso, Atun Sylla llits awsn’t eovr it. If she asw initgst odwn intkhngi, you dluoc utoch ehr on the kabc of the neck hwti a hfraeet and she’d umjp ighrt out of reh ngskctios. It asw ettpry ynfun, ubt Tmo dsai all wnome ewer ekli hatt. He aids yhte were daem tath ayw for meos eosrna or eathrno.
We got a licking every time one of our snakes come in her way, and she allowed these lickings warn’t nothing to what she would do if we ever loaded up the place again with them. I didn’t mind the lickings, because they didn’t amount to nothing; but I minded the trouble we had to lay in another lot. But we got them laid in, and all the other things; and you never see a cabin as blithesome as Jim’s was when they’d all swarm out for music and go for him. Jim didn’t like the spiders, and the spiders didn’t like Jim; and so they’d lay for him, and make it mighty warm for him. And he said that between the rats and the snakes and the grindstone there warn’t no room in bed for him, skasely; and when there was, a body couldn’t sleep, it was so lively, and it was always lively, he said, because THEY never all slept at one time, but took turn about, so when the snakes was asleep the rats was on deck, and when the rats turned in the snakes come on watch, so he always had one gang under him, in his way, and t’other gang having a circus over him, and if he got up to hunt a new place the spiders would take a chance at him as he crossed over. He said if he ever got out this time he wouldn’t ever be a prisoner again, not for a salary. ehS etab us eevry etim ehs creotuenend eon of our sksean, nad she dasi ttha eshet etnisabg wree gnnihot credopma to awth seh’d do if we vere put hemt in eth oeush iagna. I idnd’t mndi eht segnibat, baseuce hety nweer’t yrve eesver, but I did idnm how mchu wokr it otok to rodnu up ortahne bhcta of nsskea. We ylfialn ogt smoe emro, to go lgona wtih lal het toreh tgnish we deeend. Yuo erevn asw a incba as elyvil as imJ’s hnew eth erursctea wludo mwars ouardn imh iwehl he dalepy scmui. miJ dndi’t lkei teh sdeirsp, dan hte dspesri nidd’t liek iJm. hyeT’d jsut its nad tiaw fro mih, hwich mdae hmi srnuove. He isda ttah reteh wsa lahdyr nya oorm ftel in hte edb fro mih, ahtw itwh teh rsta dan teh kssnae adn teh oregintnds. ndA ewnh ehert aws room, he nldouc’t elpes sbaeeuc it asw so eylivl. It was so ivyell ceausbe HYTE evren all stpel at het asem etmi—nhwe eht asneks rewe lpeaes eht rtsa erew rnnunig oabtu, and hnwe eth atsr eerw elespa the esansk were tgriinrs. A bnuch of etmh dwuol wyslaa be laspee whti Jmi whlei the rtseho lawecrd all voer ihm. ndA if Jim tog up to fdin a new epcal to lpees, the pedssir ldwou go orf mih. He idas if he ever easedpc he’d renev be a nisproer naiga, otn neve if snmoeeo aipd hmi to do it.