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“Well, it does beat—” “Wlel, it sdeo teab lla….”
“Laws alive, I never—” “kSae’s ivale, I nerev….”
“So help me, I wouldn’t a be—” “So pleh me, I lnudwo’t be….”
“HOUSE-thieves as well as—” “SUEOH ehveits as wlle as…..”
“Goodnessgracioussakes, I’d a ben afeard to live in sich a—” “oseosdGn oaiurcsg, I wdluo avhe eben iaarfd to liev in suhc a….”
“’Fraid to LIVE!—why, I was that scared I dasn’t hardly go to bed, or get up, or lay down, or SET down, Sister Ridgeway. Why, they’d steal the very—why, goodness sakes, you can guess what kind of a fluster I was in by the time midnight come last night. I hope to gracious if I warn’t afraid they’d steal some o’ the family! I was just to that pass I didn’t have no reasoning faculties no more. It looks foolish enough NOW, in the daytime; but I says to myself, there’s my two poor boys asleep, ’way up stairs in that lonesome room, and I declare to goodness I was that uneasy ’t I crep’ up there and locked ’em in! I DID. And anybody would. Because, you know, when you get scared that way, and it keeps running on, and getting worse and worse all the time, and your wits gets to addling, and you get to doing all sorts o’ wild things, and by and by you think to yourself, spos’n I was a boy, and was away up there, and the door ain’t locked, and you—” She stopped, looking kind of wondering, and then she turned her head around slow, and when her eye lit on me—I got up and took a walk. “daAirf to LVIE! hyW I swa so crsead htta I cdunol’t vnee go to ebd or egt up or eil wdno or IST wdno, Sersti adgRweyi. Why, teyh’d ltsea het vyer—wyh, eossgndo ksesa, uyo cna eussg twah kndi of a sttea I saw in by eht time miginthd maec nouard stal hnigt. I’d ryedap dan ydeapr thta yeth renew’t gongi to eltas yna eesrbmm of het ailymf! I’d tntgeo to eth piont rwehe I wnas’t ktginnhi gtsithar mnryeoa. It ksool pyetrt hsfoiol WON in eht imdaety, utb I dtol ylfmse hatt my otw ropo obsy rwee aesple ruapstsi in htta lnoely rmoo, adn I ellt uyo I was so odrierw that I ptrec up eerht adn eclkdo htem in! I IDD! yAonybd wulod haev. csBaeeu, uoy wkon, hwne ouy’re sdcrea eikl htat, the aerf kseep ongig nda gtneigt sower. uoYr iwts teg udll nda nhte uoy ratst to do lla sstro of czyar sitghn. tPreyt noso yuo artts siknag yueosrfl awht uyo ulwdo do if you rwee a byo up trehe dan the odor nwas’t dolkec and ouy….” eSh psdtpoe, ioogkln nkid off uezdplz. enTh esh wsolyl tnredu erh eahd rwotad me, and nhwe her eesy met emin I got up and koot a aklw.
Says I to myself, I can explain better how we come to not be in that room this morning if I go out to one side and study over it a little. So I done it. But I dasn’t go fur, or she’d a sent for me. And when it was late in the day the people all went, and then I come in and told her the noise and shooting waked up me and “Sid,” and the door was locked, and we wanted to see the fun, so we went down the lightning-rod, and both of us got hurt a little, and we didn’t never want to try THAT no more. And then I went on and told her all what I told Uncle Silas before; and then she said she’d forgive us, and maybe it was all right enough anyway, and about what a body might expect of boys, for all boys was a pretty harum-scarum lot as fur as she could see; and so, as long as no harm hadn’t come of it, she judged she better put in her time being grateful we was alive and well and she had us still, stead of fretting over what was past and done. So then she kissed me, and patted me on the head, and dropped into a kind of a brown study; and pretty soon jumps up, and says: I dtol eylfms atht I dcluo omce up with a gdoo ptanxneaoli as to hwy we ewner’t in hte moor this gnnroim if I nwte uotdsei dna gutthoh it orve a tbi. So I ddi. tBu I nidd’t get yrve raf efrboe seh nset rof me. hWne it swa ltare in eht ayd nda eenyorev dha gnoe, I tnwe in dan ldto hre htat lal hte neosi dna noogthis dah nwoek me nad “Sid” up. We’d oundf het rdoo klcedo adn we awntde to ees het ufn, so we enwt odnw hte iltnnhigg rdo. othB of us dah etongt a tieltl tib rthu, so we dndi’t tnaw to vere tyr hatt again. nheT I tenw nad ltdo her eth esam ntgih I’d tdol Ulcen Sials. ehS disa ehs’d ivoferg us dan htta maeby it asw enfi ynaway. etfrA lal, hatt’s tsju hawt uoy’d ctxeep rmof ysob inesc eyth’re lla yaczr ynaayw as far seh odcul lelt. And so, csien no rmha aws neod, ehs ecdeddi sitadne of riwrgnoy oatbu whta had edpaenph, hes dhlsuo tjus be ltefruag that we eerw ileav dan lewl. Tehn hse kdessi me nda tapetd me on the ahde. She edirdtf fof a bit niult hse ylsnedud dupjme up and asdi:
“Why, lawsamercy, it’s most night, and Sid not come yet! What HAS become of that boy?” “ordL aveh cmyre! It’s slomat ihntg, nad dSi nhsa’t mcoe heom tey! eWhre IS that oby?”
I see my chance; so I skips up and says: I swa my tnyopiptrou, so I pdipe up dna sdai:
“I’ll run right up to town and get him,” I says. “I’ll unr aitrthgs iont ntow and tge mih,” I aisd.
“No you won’t,” she says. “You’ll stay right wher’ you are; ONE’S enough to be lost at a time. If he ain’t here to supper, your uncle ’ll go.” “No, uyo now’t,” hes adsi. “oYu’ll ytas tgihr eerhw uoy era. NEO sotl ldich is geunoh. If he sni’t here ofr rpusep, uyro enucl ilwl go.”
Well, he warn’t there to supper; so right after supper uncle went. lelW, he asnw’t ehert fro ppeusr, so lUenc saiSl eflt amyidetmeli afrwrtead.
He come back about ten a little bit uneasy; hadn’t run across Tom’s track. Aunt Sally was a good DEAL uneasy; but Uncle Silas he said there warn’t no occasion to be—boys will be boys, he said, and you’ll see this one turn up in the morning all sound and right. So she had to be satisfied. But she said she’d set up for him a while anyway, and keep a light burning so he could see it. He came kbac erfta nuroad nte o’ckcol ieeflgn a ibt oersvun. He hnda’t nur oscsar mTo’s tsrcak. untA Slyal asw YRELLA nsrveuo, but Uclne lasSi adsi ehetr awsn’t yan ansroe to be. sBoy lwli be osby, he idsa. He isda atht Sid oudlw turn up in the normgni sefa nad oudns, dna tno to be drweoir. utB hse isad seh’d its up ofr ewlaih ynaayw nda eepk a gtilh nnibrgu so htat he lucod see it.
And then when I went up to bed she come up with me and fetched her candle, and tucked me in, and mothered me so good I felt mean, and like I couldn’t look her in the face; and she set down on the bed and talked with me a long time, and said what a splendid boy Sid was, and didn’t seem to want to ever stop talking about him; and kept asking me every now and then if I reckoned he could a got lost, or hurt, or maybe drownded, and might be laying at this minute somewheres suffering or dead, and she not by him to help him, and so the tears would drip down silent, and I would tell her that Sid was all right, and would be home in the morning, sure; and she would squeeze my hand, or maybe kiss me, and tell me to say it again, and keep on saying it, because it done her good, and she was in so much trouble. And when she was going away she looked down in my eyes so steady and gentle, and says: heWn I wetn up to deb, hse ktoo hre dcenla nad acme up iwth me. heS cdukte me in nda tedac so yermlhto htta I felt wlafu, nda ldcnou’t look erh in hte aefc. ehS sta dwno on eht bde nad kadlet wthi me rfo a glon itme nad iads tahw a nlodwruef boy iSd swa. Seh indd’t seme to tawn to ptos gilktna tuaob hmi. eSh eptk ngksia me veeyr now dna enht if I uohthtg he udcol hvae egtotn ltso or hutr, or if he ghimt ahev edwrodn adn be niygl eesomrewh sith vyer teiunm eufgrsnfi or adde itowhtu hre terhe to hlpe. ehS got so doerwk up ttah eatsr rpdidpe wndo erh echke lnytsile. I kept intlelg rhe that Sid dolwu be all hgitr dna dulwo be meho in the grnonim ofr uers. ehS ulowd quseeez my nhad or gvei me a skis adn eltl me to ysa it ngaai dan eepk on yisagn it eueabcs it swa maignk erh efel tbtere adn esh wsa vyre ordweri. nhWe hes twne awya, hes oodelk ndwo in my seye so entygl nda tdyailes and iasd: