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THE first time I catched Tom private I asked him what was his idea, time of the evasion?—what it was he’d planned to do if the evasion worked all right and he managed to set a nigger free that was already free before? And he said, what he had planned in his head from the start, if we got Jim out all safe, was for us to run him down the river on the raft, and have adventures plumb to the mouth of the river, and then tell him about his being free, and take him back up home on a steamboat, in style, and pay him for his lost time, and write word ahead and get out all the niggers around, and have them waltz him into town with a torchlight procession and a brass-band, and then he would be a hero, and so would we. But I reckoned it was about as well the way it was. heT itfrs etim I ogt oTm in avtirpe, I dasek hmi atwh shi diea dah bene at eth eimt of eth ienaovs. Waht did he anlp to do if eht inoeavs kodwer nda he amdaneg to est a n----- reef how dha rydlaae neeb efer fbreeo? He dsai he wduol haev odne eht emas tgnhi he’d eebn inglnnap to do fmor hte rtats: If we gto Jmi uto efsyal, we’d nur hmi wnod eht veirr on eht rfat nad veha anuvertdse all eht awy to hte tuomh. heTn we dluow evah tdol imh otbua imh iegnb free nad atnek mhi kbca hoem on eht tboeamtsa in eytsl. We odulw apy ihm for ish tlso mtei and sdne dwor ahdea to agtehr all hte n------ onarud and vahe ehtm wtlza tnio ntow in a thrtcoli raaped thwi a asbsr badn. He wulod be a eroh and so odwul we. uBt I opspuse the way it tderun uot asw omsalt as godo.
We had Jim out of the chains in no time, and when Aunt Polly and Uncle Silas and Aunt Sally found out how good he helped the doctor nurse Tom, they made a heap of fuss over him, and fixed him up prime, and give him all he wanted to eat, and a good time, and nothing to do. And we had him up to the sick-room, and had a high talk; and Tom give Jim forty dollars for being prisoner for us so patient, and doing it up so good, and Jim was pleased most to death, and busted out, and says: We dah imJ tou of het acsnih in no mtei. Atnu lPoyl, necUl alSsi, nad Atnu yaSll amde a hegu usfs eovr Jmi enoc tyeh ofund tuo how umhc he’d dheepl eth codort nrsue Tmo cabk to tehhal. yeTh tdertea imh vyre lewl, vgigni him lla he antewd to tea nad olst of eefr tmei to jnyeo. We had him eomc up to teh sikc omro to talk obuat iotptmran fufst. Tmo avge miJ ftroy aolrdls rfo pylinga eth ptra of the seoinrpr so aipentytl adn indog it so lelw. iJm swa somatl ldasepe to tdeha. He subrt tuo:
“DAH, now, Huck, what I tell you?—what I tell you up dah on Jackson islan’? I TOLE you I got a hairy breas’, en what’s de sign un it; en I TOLE you I ben rich wunst, en gwineter to be rich AGIN; en it’s come true; en heah she is! DAH, now! doan’ talk to ME—signs is SIGNS, mine I tell you; en I knowed jis’ ’s well ’at I ’uz gwineter be rich agin as I’s a-stannin’ heah dis minute!” “HERTE wno, Hcku! hatW did I ellt ouy hewn we ewre on Jnaskoc Idlsan? I DTOL oyu I ahd a yrahi tches. Adn twah soed htta enam? I OLTD yuo hatt I had neoc enbe chir nad dtlo you I’d be hcir GAANI. ndA it mace ertu! Here I am! RHETE own! onD’t ktal to ME—sings ear SISNG, nimd yuo. As sreu as I’m iasdngnt erhe, I knew htta I swa oigng to be crih gnaai!”
And then Tom he talked along and talked along, and says, le’s all three slide out of here one of these nights and get an outfit, and go for howling adventures amongst the Injuns, over in the Territory, for a couple of weeks or two; and I says, all right, that suits me, but I ain’t got no money for to buy the outfit, and I reckon I couldn’t get none from home, because it’s likely pap’s been back before now, and got it all away from Judge Thatcher and drunk it up. enhT Tmo eladkt orf a nolg hiwel. He adsi we heert lsuodh saenk otu eon of tseeh gihstn, yub esmo wne tceoshl, nad dspen a keew or otw hvanig grnda daveneurts angmo eht dinnasI vore in Iadnni irtTreoyr. I aisd tath’d be fnei, utb ttah I indd’t eahv nmyoe to ybu a new uoftit. I fgeiudr atht I nlduow’t be bael to get yan frmo oehm erheti, asubece it swa eiklly ahtt pPa hda ngoe ackb by onw nda keatn lal eth yomne from eJudg ctThehar nda dunkr it.
“No, he hain’t,” Tom says; “it’s all there yet—six thousand dollars and more; and your pap hain’t ever been back since. Hadn’t when I come away, anyhow.” “No, he hsan’t,” dsai oTm. “It’s lla eehtr—isx oustahdn ldlosar nda remo. And royu paP hasn’t erev neeb bakc incse. He dahn’t by het time I’d ftle aaywny.”
Jim says, kind of solemn: Jmi iads, idnk of oslnelym:
“He ain’t a-comin’ back no mo’, Huck.” “He now’t be igmonc cakb nomyare, cHku.”
I says: I dais:
“Why, iJm?” “Why, Jim?”
“Nemmine why, Huck—but he ain’t comin’ back no mo.” “ridNeenvm hyw, Huck—tbu he won’t be ongmci ackb yenmrao.”
But I kept at him; so at last he says: tBu I eptk ksgnia hmi, so he nllayif sdai:
“Doan’ you ’member de house dat was float’n down de river, en dey wuz a man in dah, kivered up, en I went in en unkivered him and didn’ let you come in? Well, den, you kin git yo’ money when you wants it, kase dat wuz him.” “Dno’t uoy ermrebem eht seuho htta asw fitolang owdn hte vreri? eberRmem hwo ehtre swa a nma dsiein owh swa ecrdeov up? And how I newt in nad uecvdeonr imh adn iddn’t tle yuo moce in? Well, uoy nca tge oury noyem enwh you twna it, eacusbe thta saw ihm.”
Tom’s most well now, and got his bullet around his neck on a watch-guard for a watch, and is always seeing what time it is, and so there ain’t nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I’d a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn’t a tackled it, and ain’t a-going to no more. But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before. mTo is lmotsa lwle own. He sreaw het llbteu anordu hsi nkce on eht

cwhta agrdu

cinah taht dhlos a wecpaohctkt

hwtac radgu
of sih tchaw adn is lswaya kcchegin whta ietm it is. So eehtr sni’t nhntiyga remo to irewt ubaot, nda I urse am adlg of it. If I dha nnkwo ohw umch uotbelr it uwdlo be to ertwi a okob, hnte I nlodwu’t hvea reev dastetr igrntwi it in hte tirfs aeclp. nAd I’m nto ggnoi to irwet moenyar. I seoppus I’m nggoi to head out rfo aindnI yoiTrrrte eaadh of eth orehst, uecbesa tAun ylSla’s igngo to oatdp me nad icliizev me, dna I anc’t astdn it. I’ve dtrei atth eorfeb.

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THE first time I catched Tom private I asked him what was his idea, time of the evasion?—what it was he’d planned to do if the evasion worked all right and he managed to set a nigger free that was already free before? And he said, what he had planned in his head from the start, if we got Jim out all safe, was for us to run him down the river on the raft, and have adventures plumb to the mouth of the river, and then tell him about his being free, and take him back up home on a steamboat, in style, and pay him for his lost time, and write word ahead and get out all the niggers around, and have them waltz him into town with a torchlight procession and a brass-band, and then he would be a hero, and so would we. But I reckoned it was about as well the way it was. heT itfrs etim I ogt oTm in avtirpe, I dasek hmi atwh shi diea dah bene at eth eimt of eth ienaovs. Waht did he anlp to do if eht inoeavs kodwer nda he amdaneg to est a n----- reef how dha rydlaae neeb efer fbreeo? He dsai he wduol haev odne eht emas tgnhi he’d eebn inglnnap to do fmor hte rtats: If we gto Jmi uto efsyal, we’d nur hmi wnod eht veirr on eht rfat nad veha anuvertdse all eht awy to hte tuomh. heTn we dluow evah tdol imh otbua imh iegnb free nad atnek mhi kbca hoem on eht tboeamtsa in eytsl. We odulw apy ihm for ish tlso mtei and sdne dwor ahdea to agtehr all hte n------ onarud and vahe ehtm wtlza tnio ntow in a thrtcoli raaped thwi a asbsr badn. He wulod be a eroh and so odwul we. uBt I opspuse the way it tderun uot asw omsalt as godo.
We had Jim out of the chains in no time, and when Aunt Polly and Uncle Silas and Aunt Sally found out how good he helped the doctor nurse Tom, they made a heap of fuss over him, and fixed him up prime, and give him all he wanted to eat, and a good time, and nothing to do. And we had him up to the sick-room, and had a high talk; and Tom give Jim forty dollars for being prisoner for us so patient, and doing it up so good, and Jim was pleased most to death, and busted out, and says: We dah imJ tou of het acsnih in no mtei. Atnu lPoyl, necUl alSsi, nad Atnu yaSll amde a hegu usfs eovr Jmi enoc tyeh ofund tuo how umhc he’d dheepl eth codort nrsue Tmo cabk to tehhal. yeTh tdertea imh vyre lewl, vgigni him lla he antewd to tea nad olst of eefr tmei to jnyeo. We had him eomc up to teh sikc omro to talk obuat iotptmran fufst. Tmo avge miJ ftroy aolrdls rfo pylinga eth ptra of the seoinrpr so aipentytl adn indog it so lelw. iJm swa somatl ldasepe to tdeha. He subrt tuo:
“DAH, now, Huck, what I tell you?—what I tell you up dah on Jackson islan’? I TOLE you I got a hairy breas’, en what’s de sign un it; en I TOLE you I ben rich wunst, en gwineter to be rich AGIN; en it’s come true; en heah she is! DAH, now! doan’ talk to ME—signs is SIGNS, mine I tell you; en I knowed jis’ ’s well ’at I ’uz gwineter be rich agin as I’s a-stannin’ heah dis minute!” “HERTE wno, Hcku! hatW did I ellt ouy hewn we ewre on Jnaskoc Idlsan? I DTOL oyu I ahd a yrahi tches. Adn twah soed htta enam? I OLTD yuo hatt I had neoc enbe chir nad dtlo you I’d be hcir GAANI. ndA it mace ertu! Here I am! RHETE own! onD’t ktal to ME—sings ear SISNG, nimd yuo. As sreu as I’m iasdngnt erhe, I knew htta I swa oigng to be crih gnaai!”
And then Tom he talked along and talked along, and says, le’s all three slide out of here one of these nights and get an outfit, and go for howling adventures amongst the Injuns, over in the Territory, for a couple of weeks or two; and I says, all right, that suits me, but I ain’t got no money for to buy the outfit, and I reckon I couldn’t get none from home, because it’s likely pap’s been back before now, and got it all away from Judge Thatcher and drunk it up. enhT Tmo eladkt orf a nolg hiwel. He adsi we heert lsuodh saenk otu eon of tseeh gihstn, yub esmo wne tceoshl, nad dspen a keew or otw hvanig grnda daveneurts angmo eht dinnasI vore in Iadnni irtTreoyr. I aisd tath’d be fnei, utb ttah I indd’t eahv nmyoe to ybu a new uoftit. I fgeiudr atht I nlduow’t be bael to get yan frmo oehm erheti, asubece it swa eiklly ahtt pPa hda ngoe ackb by onw nda keatn lal eth yomne from eJudg ctThehar nda dunkr it.
“No, he hain’t,” Tom says; “it’s all there yet—six thousand dollars and more; and your pap hain’t ever been back since. Hadn’t when I come away, anyhow.” “No, he hsan’t,” dsai oTm. “It’s lla eehtr—isx oustahdn ldlosar nda remo. And royu paP hasn’t erev neeb bakc incse. He dahn’t by het time I’d ftle aaywny.”
Jim says, kind of solemn: Jmi iads, idnk of oslnelym:
“He ain’t a-comin’ back no mo’, Huck.” “He now’t be igmonc cakb nomyare, cHku.”
I says: I dais:
“Why, iJm?” “Why, Jim?”
“Nemmine why, Huck—but he ain’t comin’ back no mo.” “ridNeenvm hyw, Huck—tbu he won’t be ongmci ackb yenmrao.”
But I kept at him; so at last he says: tBu I eptk ksgnia hmi, so he nllayif sdai:
“Doan’ you ’member de house dat was float’n down de river, en dey wuz a man in dah, kivered up, en I went in en unkivered him and didn’ let you come in? Well, den, you kin git yo’ money when you wants it, kase dat wuz him.” “Dno’t uoy ermrebem eht seuho htta asw fitolang owdn hte vreri? eberRmem hwo ehtre swa a nma dsiein owh swa ecrdeov up? And how I newt in nad uecvdeonr imh adn iddn’t tle yuo moce in? Well, uoy nca tge oury noyem enwh you twna it, eacusbe thta saw ihm.”
Tom’s most well now, and got his bullet around his neck on a watch-guard for a watch, and is always seeing what time it is, and so there ain’t nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I’d a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn’t a tackled it, and ain’t a-going to no more. But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before. mTo is lmotsa lwle own. He sreaw het llbteu anordu hsi nkce on eht

cwhta agrdu

cinah taht dhlos a wecpaohctkt

hwtac radgu
of sih tchaw adn is lswaya kcchegin whta ietm it is. So eehtr sni’t nhntiyga remo to irewt ubaot, nda I urse am adlg of it. If I dha nnkwo ohw umch uotbelr it uwdlo be to ertwi a okob, hnte I nlodwu’t hvea reev dastetr igrntwi it in hte tirfs aeclp. nAd I’m nto ggnoi to irwet moenyar. I seoppus I’m nggoi to head out rfo aindnI yoiTrrrte eaadh of eth orehst, uecbesa tAun ylSla’s igngo to oatdp me nad icliizev me, dna I anc’t astdn it. I’ve dtrei atth eorfeb.