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T"te) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Compete
Author) !ark Twa"n #Samue Cemens$
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P * E 6 A C E
!5ST of the adventures recorded "n th"s book reay occurred@ one or
two were eAper"ences of my own, the rest those of boys who were
schoomates of m"ne% 7uck 6"nn "s drawn from "fe@ Tom Sawyer aso, but
not from an "nd"v"dua''he "s a comb"nat"on of the character"st"cs of
three boys whom 8 knew, and therefore beongs to the compos"te order of
The odd superst"t"ons touched upon were a prevaent among ch"dren
and saves "n the =est at the per"od of th"s story''that "s to say,
Athough my book "s "ntended ma"ny for the enterta"nment of boys and
g"rs, 8 hope "t w" not be shunned by men and women on that account,
for part of my pan has been to try to peasanty rem"nd aduts of what
they once were themseves, and of how they fet and thought and taked,
and what Bueer enterpr"ses they somet"mes engaged "n%
th"rty or forty years ago%
T7E A:T75*%
T 5 ! S A = & E *
;o answer%
;o answer%
C=hatEs gone w"th that boy, 8 wonderF &ou T5!DC
;o answer%
The od ady pued her spectaces down and ooked over them about the
room@ then she put them up and ooked out under them% She sedom or
never ooked T7*5:G7 them for so sma a th"ng as a boy@ they were her
state pa"r, the pr"de of her heart, and were bu"t for Cstye,C not
serv"ce''she coud have seen through a pa"r of stove'"ds just as we%
She ooked perpeAed for a moment, and then sa"d, not f"ercey, but
st" oud enough for the furn"ture to hear)
C=e, 8 ay "f 8 get hod of you 8E''C
She d"d not f"n"sh, for by th"s t"me she was bend"ng down and punch"ng
under the bed w"th the broom, and so she needed breath to punctuate the
punches w"th% She resurrected noth"ng but the cat%
C8 never d"d see the beat of that boyDC
She went to the open door and stood "n "t and ooked out among the
tomato v"nes and Cj"mpsonC weeds that const"tuted the garden% ;o Tom%
So she "fted up her vo"ce at an ange cacuated for d"stance and
C&'o'u'u T5!DC
There was a s"ght no"se beh"nd her and she turned just "n t"me to
se">e a sma boy by the sack of h"s roundabout and arrest h"s f"ght%
CThereD 8 m"ght EaE thought of that coset% =hat you been do"ng "n
C;oth"ngD (ook at your hands% And ook at your mouth% =hat 8S that
C8 donEt know, aunt%C
C=e, 8 know% 8tEs jam''thatEs what "t "s% 6orty t"mes 8Eve sa"d "f
you d"dnEt et that jam aone 8Ed sk"n you% 7and me that sw"tch%C
The sw"tch hovered "n the a"r''the per" was desperate''
C!yD (ook beh"nd you, auntDC
The od ady wh"red round, and snatched her sk"rts out of danger% The
ad fed on the "nstant, scrambed up the h"gh board'fence, and
d"sappeared over "t%
7"s aunt Poy stood surpr"sed a moment, and then broke "nto a gente
C7ang the boy, canEt 8 never earn anyth"ngF A"nEt he payed me tr"cks
enough "ke that for me to be ook"ng out for h"m by th"s t"meF But od
foos "s the b"ggest foos there "s% CanEt earn an od dog new tr"cks,
as the say"ng "s% But my goodness, he never pays them a"ke, two days,
and how "s a body to know whatEs com"ngF 7e Epears to know just how
ong he can torment me before 8 get my dander up, and he knows "f he
can make out to put me off for a m"nute or make me augh, "tEs a down
aga"n and 8 canEt h"t h"m a "ck% 8 a"nEt do"ng my duty by that boy,
and thatEs the (ordEs truth, goodness knows% Spare the rod and sp"e
the ch"d, as the Good Book says% 8Em a ay"ng up s"n and suffer"ng for
us both, 8 know% 7eEs fu of the 5d Scratch, but aws'a'meD heEs my
own dead s"sterEs boy, poor th"ng, and 8 a"nEt got the heart to ash
h"m, somehow% Every t"me 8 et h"m off, my consc"ence does hurt me so,
and every t"me 8 h"t h"m my od heart most breaks% =e'a'we, man
that "s born of woman "s of few days and fu of troube, as the
Scr"pture says, and 8 reckon "tEs so% 7eE pay hookey th"s even"ng, 4
and /4 Southwestern for CafternoonC3 8E just be obeeged to make h"m
work, to'morrow, to pun"sh h"m% 8tEs m"ghty hard to make h"m work
Saturdays, when a the boys "s hav"ng ho"day, but he hates work more
than he hates anyth"ng ese, and 8Eve G5T to do some of my duty by h"m,
or 8E be the ru"nat"on of the ch"d%C
Tom d"d pay hookey, and he had a very good t"me% 7e got back home
barey "n season to hep 9"m, the sma coored boy, saw neAt'dayEs
wood and sp"t the k"nd"ngs before supper''at east he was there "n
t"me to te h"s adventures to 9"m wh"e 9"m d"d three'fourths of the
work% TomEs younger brother #or rather haf'brother$ S"d was aready
through w"th h"s part of the work #p"ck"ng up ch"ps$, for he was a
Bu"et boy, and had no adventurous, troubesome ways%
=h"e Tom was eat"ng h"s supper, and stea"ng sugar as opportun"ty
offered, Aunt Poy asked h"m Buest"ons that were fu of gu"e, and
very deep''for she wanted to trap h"m "nto damag"ng reveaments% ("ke
many other s"mpe'hearted sous, "t was her pet van"ty to be"eve she
was endowed w"th a taent for dark and myster"ous d"pomacy, and she
oved to contempate her most transparent dev"ces as marves of ow
cunn"ng% Sa"d she)
CTom, "t was m"dd"ng warm "n schoo, warnEt "tFC
CPowerfu warm, warnEt "tFC
C+"dnEt you want to go "n a'sw"mm"ng, TomFC
A b"t of a scare shot through Tom''a touch of uncomfortabe susp"c"on%
7e searched Aunt PoyEs face, but "t tod h"m noth"ng% So he sa"d)
C;oEm''we, not very much%C
The od ady reached out her hand and fet TomEs sh"rt, and sa"d)
CBut you a"nEt too warm now, though%C And "t fattered her to refect
that she had d"scovered that the sh"rt was dry w"thout anybody know"ng
that that was what she had "n her m"nd% But "n sp"te of her, Tom knew
where the w"nd ay, now% So he forestaed what m"ght be the neAt move)
CSome of us pumped on our heads''m"neEs damp yet% SeeFC
Aunt Poy was veAed to th"nk she had overooked that b"t of
c"rcumstant"a ev"dence, and m"ssed a tr"ck% Then she had a new
CTom, you d"dnEt have to undo your sh"rt coar where 8 sewed "t, to
pump on your head, d"d youF :nbutton your jacketDC
The troube van"shed out of TomEs face% 7e opened h"s jacket% 7"s
sh"rt coar was securey sewed%
CBotherD =e, go Eong w"th you% 8Ed made sure youEd payed hookey
and been a'sw"mm"ng% But 8 forg"ve ye, Tom% 8 reckon youEre a k"nd of a
s"nged cat, as the say"ng "s''betterEn you ook% T78S t"me%C
She was haf sorry her sagac"ty had m"scarr"ed, and haf gad that Tom
had stumbed "nto obed"ent conduct for once%
But S"dney sa"d)
C=e, now, "f 8 d"dnEt th"nk you sewed h"s coar w"th wh"te thread,
but "tEs back%C
C=hy, 8 d"d sew "t w"th wh"teD TomDC
But Tom d"d not wa"t for the rest% As he went out at the door he sa"d)
CS"ddy, 8E "ck you for that%C
8n a safe pace Tom eAam"ned two arge needes wh"ch were thrust "nto
the apes of h"s jacket, and had thread bound about them''one neede
carr"ed wh"te thread and the other back% 7e sa"d)
CSheEd never not"ced "f "t hadnEt been for S"d% Confound "tD somet"mes
she sews "t w"th wh"te, and somet"mes she sews "t w"th back% 8 w"sh to
geem"ny sheEd st"ck to one or tEother''8 canEt keep the run of Eem% But
8 bet you 8E am S"d for that% 8E earn h"mDC
7e was not the !ode Boy of the v"age% 7e knew the mode boy very
we though''and oathed h"m%
="th"n two m"nutes, or even ess, he had forgotten a h"s troubes%
;ot because h"s troubes were one wh"t ess heavy and b"tter to h"m
than a manEs are to a man, but because a new and powerfu "nterest bore
them down and drove them out of h"s m"nd for the t"me''just as menEs
m"sfortunes are forgotten "n the eAc"tement of new enterpr"ses% Th"s
new "nterest was a vaued novety "n wh"st"ng, wh"ch he had just
acBu"red from a negro, and he was suffer"ng to pract"se "t und"sturbed%
8t cons"sted "n a pecu"ar b"rd'"ke turn, a sort of "Bu"d warbe,
produced by touch"ng the tongue to the roof of the mouth at short
"ntervas "n the m"dst of the mus"c''the reader probaby remembers how
to do "t, "f he has ever been a boy% +""gence and attent"on soon gave
h"m the knack of "t, and he strode down the street w"th h"s mouth fu
of harmony and h"s sou fu of grat"tude% 7e fet much as an
astronomer fees who has d"scovered a new panet''no doubt, as far as
strong, deep, unaoyed peasure "s concerned, the advantage was w"th
the boy, not the astronomer%
The summer even"ngs were ong% 8t was not dark, yet% Presenty Tom
checked h"s wh"ste% A stranger was before h"m''a boy a shade arger
than h"msef% A new'comer of any age or e"ther seA was an "mpress"ve
cur"os"ty "n the poor "tte shabby v"age of St% Petersburg% Th"s boy
was we dressed, too''we dressed on a week'day% Th"s was s"mpy
astound"ng% 7"s cap was a da"nty th"ng, h"s cose'buttoned bue coth
roundabout was new and natty, and so were h"s pantaoons% 7e had shoes
on''and "t was ony 6r"day% 7e even wore a neckt"e, a br"ght b"t of
r"bbon% 7e had a c"t"f"ed a"r about h"m that ate "nto TomEs v"tas% The
more Tom stared at the spend"d marve, the h"gher he turned up h"s
nose at h"s f"nery and the shabb"er and shabb"er h"s own outf"t seemed
to h"m to grow% ;e"ther boy spoke% 8f one moved, the other moved''but
ony s"dew"se, "n a c"rce@ they kept face to face and eye to eye a
the t"me% 6"nay Tom sa"d)
C8 can "ck youDC
C8Ed "ke to see you try "t%C
C=e, 8 can do "t%C
C;o you canEt, e"ther%C
C&es 8 can%C
C;o you canEt%C
C8 can%C
C&ou canEt%C
An uncomfortabe pause% Then Tom sa"d)
C=hatEs your nameFC
CET"snEt any of your bus"ness, maybe%C
C=e 8 Eow 8E !A<E "t my bus"ness%C
C=e why donEt youFC
C8f you say much, 8 w"%C
C!uch''much''!:C7% There now%C
C5h, you th"nk youEre m"ghty smart, +5;ET youF 8 coud "ck you w"th
one hand t"ed beh"nd me, "f 8 wanted to%C
C=e why donEt you +5 "tF &ou SA& you can do "t%C
C=e 8 =8((, "f you foo w"th me%C
C5h yes''8Eve seen whoe fam""es "n the same f"A%C
CSmartyD &ou th"nk youEre S5!E, now, +5;ET youF 5h, what a hatDC
C&ou can ump that hat "f you donEt "ke "t% 8 dare you to knock "t
off''and anybody thatE take a dare w" suck eggs%C
C&ouEre a "arDC
C&ouEre another%C
C&ouEre a f"ght"ng "ar and dasnEt take "t up%C
CAw''take a wakDC
CSay''"f you g"ve me much more of your sass 8E take and bounce a
rock offEn your head%C
C5h, of C5:*SE you w"%C
C=e 8 =8((%C
C=e why donEt you +5 "t thenF =hat do you keep SA&8;G you w" forF
=hy donEt you +5 "tF 8tEs because youEre afra"d%C
C8 A8;ET afra"d%C
C&ou are%C
C8 a"nEt%C
C&ou are%C
Another pause, and more ey"ng and s"d"ng around each other% Presenty
they were shouder to shouder% Tom sa"d)
CGet away from hereDC
CGo away yoursefDC
C8 wonEt%C
C8 wonEt e"ther%C
So they stood, each w"th a foot paced at an ange as a brace, and
both shov"ng w"th m"ght and ma"n, and gower"ng at each other w"th
hate% But ne"ther coud get an advantage% After strugg"ng t" both
were hot and fushed, each reaAed h"s stra"n w"th watchfu caut"on,
and Tom sa"d)
C&ouEre a coward and a pup% 8E te my b"g brother on you, and he
can thrash you w"th h"s "tte f"nger, and 8E make h"m do "t, too%C
C=hat do 8 care for your b"g brotherF 8Eve got a brother thatEs b"gger
than he "s''and whatEs more, he can throw h"m over that fence, too%C
/Both brothers were "mag"nary%3
CThatEs a "e%C
C&5:* say"ng so donEt make "t so%C
Tom drew a "ne "n the dust w"th h"s b"g toe, and sa"d)
C8 dare you to step over that, and 8E "ck you t" you canEt stand
up% Anybody thatE take a dare w" stea sheep%C
The new boy stepped over prompty, and sa"d)
C;ow you sa"d youEd do "t, now etEs see you do "t%C
C+onEt you crowd me now@ you better ook out%C
C=e, you SA8+ youEd do "t''why donEt you do "tFC
CBy j"ngoD for two cents 8 =8(( do "t%C
The new boy took two broad coppers out of h"s pocket and hed them out
w"th der"s"on% Tom struck them to the ground% 8n an "nstant both boys
were ro"ng and tumb"ng "n the d"rt, gr"pped together "ke cats@ and
for the space of a m"nute they tugged and tore at each otherEs ha"r and
cothes, punched and scratched each otherEs nose, and covered
themseves w"th dust and gory% Presenty the confus"on took form, and
through the fog of batte Tom appeared, seated astr"de the new boy, and
pound"ng h"m w"th h"s f"sts% C7oer EnuffDC sa"d he%
The boy ony strugged to free h"msef% 7e was cry"ng''ma"ny from rage%
C7oer EnuffDC''and the pound"ng went on%
At ast the stranger got out a smothered CE;uffDC and Tom et h"m up
and sa"d)
C;ow thatE earn you% Better ook out who youEre foo"ng w"th neAt
The new boy went off brush"ng the dust from h"s cothes, sobb"ng,
snuff"ng, and occas"onay ook"ng back and shak"ng h"s head and
threaten"ng what he woud do to Tom the CneAt t"me he caught h"m out%C
To wh"ch Tom responded w"th jeers, and started off "n h"gh feather, and
as soon as h"s back was turned the new boy snatched up a stone, threw
"t and h"t h"m between the shouders and then turned ta" and ran "ke
an anteope% Tom chased the tra"tor home, and thus found out where he
"ved% 7e then hed a pos"t"on at the gate for some t"me, dar"ng the
enemy to come outs"de, but the enemy ony made faces at h"m through the
w"ndow and dec"ned% At ast the enemyEs mother appeared, and caed
Tom a bad, v"c"ous, vugar ch"d, and ordered h"m away% So he went
away@ but he sa"d he CEowedC to CayC for that boy%
7e got home pretty ate that n"ght, and when he c"mbed caut"ousy "n
at the w"ndow, he uncovered an ambuscade, "n the person of h"s aunt@
and when she saw the state h"s cothes were "n her resout"on to turn
h"s Saturday ho"day "nto capt"v"ty at hard abor became adamant"ne "n
"ts f"rmness%
C7APTE* 88
SAT:*+A& morn"ng was come, and a the summer word was br"ght and
fresh, and br"mm"ng w"th "fe% There was a song "n every heart@ and "f
the heart was young the mus"c "ssued at the "ps% There was cheer "n
every face and a spr"ng "n every step% The ocust'trees were "n boom
and the fragrance of the bossoms f"ed the a"r% Card"ff 7", beyond
the v"age and above "t, was green w"th vegetat"on and "t ay just far
enough away to seem a +eectabe (and, dreamy, reposefu, and "nv"t"ng%
Tom appeared on the s"dewak w"th a bucket of wh"tewash and a
ong'handed brush% 7e surveyed the fence, and a gadness eft h"m and
a deep meanchoy setted down upon h"s sp"r"t% Th"rty yards of board
fence n"ne feet h"gh% ("fe to h"m seemed hoow, and eA"stence but a
burden% S"gh"ng, he d"pped h"s brush and passed "t aong the topmost
pank@ repeated the operat"on@ d"d "t aga"n@ compared the "ns"gn"f"cant
wh"tewashed streak w"th the far'reach"ng cont"nent of unwh"tewashed
fence, and sat down on a tree'boA d"scouraged% 9"m came sk"pp"ng out at
the gate w"th a t"n pa", and s"ng"ng Buffao Gas% Br"ng"ng water from
the town pump had aways been hatefu work "n TomEs eyes, before, but
now "t d"d not str"ke h"m so% 7e remembered that there was company at
the pump% =h"te, muatto, and negro boys and g"rs were aways there
wa"t"ng the"r turns, rest"ng, trad"ng payth"ngs, Buarre"ng,
f"ght"ng, skyark"ng% And he remembered that athough the pump was ony
a hundred and f"fty yards off, 9"m never got back w"th a bucket of
water under an hour''and even then somebody generay had to go after
h"m% Tom sa"d)
CSay, 9"m, 8E fetch the water "f youE wh"tewash some%C
9"m shook h"s head and sa"d)
CCanEt, !ars Tom% 5e m"ss"s, she toe me 8 got to go anE g"t d"s
water anE not stop foo"nE rounE w"d anybody% She say she specE !ars
Tom gw"ne to aA me to wh"tewash, anE so she toe me go Eong anE Etend
to my own bus"ness''she Eowed S7EE+ Etend to de wh"tewash"nE%C
C5h, never you m"nd what she sa"d, 9"m% ThatEs the way she aways
taks% G"mme the bucket''8 wonEt be gone ony a a m"nute% S7E wonEt
ever know%C
C5h, 8 dasnEt, !ars Tom% 5e m"ss"s sheEd take anE tar de head offEn
me% E+eed she woud%C
CS7ED She never "cks anybody''whacks Eem over the head w"th her
th"mbe''and who cares for that, 8Ed "ke to know% She taks awfu, but
tak donEt hurt''anyways "t donEt "f she donEt cry% 9"m, 8E g"ve you
a marve% 8E g"ve you a wh"te aeyDC
9"m began to waver%
C=h"te aey, 9"mD And "tEs a buy taw%C
C!yD +atEs a m"ghty gay marve, 8 te youD But !ars Tom 8Es powerfu
Efra"d oe m"ss"s''C
CAnd bes"des, "f you w" 8E show you my sore toe%C
9"m was ony human''th"s attract"on was too much for h"m% 7e put down
h"s pa", took the wh"te aey, and bent over the toe w"th absorb"ng
"nterest wh"e the bandage was be"ng unwound% 8n another moment he was
fy"ng down the street w"th h"s pa" and a t"ng"ng rear, Tom was
wh"tewash"ng w"th v"gor, and Aunt Poy was ret"r"ng from the f"ed
w"th a s"pper "n her hand and tr"umph "n her eye%
But TomEs energy d"d not ast% 7e began to th"nk of the fun he had
panned for th"s day, and h"s sorrows mut"p"ed% Soon the free boys
woud come tr"pp"ng aong on a sorts of de"c"ous eAped"t"ons, and
they woud make a word of fun of h"m for hav"ng to work''the very
thought of "t burnt h"m "ke f"re% 7e got out h"s wordy weath and
eAam"ned "t''b"ts of toys, marbes, and trash@ enough to buy an
eAchange of =5*<, maybe, but not haf enough to buy so much as haf an
hour of pure freedom% So he returned h"s stra"tened means to h"s
pocket, and gave up the "dea of try"ng to buy the boys% At th"s dark
and hopeess moment an "nsp"rat"on burst upon h"mD ;oth"ng ess than a
great, magn"f"cent "nsp"rat"on%
7e took up h"s brush and went tranBu"y to work% Ben *ogers hove "n
s"ght presenty''the very boy, of a boys, whose r"d"cue he had been
dread"ng% BenEs ga"t was the hop'sk"p'and'jump''proof enough that h"s
heart was "ght and h"s ant"c"pat"ons h"gh% 7e was eat"ng an appe, and
g"v"ng a ong, meod"ous whoop, at "ntervas, foowed by a deep'toned
d"ng'dong'dong, d"ng'dong'dong, for he was personat"ng a steamboat% As
he drew near, he sackened speed, took the m"dde of the street, eaned
far over to starboard and rounded to ponderousy and w"th abor"ous
pomp and c"rcumstance''for he was personat"ng the B"g !"ssour", and
cons"dered h"msef to be draw"ng n"ne feet of water% 7e was boat and
capta"n and eng"ne'bes comb"ned, so he had to "mag"ne h"msef
stand"ng on h"s own hurr"cane'deck g"v"ng the orders and eAecut"ng them)
CStop her, s"rD T"ng'a'"ng'"ngDC The headway ran amost out, and he
drew up sowy toward the s"dewak%
CSh"p up to backD T"ng'a'"ng'"ngDC 7"s arms stra"ghtened and
st"ffened down h"s s"des%
CSet her back on the stabboardD T"ng'a'"ng'"ngD ChowD ch'chow'wowD
ChowDC 7"s r"ght hand, meant"me, descr"b"ng statey c"rces''for "t was
represent"ng a forty'foot whee%
C(et her go back on the abboardD T"ng'a'"ng"ngD Chow'ch'chow'chowDC
The eft hand began to descr"be c"rces%
CStop the stabboardD T"ng'a'"ng'"ngD Stop the abboardD Come ahead
on the stabboardD Stop herD (et your outs"de turn over sowD
T"ng'a'"ng'"ngD Chow'ow'owD Get out that head'"neD (8?E(& nowD
Come''out w"th your spr"ng'"ne''whatEre you about thereD Take a turn
round that stump w"th the b"ght of "tD Stand by that stage, now''et her
goD +one w"th the eng"nes, s"rD T"ng'a'"ng'"ngD S7ETD SE7ETD S7ETDC
#try"ng the gauge'cocks$%
Tom went on wh"tewash"ng''pa"d no attent"on to the steamboat% Ben
stared a moment and then sa"d) C7"'&8D &5:E*E up a stump, a"nEt youDC
;o answer% Tom surveyed h"s ast touch w"th the eye of an art"st, then
he gave h"s brush another gente sweep and surveyed the resut, as
before% Ben ranged up aongs"de of h"m% TomEs mouth watered for the
appe, but he stuck to h"s work% Ben sa"d)
C7eo, od chap, you got to work, heyFC
Tom wheeed suddeny and sa"d)
C=hy, "tEs you, BenD 8 warnEt not"c"ng%C
CSay''8Em go"ng "n a'sw"mm"ng, 8 am% +onEt you w"sh you coudF But of
course youEd druther =5*<''woudnEt youF Course you woudDC
Tom contempated the boy a b"t, and sa"d)
C=hat do you ca workFC
C=hy, a"nEt T7AT workFC
Tom resumed h"s wh"tewash"ng, and answered careessy)
C=e, maybe "t "s, and maybe "t a"nEt% A 8 know, "s, "t su"ts Tom
C5h come, now, you donEt mean to et on that you (8<E "tFC
The brush cont"nued to move%
C("ke "tF =e, 8 donEt see why 8 oughtnEt to "ke "t% +oes a boy get
a chance to wh"tewash a fence every dayFC
That put the th"ng "n a new "ght% Ben stopped n"bb"ng h"s appe% Tom
swept h"s brush da"nt"y back and forth''stepped back to note the
effect''added a touch here and there''cr"t"c"sed the effect aga"n''Ben
watch"ng every move and gett"ng more and more "nterested, more and more
absorbed% Presenty he sa"d)
CSay, Tom, et !E wh"tewash a "tte%C
Tom cons"dered, was about to consent@ but he atered h"s m"nd)
C;o''no''8 reckon "t woudnEt hardy do, Ben% &ou see, Aunt PoyEs
awfu part"cuar about th"s fence''r"ght here on the street, you know
''but "f "t was the back fence 8 woudnEt m"nd and S7E woudnEt% &es,
sheEs awfu part"cuar about th"s fence@ "tEs got to be done very
carefu@ 8 reckon there a"nEt one boy "n a thousand, maybe two
thousand, that can do "t the way "tEs got to be done%C
C;o''"s that soF 5h come, now''emme just try% 5ny just a "tte''8Ed
et &5:, "f you was me, Tom%C
CBen, 8Ed "ke to, honest "njun@ but Aunt Poy''we, 9"m wanted to
do "t, but she woudnEt et h"m@ S"d wanted to do "t, and she woudnEt
et S"d% ;ow donEt you see how 8Em f"AedF 8f you was to tacke th"s
fence and anyth"ng was to happen to "t''C
C5h, shucks, 8E be just as carefu% ;ow emme try% Say''8E g"ve
you the core of my appe%C
C=e, here'';o, Ben, now donEt% 8Em afeard''C
C8E g"ve you A(( of "tDC
Tom gave up the brush w"th reuctance "n h"s face, but aacr"ty "n h"s
heart% And wh"e the ate steamer B"g !"ssour" worked and sweated "n
the sun, the ret"red art"st sat on a barre "n the shade cose by,
danged h"s egs, munched h"s appe, and panned the saughter of more
"nnocents% There was no ack of mater"a@ boys happened aong every
"tte wh"e@ they came to jeer, but rema"ned to wh"tewash% By the t"me
Ben was fagged out, Tom had traded the neAt chance to B"y 6"sher for
a k"te, "n good repa"r@ and when he payed out, 9ohnny !"er bought "n
for a dead rat and a str"ng to sw"ng "t w"th''and so on, and so on,
hour after hour% And when the m"dde of the afternoon came, from be"ng
a poor poverty'str"cken boy "n the morn"ng, Tom was "teray ro"ng
"n weath% 7e had bes"des the th"ngs before ment"oned, tweve marbes,
part of a jews'harp, a p"ece of bue botte'gass to ook through, a
spoo cannon, a key that woudnEt unock anyth"ng, a fragment of chak,
a gass stopper of a decanter, a t"n sod"er, a coupe of tadpoes, s"A
f"re'crackers, a k"tten w"th ony one eye, a brass doorknob, a
dog'coar''but no dog''the hande of a kn"fe, four p"eces of
orange'pee, and a d"ap"dated od w"ndow sash%
7e had had a n"ce, good, "de t"me a the wh"e''penty of company
''and the fence had three coats of wh"tewash on "tD 8f he hadnEt run out
of wh"tewash he woud have bankrupted every boy "n the v"age%
Tom sa"d to h"msef that "t was not such a hoow word, after a% 7e
had d"scovered a great aw of human act"on, w"thout know"ng "t''namey,
that "n order to make a man or a boy covet a th"ng, "t "s ony
necessary to make the th"ng d"ff"cut to atta"n% 8f he had been a great
and w"se ph"osopher, "ke the wr"ter of th"s book, he woud now have
comprehended that =ork cons"sts of whatever a body "s 5B(8GE+ to do,
and that Pay cons"sts of whatever a body "s not ob"ged to do% And
th"s woud hep h"m to understand why construct"ng art"f"c"a fowers
or perform"ng on a tread'm" "s work, wh"e ro"ng ten'p"ns or
c"mb"ng !ont Banc "s ony amusement% There are weathy gentemen "n
Engand who dr"ve four'horse passenger'coaches twenty or th"rty m"es
on a da"y "ne, "n the summer, because the pr"v"ege costs them
cons"derabe money@ but "f they were offered wages for the serv"ce,
that woud turn "t "nto work and then they woud res"gn%
The boy mused awh"e over the substant"a change wh"ch had taken pace
"n h"s wordy c"rcumstances, and then wended toward headBuarters to
C7APTE* 888
T5! presented h"msef before Aunt Poy, who was s"tt"ng by an open
w"ndow "n a peasant rearward apartment, wh"ch was bedroom,
breakfast'room, d"n"ng'room, and "brary, comb"ned% The bamy summer
a"r, the restfu Bu"et, the odor of the fowers, and the drows"ng murmur
of the bees had had the"r effect, and she was nodd"ng over her kn"tt"ng
''for she had no company but the cat, and "t was aseep "n her ap% 7er
spectaces were propped up on her gray head for safety% She had thought
that of course Tom had deserted ong ago, and she wondered at see"ng h"m
pace h"msef "n her power aga"n "n th"s "ntrep"d way% 7e sa"d) C!aynEt
8 go and pay now, auntFC
C=hat, aEreadyF 7ow much have you doneFC
C8tEs a done, aunt%C
CTom, donEt "e to me''8 canEt bear "t%C
C8 a"nEt, aunt@ "t 8S a done%C
Aunt Poy paced sma trust "n such ev"dence% She went out to see
for hersef@ and she woud have been content to f"nd twenty per cent%
of TomEs statement true% =hen she found the ent"re fence wh"tewashed,
and not ony wh"tewashed but eaboratey coated and recoated, and even
a streak added to the ground, her aston"shment was amost unspeakabe%
She sa"d)
C=e, 8 neverD ThereEs no gett"ng round "t, you can work when youEre
a m"nd to, Tom%C And then she d"uted the comp"ment by add"ng, CBut
"tEs powerfu sedom youEre a m"nd to, 8Em bound to say% =e, go Eong
and pay@ but m"nd you get back some t"me "n a week, or 8E tan you%C
She was so overcome by the spendor of h"s ach"evement that she took
h"m "nto the coset and seected a cho"ce appe and de"vered "t to
h"m, aong w"th an "mprov"ng ecture upon the added vaue and favor a
treat took to "tsef when "t came w"thout s"n through v"rtuous effort%
And wh"e she cosed w"th a happy Scr"ptura four"sh, he ChookedC a
Then he sk"pped out, and saw S"d just start"ng up the outs"de sta"rway
that ed to the back rooms on the second foor% Cods were handy and
the a"r was fu of them "n a tw"nk"ng% They raged around S"d "ke a
ha"'storm@ and before Aunt Poy coud coect her surpr"sed facut"es
and say to the rescue, s"A or seven cods had taken persona effect,
and Tom was over the fence and gone% There was a gate, but as a genera
th"ng he was too crowded for t"me to make use of "t% 7"s sou was at
peace, now that he had setted w"th S"d for ca"ng attent"on to h"s
back thread and gett"ng h"m "nto troube%
Tom sk"rted the bock, and came round "nto a muddy aey that ed by
the back of h"s auntEs cow'stabe% 7e presenty got safey beyond the
reach of capture and pun"shment, and hastened toward the pub"c sBuare
of the v"age, where two Cm""taryC compan"es of boys had met for
conf"ct, accord"ng to prev"ous appo"ntment% Tom was Genera of one of
these arm"es, 9oe 7arper #a bosom fr"end$ Genera of the other% These
two great commanders d"d not condescend to f"ght "n person''that be"ng
better su"ted to the st" smaer fry''but sat together on an em"nence
and conducted the f"ed operat"ons by orders de"vered through
a"des'de'camp% TomEs army won a great v"ctory, after a ong and
hard'fought batte% Then the dead were counted, pr"soners eAchanged,
the terms of the neAt d"sagreement agreed upon, and the day for the
necessary batte appo"nted@ after wh"ch the arm"es fe "nto "ne and
marched away, and Tom turned homeward aone%
As he was pass"ng by the house where 9eff Thatcher "ved, he saw a new
g"r "n the garden''a ovey "tte bue'eyed creature w"th yeow ha"r
pa"ted "nto two ong'ta"s, wh"te summer frock and embro"dered
pantaettes% The fresh'crowned hero fe w"thout f"r"ng a shot% A
certa"n Amy (awrence van"shed out of h"s heart and eft not even a
memory of hersef beh"nd% 7e had thought he oved her to d"stract"on@
he had regarded h"s pass"on as adorat"on@ and behod "t was ony a poor
"tte evanescent part"a"ty% 7e had been months w"nn"ng her@ she had
confessed hardy a week ago@ he had been the happ"est and the proudest
boy "n the word ony seven short days, and here "n one "nstant of t"me
she had gone out of h"s heart "ke a casua stranger whose v"s"t "s
7e worsh"pped th"s new ange w"th furt"ve eye, t" he saw that she
had d"scovered h"m@ then he pretended he d"d not know she was present,
and began to Cshow offC "n a sorts of absurd boy"sh ways, "n order to
w"n her adm"rat"on% 7e kept up th"s grotesBue foo"shness for some
t"me@ but by'and'by, wh"e he was "n the m"dst of some dangerous
gymnast"c performances, he ganced as"de and saw that the "tte g"r
was wend"ng her way toward the house% Tom came up to the fence and
eaned on "t, gr"ev"ng, and hop"ng she woud tarry yet awh"e onger%
She hated a moment on the steps and then moved toward the door% Tom
heaved a great s"gh as she put her foot on the threshod% But h"s face
"t up, r"ght away, for she tossed a pansy over the fence a moment
before she d"sappeared%
The boy ran around and stopped w"th"n a foot or two of the fower, and
then shaded h"s eyes w"th h"s hand and began to ook down street as "f
he had d"scovered someth"ng of "nterest go"ng on "n that d"rect"on%
Presenty he p"cked up a straw and began try"ng to baance "t on h"s
nose, w"th h"s head t"ted far back@ and as he moved from s"de to s"de,
"n h"s efforts, he edged nearer and nearer toward the pansy@ f"nay
h"s bare foot rested upon "t, h"s p"ant toes cosed upon "t, and he
hopped away w"th the treasure and d"sappeared round the corner% But
ony for a m"nute''ony wh"e he coud button the fower "ns"de h"s
jacket, neAt h"s heart''or neAt h"s stomach, poss"by, for he was not
much posted "n anatomy, and not hypercr"t"ca, anyway%
7e returned, now, and hung about the fence t" n"ghtfa, Cshow"ng
off,C as before@ but the g"r never eAh"b"ted hersef aga"n, though Tom
comforted h"msef a "tte w"th the hope that she had been near some
w"ndow, meant"me, and been aware of h"s attent"ons% 6"nay he strode
home reuctanty, w"th h"s poor head fu of v"s"ons%
A through supper h"s sp"r"ts were so h"gh that h"s aunt wondered
Cwhat had got "nto the ch"d%C 7e took a good scod"ng about codd"ng
S"d, and d"d not seem to m"nd "t "n the east% 7e tr"ed to stea sugar
under h"s auntEs very nose, and got h"s knuckes rapped for "t% 7e sa"d)
CAunt, you donEt whack S"d when he takes "t%C
C=e, S"d donEt torment a body the way you do% &ouEd be aways "nto
that sugar "f 8 warnEt watch"ng you%C
Presenty she stepped "nto the k"tchen, and S"d, happy "n h"s
"mmun"ty, reached for the sugar'bow''a sort of gory"ng over Tom wh"ch
was wen"gh unbearabe% But S"dEs f"ngers s"pped and the bow dropped
and broke% Tom was "n ecstas"es% 8n such ecstas"es that he even
controed h"s tongue and was s"ent% 7e sa"d to h"msef that he woud
not speak a word, even when h"s aunt came "n, but woud s"t perfecty
st" t" she asked who d"d the m"sch"ef@ and then he woud te, and
there woud be noth"ng so good "n the word as to see that pet mode
Ccatch "t%C 7e was so br"mfu of eAutat"on that he coud hardy hod
h"msef when the od ady came back and stood above the wreck
d"scharg"ng "ghtn"ngs of wrath from over her spectaces% 7e sa"d to
h"msef, C;ow "tEs com"ngDC And the neAt "nstant he was spraw"ng on
the foorD The potent pam was up"fted to str"ke aga"n when Tom cr"ed
C7od on, now, what Eer you bet"ng !E forF''S"d broke "tDC
Aunt Poy paused, perpeAed, and Tom ooked for hea"ng p"ty% But
when she got her tongue aga"n, she ony sa"d)
C:mfD =e, you d"dnEt get a "ck am"ss, 8 reckon% &ou been "nto some
other audac"ous m"sch"ef when 8 wasnEt around, "ke enough%C
Then her consc"ence reproached her, and she yearned to say someth"ng
k"nd and ov"ng@ but she judged that th"s woud be construed "nto a
confess"on that she had been "n the wrong, and d"sc"p"ne forbade that%
So she kept s"ence, and went about her affa"rs w"th a troubed heart%
Tom suked "n a corner and eAated h"s woes% 7e knew that "n her heart
h"s aunt was on her knees to h"m, and he was morosey grat"f"ed by the
consc"ousness of "t% 7e woud hang out no s"gnas, he woud take not"ce
of none% 7e knew that a yearn"ng gance fe upon h"m, now and then,
through a f"m of tears, but he refused recogn"t"on of "t% 7e p"ctured
h"msef y"ng s"ck unto death and h"s aunt bend"ng over h"m beseech"ng
one "tte forg"v"ng word, but he woud turn h"s face to the wa, and
d"e w"th that word unsa"d% Ah, how woud she fee thenF And he p"ctured
h"msef brought home from the r"ver, dead, w"th h"s curs a wet, and
h"s sore heart at rest% 7ow she woud throw hersef upon h"m, and how
her tears woud fa "ke ra"n, and her "ps pray God to g"ve her back
her boy and she woud never, never abuse h"m any moreD But he woud "e
there cod and wh"te and make no s"gn''a poor "tte sufferer, whose
gr"efs were at an end% 7e so worked upon h"s fee"ngs w"th the pathos
of these dreams, that he had to keep swaow"ng, he was so "ke to
choke@ and h"s eyes swam "n a bur of water, wh"ch overfowed when he
w"nked, and ran down and tr"cked from the end of h"s nose% And such a
uAury to h"m was th"s pett"ng of h"s sorrows, that he coud not bear
to have any wordy cheer"ness or any grat"ng de"ght "ntrude upon "t@
"t was too sacred for such contact@ and so, presenty, when h"s cous"n
!ary danced "n, a a"ve w"th the joy of see"ng home aga"n after an
age'ong v"s"t of one week to the country, he got up and moved "n
couds and darkness out at one door as she brought song and sunsh"ne "n
at the other%
7e wandered far from the accustomed haunts of boys, and sought
desoate paces that were "n harmony w"th h"s sp"r"t% A og raft "n the
r"ver "nv"ted h"m, and he seated h"msef on "ts outer edge and
contempated the dreary vastness of the stream, w"sh"ng, the wh"e,
that he coud ony be drowned, a at once and unconsc"ousy, w"thout
undergo"ng the uncomfortabe rout"ne dev"sed by nature% Then he thought
of h"s fower% 7e got "t out, rumped and w"ted, and "t m"ght"y
"ncreased h"s d"sma fe"c"ty% 7e wondered "f she woud p"ty h"m "f she
knewF =oud she cry, and w"sh that she had a r"ght to put her arms
around h"s neck and comfort h"mF 5r woud she turn cody away "ke a
the hoow wordF Th"s p"cture brought such an agony of peasurabe
suffer"ng that he worked "t over and over aga"n "n h"s m"nd and set "t
up "n new and var"ed "ghts, t" he wore "t threadbare% At ast he
rose up s"gh"ng and departed "n the darkness%
About haf'past n"ne or ten oEcock he came aong the deserted street
to where the Adored :nknown "ved@ he paused a moment@ no sound fe
upon h"s "sten"ng ear@ a cande was cast"ng a du gow upon the
curta"n of a second'story w"ndow% =as the sacred presence thereF 7e
c"mbed the fence, threaded h"s steathy way through the pants, t"
he stood under that w"ndow@ he ooked up at "t ong, and w"th emot"on@
then he a"d h"m down on the ground under "t, d"spos"ng h"msef upon
h"s back, w"th h"s hands casped upon h"s breast and hod"ng h"s poor
w"ted fower% And thus he woud d"e''out "n the cod word, w"th no
sheter over h"s homeess head, no fr"endy hand to w"pe the
death'damps from h"s brow, no ov"ng face to bend p"ty"ngy over h"m
when the great agony came% And thus S7E woud see h"m when she ooked
out upon the gad morn"ng, and ohD woud she drop one "tte tear upon
h"s poor, "feess form, woud she heave one "tte s"gh to see a br"ght
young "fe so rudey b"ghted, so unt"mey cut downF
The w"ndow went up, a ma"d'servantEs d"scordant vo"ce profaned the
hoy cam, and a deuge of water drenched the prone martyrEs rema"nsD
The strang"ng hero sprang up w"th a re"ev"ng snort% There was a wh">
as of a m"ss"e "n the a"r, m"nged w"th the murmur of a curse, a sound
as of sh"ver"ng gass foowed, and a sma, vague form went over the
fence and shot away "n the goom%
;ot ong after, as Tom, a undressed for bed, was survey"ng h"s
drenched garments by the "ght of a taow d"p, S"d woke up@ but "f he
had any d"m "dea of mak"ng any Creferences to aus"ons,C he thought
better of "t and hed h"s peace, for there was danger "n TomEs eye%
Tom turned "n w"thout the added veAat"on of prayers, and S"d made
menta note of the om"ss"on%
C7APTE* 8?
T7E sun rose upon a tranBu" word, and beamed down upon the peacefu
v"age "ke a bened"ct"on% Breakfast over, Aunt Poy had fam"y
worsh"p) "t began w"th a prayer bu"t from the ground up of so"d
courses of Scr"ptura Buotat"ons, weded together w"th a th"n mortar of
or"g"na"ty@ and from the summ"t of th"s she de"vered a gr"m chapter
of the !osa"c (aw, as from S"na"%
Then Tom g"rded up h"s o"ns, so to speak, and went to work to Cget
h"s verses%C S"d had earned h"s esson days before% Tom bent a h"s
energ"es to the memor">"ng of f"ve verses, and he chose part of the
Sermon on the !ount, because he coud f"nd no verses that were shorter%
At the end of haf an hour Tom had a vague genera "dea of h"s esson,
but no more, for h"s m"nd was travers"ng the whoe f"ed of human
thought, and h"s hands were busy w"th d"stract"ng recreat"ons% !ary
took h"s book to hear h"m rec"te, and he tr"ed to f"nd h"s way through
the fog)
CBessed are the''a''a''C
C&es''poor@ bessed are the poor''a''a''C
C8n sp"r"t''C
C8n sp"r"t@ bessed are the poor "n sp"r"t, for they''they''C
C6or T7E8*S% Bessed are the poor "n sp"r"t, for the"rs "s the k"ngdom
of heaven% Bessed are they that mourn, for they''they''C
C6or they''a''C
CS, 7, A''C
C6or they S, 7''5h, 8 donEt know what "t "sDC
C5h, S7A((D for they sha''for they sha''a''a''sha mourn''a''a''
bessed are they that sha''they that''a''they that sha mourn, for
they sha''a''sha =7ATF =hy donEt you te me, !aryF''what do you
want to be so mean forFC
C5h, Tom, you poor th"ck'headed th"ng, 8Em not teas"ng you% 8 woudnEt
do that% &ou must go and earn "t aga"n% +onEt you be d"scouraged, Tom,
youE manage "t''and "f you do, 8E g"ve you someth"ng ever so n"ce%
There, now, thatEs a good boy%C
CA r"ghtD =hat "s "t, !ary, te me what "t "s%C
C;ever you m"nd, Tom% &ou know "f 8 say "tEs n"ce, "t "s n"ce%C
C&ou bet you thatEs so, !ary% A r"ght, 8E tacke "t aga"n%C
And he d"d Ctacke "t aga"nC''and under the doube pressure of
cur"os"ty and prospect"ve ga"n he d"d "t w"th such sp"r"t that he
accomp"shed a sh"n"ng success% !ary gave h"m a brand'new CBarowC
kn"fe worth tweve and a haf cents@ and the convus"on of de"ght that
swept h"s system shook h"m to h"s foundat"ons% True, the kn"fe woud
not cut anyth"ng, but "t was a Csure'enoughC Barow, and there was
"nconce"vabe grandeur "n that''though where the =estern boys ever got
the "dea that such a weapon coud poss"by be counterfe"ted to "ts
"njury "s an "mpos"ng mystery and w" aways rema"n so, perhaps% Tom
contr"ved to scar"fy the cupboard w"th "t, and was arrang"ng to beg"n
on the bureau, when he was caed off to dress for Sunday'schoo%
!ary gave h"m a t"n bas"n of water and a p"ece of soap, and he went
outs"de the door and set the bas"n on a "tte bench there@ then he
d"pped the soap "n the water and a"d "t down@ turned up h"s seeves@
poured out the water on the ground, genty, and then entered the
k"tchen and began to w"pe h"s face d""genty on the towe beh"nd the
door% But !ary removed the towe and sa"d)
C;ow a"nEt you ashamed, Tom% &ou mustnEt be so bad% =ater wonEt hurt
Tom was a tr"fe d"sconcerted% The bas"n was ref"ed, and th"s t"me
he stood over "t a "tte wh"e, gather"ng resout"on@ took "n a b"g
breath and began% =hen he entered the k"tchen presenty, w"th both eyes
shut and grop"ng for the towe w"th h"s hands, an honorabe test"mony
of suds and water was dr"pp"ng from h"s face% But when he emerged from
the towe, he was not yet sat"sfactory, for the cean terr"tory stopped
short at h"s ch"n and h"s jaws, "ke a mask@ beow and beyond th"s "ne
there was a dark eApanse of un"rr"gated so" that spread downward "n
front and backward around h"s neck% !ary took h"m "n hand, and when she
was done w"th h"m he was a man and a brother, w"thout d"st"nct"on of
coor, and h"s saturated ha"r was neaty brushed, and "ts short curs
wrought "nto a da"nty and symmetr"ca genera effect% /7e pr"vatey
smoothed out the curs, w"th abor and d"ff"cuty, and pastered h"s
ha"r cose down to h"s head@ for he hed curs to be effem"nate, and
h"s own f"ed h"s "fe w"th b"tterness%3 Then !ary got out a su"t of
h"s coth"ng that had been used ony on Sundays dur"ng two years''they
were s"mpy caed h"s Cother cothesC''and so by that we know the
s">e of h"s wardrobe% The g"r Cput h"m to r"ghtsC after he had dressed
h"msef@ she buttoned h"s neat roundabout up to h"s ch"n, turned h"s
vast sh"rt coar down over h"s shouders, brushed h"m off and crowned
h"m w"th h"s specked straw hat% 7e now ooked eAceed"ngy "mproved and
uncomfortabe% 7e was fuy as uncomfortabe as he ooked@ for there
was a restra"nt about whoe cothes and cean"ness that gaed h"m% 7e
hoped that !ary woud forget h"s shoes, but the hope was b"ghted@ she
coated them thoroughy w"th taow, as was the custom, and brought them
out% 7e ost h"s temper and sa"d he was aways be"ng made to do
everyth"ng he d"dnEt want to do% But !ary sa"d, persuas"vey)
CPease, Tom''thatEs a good boy%C
So he got "nto the shoes snar"ng% !ary was soon ready, and the three
ch"dren set out for Sunday'schoo''a pace that Tom hated w"th h"s
whoe heart@ but S"d and !ary were fond of "t%
Sabbath'schoo hours were from n"ne to haf'past ten@ and then church
serv"ce% Two of the ch"dren aways rema"ned for the sermon
vountar"y, and the other aways rema"ned too''for stronger reasons%
The churchEs h"gh'backed, uncush"oned pews woud seat about three
hundred persons@ the ed"f"ce was but a sma, pa"n affa"r, w"th a sort
of p"ne board tree'boA on top of "t for a steepe% At the door Tom
dropped back a step and accosted a Sunday'dressed comrade)
CSay, B"y, got a yaer t"cketFC
C=hatE you take for herFC
C=hatE you g"veFC
CP"ece of "ckr"sh and a f"sh'hook%C
C(ess see Eem%C
Tom eAh"b"ted% They were sat"sfactory, and the property changed hands%
Then Tom traded a coupe of wh"te aeys for three red t"ckets, and
some sma tr"fe or other for a coupe of bue ones% 7e waya"d other
boys as they came, and went on buy"ng t"ckets of var"ous coors ten or
f"fteen m"nutes onger% 7e entered the church, now, w"th a swarm of
cean and no"sy boys and g"rs, proceeded to h"s seat and started a
Buarre w"th the f"rst boy that came handy% The teacher, a grave,
edery man, "nterfered@ then turned h"s back a moment and Tom pued a
boyEs ha"r "n the neAt bench, and was absorbed "n h"s book when the boy
turned around@ stuck a p"n "n another boy, presenty, "n order to hear
h"m say C5uchDC and got a new repr"mand from h"s teacher% TomEs whoe
cass were of a pattern''restess, no"sy, and troubesome% =hen they
came to rec"te the"r essons, not one of them knew h"s verses
perfecty, but had to be prompted a aong% 7owever, they worr"ed
through, and each got h"s reward''"n sma bue t"ckets, each w"th a
passage of Scr"pture on "t@ each bue t"cket was pay for two verses of
the rec"tat"on% Ten bue t"ckets eBuaed a red one, and coud be
eAchanged for "t@ ten red t"ckets eBuaed a yeow one@ for ten yeow
t"ckets the super"ntendent gave a very pa"ny bound B"be #worth forty
cents "n those easy t"mes$ to the pup"% 7ow many of my readers woud
have the "ndustry and app"cat"on to memor">e two thousand verses, even
for a +ore B"beF And yet !ary had acBu"red two B"bes "n th"s way''"t
was the pat"ent work of two years''and a boy of German parentage had
won four or f"ve% 7e once rec"ted three thousand verses w"thout
stopp"ng@ but the stra"n upon h"s menta facut"es was too great, and
he was "tte better than an "d"ot from that day forth''a gr"evous
m"sfortune for the schoo, for on great occas"ons, before company, the
super"ntendent #as Tom eApressed "t$ had aways made th"s boy come out
and Cspread h"msef%C 5ny the oder pup"s managed to keep the"r
t"ckets and st"ck to the"r ted"ous work ong enough to get a B"be, and
so the de"very of one of these pr">es was a rare and noteworthy
c"rcumstance@ the successfu pup" was so great and consp"cuous for
that day that on the spot every schoarEs heart was f"red w"th a fresh
amb"t"on that often asted a coupe of weeks% 8t "s poss"be that TomEs
menta stomach had never reay hungered for one of those pr">es, but
unBuest"onaby h"s ent"re be"ng had for many a day onged for the gory
and the ecat that came w"th "t%
8n due course the super"ntendent stood up "n front of the pup"t, w"th
a cosed hymn'book "n h"s hand and h"s foref"nger "nserted between "ts
eaves, and commanded attent"on% =hen a Sunday'schoo super"ntendent
makes h"s customary "tte speech, a hymn'book "n the hand "s as
necessary as "s the "nev"tabe sheet of mus"c "n the hand of a s"nger
who stands forward on the patform and s"ngs a soo at a concert
''though why, "s a mystery) for ne"ther the hymn'book nor the sheet of
mus"c "s ever referred to by the sufferer% Th"s super"ntendent was a
s"m creature of th"rty'f"ve, w"th a sandy goatee and short sandy ha"r@
he wore a st"ff stand"ng'coar whose upper edge amost reached h"s
ears and whose sharp po"nts curved forward abreast the corners of h"s
mouth''a fence that compeed a stra"ght ookout ahead, and a turn"ng
of the whoe body when a s"de v"ew was reBu"red@ h"s ch"n was propped
on a spread"ng cravat wh"ch was as broad and as ong as a bank'note,
and had fr"nged ends@ h"s boot toes were turned sharpy up, "n the
fash"on of the day, "ke se"gh'runners''an effect pat"enty and
abor"ousy produced by the young men by s"tt"ng w"th the"r toes
pressed aga"nst a wa for hours together% !r% =aters was very earnest
of m"en, and very s"ncere and honest at heart@ and he hed sacred
th"ngs and paces "n such reverence, and so separated them from wordy
matters, that unconsc"ousy to h"msef h"s Sunday'schoo vo"ce had
acBu"red a pecu"ar "ntonat"on wh"ch was whoy absent on week'days% 7e
began after th"s fash"on)
C;ow, ch"dren, 8 want you a to s"t up just as stra"ght and pretty
as you can and g"ve me a your attent"on for a m"nute or two% There
''that "s "t% That "s the way good "tte boys and g"rs shoud do% 8 see
one "tte g"r who "s ook"ng out of the w"ndow''8 am afra"d she
th"nks 8 am out there somewhere''perhaps up "n one of the trees mak"ng
a speech to the "tte b"rds% /Appaus"ve t"tter%3 8 want to te you
how good "t makes me fee to see so many br"ght, cean "tte faces
assembed "n a pace "ke th"s, earn"ng to do r"ght and be good%C And
so forth and so on% 8t "s not necessary to set down the rest of the
orat"on% 8t was of a pattern wh"ch does not vary, and so "t "s fam""ar
to us a%
The atter th"rd of the speech was marred by the resumpt"on of f"ghts
and other recreat"ons among certa"n of the bad boys, and by f"dget"ngs
and wh"sper"ngs that eAtended far and w"de, wash"ng even to the bases
of "soated and "ncorrupt"be rocks "ke S"d and !ary% But now every
sound ceased suddeny, w"th the subs"dence of !r% =atersE vo"ce, and
the concus"on of the speech was rece"ved w"th a burst of s"ent
A good part of the wh"sper"ng had been occas"oned by an event wh"ch
was more or ess rare''the entrance of v"s"tors) awyer Thatcher,
accompan"ed by a very feebe and aged man@ a f"ne, porty, m"dde'aged
genteman w"th "ron'gray ha"r@ and a d"gn"f"ed ady who was doubtess
the atterEs w"fe% The ady was ead"ng a ch"d% Tom had been restess
and fu of chaf"ngs and rep"n"ngs@ consc"ence'sm"tten, too''he coud
not meet Amy (awrenceEs eye, he coud not brook her ov"ng ga>e% But
when he saw th"s sma new'comer h"s sou was a aba>e w"th b"ss "n
a moment% The neAt moment he was Cshow"ng offC w"th a h"s m"ght
''cuff"ng boys, pu"ng ha"r, mak"ng faces''"n a word, us"ng every art
that seemed "key to fasc"nate a g"r and w"n her appause% 7"s
eAatat"on had but one aoy''the memory of h"s hum""at"on "n th"s
angeEs garden''and that record "n sand was fast wash"ng out, under
the waves of happ"ness that were sweep"ng over "t now%
The v"s"tors were g"ven the h"ghest seat of honor, and as soon as !r%
=atersE speech was f"n"shed, he "ntroduced them to the schoo% The
m"dde'aged man turned out to be a prod"g"ous personage''no ess a one
than the county judge''atogether the most august creat"on these
ch"dren had ever ooked upon''and they wondered what k"nd of mater"a
he was made of''and they haf wanted to hear h"m roar, and were haf
afra"d he m"ght, too% 7e was from Constant"nope, tweve m"es away''so
he had traveed, and seen the word''these very eyes had ooked upon
the county court'house''wh"ch was sa"d to have a t"n roof% The awe
wh"ch these refect"ons "nsp"red was attested by the "mpress"ve s"ence
and the ranks of star"ng eyes% Th"s was the great 9udge Thatcher,
brother of the"r own awyer% 9eff Thatcher "mmed"atey went forward, to
be fam""ar w"th the great man and be env"ed by the schoo% 8t woud
have been mus"c to h"s sou to hear the wh"sper"ngs)
C(ook at h"m, 9"mD 7eEs a go"ng up there% Say''ookD heEs a go"ng to
shake hands w"th h"m''he 8S shak"ng hands w"th h"mD By j"ngs, donEt you
w"sh you was 9effFC
!r% =aters fe to Cshow"ng off,C w"th a sorts of off"c"a
bust"ngs and act"v"t"es, g"v"ng orders, de"ver"ng judgments,
d"scharg"ng d"rect"ons here, there, everywhere that he coud f"nd a
target% The "brar"an Cshowed offC''runn"ng h"ther and th"ther w"th h"s
arms fu of books and mak"ng a dea of the sputter and fuss that
"nsect author"ty de"ghts "n% The young ady teachers Cshowed offC
''bend"ng sweety over pup"s that were atey be"ng boAed, "ft"ng
pretty warn"ng f"ngers at bad "tte boys and patt"ng good ones
ov"ngy% The young gentemen teachers Cshowed offC w"th sma
scod"ngs and other "tte d"spays of author"ty and f"ne attent"on to
d"sc"p"ne''and most of the teachers, of both seAes, found bus"ness up
at the "brary, by the pup"t@ and "t was bus"ness that freBuenty had
to be done over aga"n two or three t"mes #w"th much seem"ng veAat"on$%
The "tte g"rs Cshowed offC "n var"ous ways, and the "tte boys
Cshowed offC w"th such d""gence that the a"r was th"ck w"th paper wads
and the murmur of scuff"ngs% And above "t a the great man sat and
beamed a majest"c jud"c"a sm"e upon a the house, and warmed h"msef
"n the sun of h"s own grandeur''for he was Cshow"ng off,C too%
There was ony one th"ng want"ng to make !r% =atersE ecstasy
compete, and that was a chance to de"ver a B"be'pr">e and eAh"b"t a
prod"gy% Severa pup"s had a few yeow t"ckets, but none had enough
''he had been around among the star pup"s "nBu"r"ng% 7e woud have g"ven
words, now, to have that German ad back aga"n w"th a sound m"nd%
And now at th"s moment, when hope was dead, Tom Sawyer came forward
w"th n"ne yeow t"ckets, n"ne red t"ckets, and ten bue ones, and
demanded a B"be% Th"s was a thunderbot out of a cear sky% =aters
was not eApect"ng an app"cat"on from th"s source for the neAt ten
years% But there was no gett"ng around "t''here were the cert"f"ed
checks, and they were good for the"r face% Tom was therefore eevated
to a pace w"th the 9udge and the other eect, and the great news was
announced from headBuarters% 8t was the most stunn"ng surpr"se of the
decade, and so profound was the sensat"on that "t "fted the new hero
up to the jud"c"a oneEs at"tude, and the schoo had two marves to
ga>e upon "n pace of one% The boys were a eaten up w"th envy''but
those that suffered the b"tterest pangs were those who perce"ved too
ate that they themseves had contr"buted to th"s hated spendor by
trad"ng t"ckets to Tom for the weath he had amassed "n se"ng
wh"tewash"ng pr"v"eges% These desp"sed themseves, as be"ng the dupes
of a w"y fraud, a gu"efu snake "n the grass%
The pr">e was de"vered to Tom w"th as much effus"on as the
super"ntendent coud pump up under the c"rcumstances@ but "t acked
somewhat of the true gush, for the poor feowEs "nst"nct taught h"m
that there was a mystery here that coud not we bear the "ght,
perhaps@ "t was s"mpy preposterous that th"s boy had warehoused two
thousand sheaves of Scr"ptura w"sdom on h"s prem"ses''a do>en woud
stra"n h"s capac"ty, w"thout a doubt%
Amy (awrence was proud and gad, and she tr"ed to make Tom see "t "n
her face''but he woudnEt ook% She wondered@ then she was just a gra"n
troubed@ neAt a d"m susp"c"on came and went''came aga"n@ she watched@
a furt"ve gance tod her words''and then her heart broke, and she was
jeaous, and angry, and the tears came and she hated everybody% Tom
most of a #she thought$%
Tom was "ntroduced to the 9udge@ but h"s tongue was t"ed, h"s breath
woud hardy come, h"s heart Buaked''party because of the awfu
greatness of the man, but ma"ny because he was her parent% 7e woud
have "ked to fa down and worsh"p h"m, "f "t were "n the dark% The
9udge put h"s hand on TomEs head and caed h"m a f"ne "tte man, and
asked h"m what h"s name was% The boy stammered, gasped, and got "t out)
C5h, no, not Tom''"t "s''C
CAh, thatEs "t% 8 thought there was more to "t, maybe% ThatEs very
we% But youEve another one 8 daresay, and youE te "t to me, wonEt
CTe the genteman your other name, Thomas,C sa"d =aters, Cand say
s"r% &ou mustnEt forget your manners%C
CThomas Sawyer''s"r%C
CThatEs "tD ThatEs a good boy% 6"ne boy% 6"ne, many "tte feow%
Two thousand verses "s a great many''very, very great many% And you
never can be sorry for the troube you took to earn them@ for
knowedge "s worth more than anyth"ng there "s "n the word@ "tEs what
makes great men and good men@ youE be a great man and a good man
yoursef, some day, Thomas, and then youE ook back and say, 8tEs a
ow"ng to the prec"ous Sunday'schoo pr"v"eges of my boyhood''"tEs a
ow"ng to my dear teachers that taught me to earn''"tEs a ow"ng to
the good super"ntendent, who encouraged me, and watched over me, and
gave me a beaut"fu B"be''a spend"d eegant B"be''to keep and have
"t a for my own, aways''"tEs a ow"ng to r"ght br"ng"ng upD That "s
what you w" say, Thomas''and you woudnEt take any money for those
two thousand verses''no "ndeed you woudnEt% And now you woudnEt m"nd
te"ng me and th"s ady some of the th"ngs youEve earned''no, 8 know
you woudnEt''for we are proud of "tte boys that earn% ;ow, no
doubt you know the names of a the tweve d"sc"pes% =onEt you te us
the names of the f"rst two that were appo"ntedFC
Tom was tugg"ng at a button'hoe and ook"ng sheep"sh% 7e bushed,
now, and h"s eyes fe% !r% =atersE heart sank w"th"n h"m% 7e sa"d to
h"msef, "t "s not poss"be that the boy can answer the s"mpest
Buest"on''why +8+ the 9udge ask h"mF &et he fet ob"ged to speak up
and say)
CAnswer the genteman, Thomas''donEt be afra"d%C
Tom st" hung f"re%
C;ow 8 know youE te me,C sa"d the ady% CThe names of the f"rst
two d"sc"pes were''C
C+A?8+ A;+ G5(8A7DC
(et us draw the curta"n of char"ty over the rest of the scene%
AB5:T haf'past ten the cracked be of the sma church began to
r"ng, and presenty the peope began to gather for the morn"ng sermon%
The Sunday'schoo ch"dren d"str"buted themseves about the house and
occup"ed pews w"th the"r parents, so as to be under superv"s"on% Aunt
Poy came, and Tom and S"d and !ary sat w"th her''Tom be"ng paced
neAt the a"se, "n order that he m"ght be as far away from the open
w"ndow and the seduct"ve outs"de summer scenes as poss"be% The crowd
f"ed up the a"ses) the aged and needy postmaster, who had seen better
days@ the mayor and h"s w"fe''for they had a mayor there, among other
unnecessar"es@ the just"ce of the peace@ the w"dow +ougass, fa"r,
smart, and forty, a generous, good'hearted sou and we'to'do, her
h" mans"on the ony paace "n the town, and the most hosp"tabe and
much the most av"sh "n the matter of fest"v"t"es that St% Petersburg
coud boast@ the bent and venerabe !ajor and !rs% =ard@ awyer
*"verson, the new notabe from a d"stance@ neAt the bee of the
v"age, foowed by a troop of awn'cad and r"bbon'decked young
heart'breakers@ then a the young cerks "n town "n a body''for they
had stood "n the vest"bue suck"ng the"r cane'heads, a c"rc"ng wa of
o"ed and s"mper"ng adm"rers, t" the ast g"r had run the"r gantet@
and ast of a came the !ode Boy, =""e !ufferson, tak"ng as heedfu
care of h"s mother as "f she were cut gass% 7e aways brought h"s
mother to church, and was the pr"de of a the matrons% The boys a
hated h"m, he was so good% And bes"des, he had been Cthrown up to themC
so much% 7"s wh"te handkerch"ef was hang"ng out of h"s pocket beh"nd, as
usua on Sundays''acc"dentay% Tom had no handkerch"ef, and he ooked
upon boys who had as snobs%
The congregat"on be"ng fuy assembed, now, the be rang once more,
to warn aggards and straggers, and then a soemn hush fe upon the
church wh"ch was ony broken by the t"tter"ng and wh"sper"ng of the
cho"r "n the gaery% The cho"r aways t"ttered and wh"spered a
through serv"ce% There was once a church cho"r that was not "'bred,
but 8 have forgotten where "t was, now% 8t was a great many years ago,
and 8 can scarcey remember anyth"ng about "t, but 8 th"nk "t was "n
some fore"gn country%
The m"n"ster gave out the hymn, and read "t through w"th a re"sh, "n
a pecu"ar stye wh"ch was much adm"red "n that part of the country%
7"s vo"ce began on a med"um key and c"mbed stead"y up t" "t reached
a certa"n po"nt, where "t bore w"th strong emphas"s upon the topmost
word and then punged down as "f from a spr"ng'board)
Sha 8 be car'r"'ed toe the sk"es, on fowEry BE+S of ease,
=h"st others f"ght to w"n the pr">e, and sa" throE B(55+& seasF
7e was regarded as a wonderfu reader% At church Csoc"abesC he was
aways caed upon to read poetry@ and when he was through, the ad"es
woud "ft up the"r hands and et them fa hepessy "n the"r aps,
and CwaC the"r eyes, and shake the"r heads, as much as to say, C=ords
cannot eApress "t@ "t "s too beaut"fu, T55 beaut"fu for th"s morta
After the hymn had been sung, the *ev% !r% Sprague turned h"msef "nto
a buet"n'board, and read off Cnot"cesC of meet"ngs and soc"et"es and
th"ngs t" "t seemed that the "st woud stretch out to the crack of
doom''a Bueer custom wh"ch "s st" kept up "n Amer"ca, even "n c"t"es,
away here "n th"s age of abundant newspapers% 5ften, the ess there "s
to just"fy a trad"t"ona custom, the harder "t "s to get r"d of "t%
And now the m"n"ster prayed% A good, generous prayer "t was, and went
"nto deta"s) "t peaded for the church, and the "tte ch"dren of the
church@ for the other churches of the v"age@ for the v"age "tsef@
for the county@ for the State@ for the State off"cers@ for the :n"ted
States@ for the churches of the :n"ted States@ for Congress@ for the
Pres"dent@ for the off"cers of the Government@ for poor sa"ors, tossed
by stormy seas@ for the oppressed m""ons groan"ng under the hee of
European monarch"es and 5r"enta despot"sms@ for such as have the "ght
and the good t"d"ngs, and yet have not eyes to see nor ears to hear
w"tha@ for the heathen "n the far "sands of the sea@ and cosed w"th
a supp"cat"on that the words he was about to speak m"ght f"nd grace
and favor, and be as seed sown "n fert"e ground, y"ed"ng "n t"me a
gratefu harvest of good% Amen%
There was a rust"ng of dresses, and the stand"ng congregat"on sat
down% The boy whose h"story th"s book reates d"d not enjoy the prayer,
he ony endured "t''"f he even d"d that much% 7e was rest"ve a
through "t@ he kept tay of the deta"s of the prayer, unconsc"ousy
''for he was not "sten"ng, but he knew the ground of od, and the
cergymanEs reguar route over "t''and when a "tte tr"fe of new
matter was "nterarded, h"s ear detected "t and h"s whoe nature
resented "t@ he cons"dered add"t"ons unfa"r, and scoundrey% 8n the
m"dst of the prayer a fy had "t on the back of the pew "n front of
h"m and tortured h"s sp"r"t by camy rubb"ng "ts hands together,
embrac"ng "ts head w"th "ts arms, and po"sh"ng "t so v"gorousy that
"t seemed to amost part company w"th the body, and the sender thread
of a neck was eAposed to v"ew@ scrap"ng "ts w"ngs w"th "ts h"nd egs
and smooth"ng them to "ts body as "f they had been coat'ta"s@ go"ng
through "ts whoe to"et as tranBu"y as "f "t knew "t was perfecty
safe% As "ndeed "t was@ for as sorey as TomEs hands "tched to grab for
"t they d"d not dare''he be"eved h"s sou woud be "nstanty destroyed
"f he d"d such a th"ng wh"e the prayer was go"ng on% But w"th the
cos"ng sentence h"s hand began to curve and stea forward@ and the
"nstant the CAmenC was out the fy was a pr"soner of war% 7"s aunt
detected the act and made h"m et "t go%
The m"n"ster gave out h"s teAt and droned aong monotonousy through
an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod
''and yet "t was an argument that deat "n "m"tess f"re and br"mstone
and th"nned the predest"ned eect down to a company so sma as to be
hardy worth the sav"ng% Tom counted the pages of the sermon@ after
church he aways knew how many pages there had been, but he sedom knew
anyth"ng ese about the d"scourse% 7owever, th"s t"me he was reay
"nterested for a "tte wh"e% The m"n"ster made a grand and mov"ng
p"cture of the assemb"ng together of the wordEs hosts at the
m"enn"um when the "on and the amb shoud "e down together and a
"tte ch"d shoud ead them% But the pathos, the esson, the mora of
the great spectace were ost upon the boy@ he ony thought of the
consp"cuousness of the pr"nc"pa character before the on'ook"ng
nat"ons@ h"s face "t w"th the thought, and he sa"d to h"msef that he
w"shed he coud be that ch"d, "f "t was a tame "on%
;ow he apsed "nto suffer"ng aga"n, as the dry argument was resumed%
Presenty he bethought h"m of a treasure he had and got "t out% 8t was
a arge back beete w"th form"dabe jaws''a Cp"nchbug,C he caed "t%
8t was "n a percuss"on'cap boA% The f"rst th"ng the beete d"d was to
take h"m by the f"nger% A natura f""p foowed, the beete went
founder"ng "nto the a"se and "t on "ts back, and the hurt f"nger
went "nto the boyEs mouth% The beete ay there work"ng "ts hepess
egs, unabe to turn over% Tom eyed "t, and onged for "t@ but "t was
safe out of h"s reach% 5ther peope un"nterested "n the sermon found
re"ef "n the beete, and they eyed "t too% Presenty a vagrant poode
dog came "d"ng aong, sad at heart, a>y w"th the summer softness and
the Bu"et, weary of capt"v"ty, s"gh"ng for change% 7e sp"ed the beete@
the droop"ng ta" "fted and wagged% 7e surveyed the pr">e@ waked
around "t@ smet at "t from a safe d"stance@ waked around "t aga"n@
grew boder, and took a coser sme@ then "fted h"s "p and made a
g"ngery snatch at "t, just m"ss"ng "t@ made another, and another@
began to enjoy the d"vers"on@ subs"ded to h"s stomach w"th the beete
between h"s paws, and cont"nued h"s eAper"ments@ grew weary at ast,
and then "nd"fferent and absent'm"nded% 7"s head nodded, and "tte by
"tte h"s ch"n descended and touched the enemy, who se">ed "t% There
was a sharp yep, a f"rt of the poodeEs head, and the beete fe a
coupe of yards away, and "t on "ts back once more% The ne"ghbor"ng
spectators shook w"th a gente "nward joy, severa faces went beh"nd
fans and handkerch"efs, and Tom was ent"rey happy% The dog ooked
foo"sh, and probaby fet so@ but there was resentment "n h"s heart,
too, and a crav"ng for revenge% So he went to the beete and began a
wary attack on "t aga"n@ jump"ng at "t from every po"nt of a c"rce,
"ght"ng w"th h"s fore'paws w"th"n an "nch of the creature, mak"ng even
coser snatches at "t w"th h"s teeth, and jerk"ng h"s head t" h"s
ears fapped aga"n% But he grew t"red once more, after a wh"e@ tr"ed
to amuse h"msef w"th a fy but found no re"ef@ foowed an ant
around, w"th h"s nose cose to the foor, and Bu"cky wear"ed of that@
yawned, s"ghed, forgot the beete ent"rey, and sat down on "t% Then
there was a w"d yep of agony and the poode went sa""ng up the
a"se@ the yeps cont"nued, and so d"d the dog@ he crossed the house "n
front of the atar@ he few down the other a"se@ he crossed before the
doors@ he camored up the home'stretch@ h"s angu"sh grew w"th h"s
progress, t" presenty he was but a wooy comet mov"ng "n "ts orb"t
w"th the geam and the speed of "ght% At ast the frant"c sufferer
sheered from "ts course, and sprang "nto "ts masterEs ap@ he fung "t
out of the w"ndow, and the vo"ce of d"stress Bu"cky th"nned away and
d"ed "n the d"stance%
By th"s t"me the whoe church was red'faced and suffocat"ng w"th
suppressed aughter, and the sermon had come to a dead standst"% The
d"scourse was resumed presenty, but "t went ame and hat"ng, a
poss"b""ty of "mpress"veness be"ng at an end@ for even the gravest
sent"ments were constanty be"ng rece"ved w"th a smothered burst of
unhoy m"rth, under cover of some remote pew'back, as "f the poor
parson had sa"d a rarey facet"ous th"ng% 8t was a genu"ne re"ef to
the whoe congregat"on when the ordea was over and the bened"ct"on
Tom Sawyer went home Bu"te cheerfu, th"nk"ng to h"msef that there
was some sat"sfact"on about d"v"ne serv"ce when there was a b"t of
var"ety "n "t% 7e had but one marr"ng thought@ he was w""ng that the
dog shoud pay w"th h"s p"nchbug, but he d"d not th"nk "t was upr"ght
"n h"m to carry "t off%
C7APTE* ?8
!5;+A& morn"ng found Tom Sawyer m"serabe% !onday morn"ng aways found
h"m so''because "t began another weekEs sow suffer"ng "n schoo% 7e
generay began that day w"th w"sh"ng he had had no "nterven"ng
ho"day, "t made the go"ng "nto capt"v"ty and fetters aga"n so much
more od"ous%
Tom ay th"nk"ng% Presenty "t occurred to h"m that he w"shed he was
s"ck@ then he coud stay home from schoo% 7ere was a vague
poss"b""ty% 7e canvassed h"s system% ;o a"ment was found, and he
"nvest"gated aga"n% Th"s t"me he thought he coud detect co"cky
symptoms, and he began to encourage them w"th cons"derabe hope% But
they soon grew feebe, and presenty d"ed whoy away% 7e refected
further% Suddeny he d"scovered someth"ng% 5ne of h"s upper front teeth
was oose% Th"s was ucky@ he was about to beg"n to groan, as a
Cstarter,C as he caed "t, when "t occurred to h"m that "f he came
"nto court w"th that argument, h"s aunt woud pu "t out, and that
woud hurt% So he thought he woud hod the tooth "n reserve for the
present, and seek further% ;oth"ng offered for some "tte t"me, and
then he remembered hear"ng the doctor te about a certa"n th"ng that
a"d up a pat"ent for two or three weeks and threatened to make h"m
ose a f"nger% So the boy eagery drew h"s sore toe from under the
sheet and hed "t up for "nspect"on% But now he d"d not know the
necessary symptoms% 7owever, "t seemed we worth wh"e to chance "t,
so he fe to groan"ng w"th cons"derabe sp"r"t%
But S"d sept on unconsc"ous%
Tom groaned ouder, and fanc"ed that he began to fee pa"n "n the toe%
;o resut from S"d%
Tom was pant"ng w"th h"s eAert"ons by th"s t"me% 7e took a rest and
then sweed h"msef up and fetched a success"on of adm"rabe groans%
S"d snored on%
Tom was aggravated% 7e sa"d, CS"d, S"dDC and shook h"m% Th"s course
worked we, and Tom began to groan aga"n% S"d yawned, stretched, then
brought h"msef up on h"s ebow w"th a snort, and began to stare at
Tom% Tom went on groan"ng% S"d sa"d)
CTomD Say, TomDC /;o response%3 C7ere, TomD T5!D =hat "s the matter,
TomFC And he shook h"m and ooked "n h"s face anA"ousy%
Tom moaned out)
C5h, donEt, S"d% +onEt jogge me%C
C=hy, whatEs the matter, TomF 8 must ca aunt"e%C
C;o''never m"nd% 8tE be over by and by, maybe% +onEt ca anybody%C
CBut 8 mustD +5;ET groan so, Tom, "tEs awfu% 7ow ong you been th"s
C7ours% 5uchD 5h, donEt st"r so, S"d, youE k" me%C
CTom, why d"dnEt you wake me soonerF 5h, Tom, +5;ETD 8t makes my
fesh craw to hear you% Tom, what "s the matterFC
C8 forg"ve you everyth"ng, S"d% /Groan%3 Everyth"ng youEve ever done
to me% =hen 8Em gone''C
C5h, Tom, you a"nEt dy"ng, are youF +onEt, Tom''oh, donEt% !aybe''C
C8 forg"ve everybody, S"d% /Groan%3 Te Eem so, S"d% And S"d, you
g"ve my w"ndow'sash and my cat w"th one eye to that new g"r thatEs
come to town, and te her''C
But S"d had snatched h"s cothes and gone% Tom was suffer"ng "n
rea"ty, now, so handsomey was h"s "mag"nat"on work"ng, and so h"s
groans had gathered Bu"te a genu"ne tone%
S"d few down'sta"rs and sa"d)
C5h, Aunt Poy, comeD TomEs dy"ngDC
C&esEm% +onEt wa"t''come Bu"ckDC
C*ubbageD 8 donEt be"eve "tDC
But she fed up'sta"rs, nevertheess, w"th S"d and !ary at her hees%
And her face grew wh"te, too, and her "p trembed% =hen she reached
the beds"de she gasped out)
C&ou, TomD Tom, whatEs the matter w"th youFC
C5h, aunt"e, 8Em''C
C=hatEs the matter w"th you''what "s the matter w"th you, ch"dFC
C5h, aunt"e, my sore toeEs mort"f"edDC
The od ady sank down "nto a cha"r and aughed a "tte, then cr"ed a
"tte, then d"d both together% Th"s restored her and she sa"d)
CTom, what a turn you d"d g"ve me% ;ow you shut up that nonsense and
c"mb out of th"s%C
The groans ceased and the pa"n van"shed from the toe% The boy fet a
"tte foo"sh, and he sa"d)
CAunt Poy, "t SEE!E+ mort"f"ed, and "t hurt so 8 never m"nded my
tooth at a%C
C&our tooth, "ndeedD =hatEs the matter w"th your toothFC
C5ne of themEs oose, and "t aches perfecty awfu%C
CThere, there, now, donEt beg"n that groan"ng aga"n% 5pen your mouth%
=e''your tooth 8S oose, but youEre not go"ng to d"e about that%
!ary, get me a s"k thread, and a chunk of f"re out of the k"tchen%C
Tom sa"d)
C5h, pease, aunt"e, donEt pu "t out% 8t donEt hurt any more% 8 w"sh
8 may never st"r "f "t does% Pease donEt, aunt"e% 8 donEt want to stay
home from schoo%C
C5h, you donEt, donEt youF So a th"s row was because you thought
youEd get to stay home from schoo and go a'f"sh"ngF Tom, Tom, 8 ove
you so, and you seem to try every way you can to break my od heart
w"th your outrageousness%C By th"s t"me the denta "nstruments were
ready% The od ady made one end of the s"k thread fast to TomEs tooth
w"th a oop and t"ed the other to the bedpost% Then she se">ed the
chunk of f"re and suddeny thrust "t amost "nto the boyEs face% The
tooth hung dang"ng by the bedpost, now%
But a tr"as br"ng the"r compensat"ons% As Tom wended to schoo
after breakfast, he was the envy of every boy he met because the gap "n
h"s upper row of teeth enabed h"m to eApectorate "n a new and
adm"rabe way% 7e gathered Bu"te a foow"ng of ads "nterested "n the
eAh"b"t"on@ and one that had cut h"s f"nger and had been a centre of
fasc"nat"on and homage up to th"s t"me, now found h"msef suddeny
w"thout an adherent, and shorn of h"s gory% 7"s heart was heavy, and
he sa"d w"th a d"sda"n wh"ch he d"d not fee that "t wasnEt anyth"ng to
sp"t "ke Tom Sawyer@ but another boy sa"d, CSour grapesDC and he
wandered away a d"smanted hero%
Shorty Tom came upon the juven"e par"ah of the v"age, 7uckeberry
6"nn, son of the town drunkard% 7uckeberry was cord"ay hated and
dreaded by a the mothers of the town, because he was "de and awess
and vugar and bad''and because a the"r ch"dren adm"red h"m so, and
de"ghted "n h"s forb"dden soc"ety, and w"shed they dared to be "ke
h"m% Tom was "ke the rest of the respectabe boys, "n that he env"ed
7uckeberry h"s gaudy outcast cond"t"on, and was under str"ct orders
not to pay w"th h"m% So he payed w"th h"m every t"me he got a chance%
7uckeberry was aways dressed "n the cast'off cothes of fu'grown
men, and they were "n perenn"a boom and futter"ng w"th rags% 7"s hat
was a vast ru"n w"th a w"de crescent opped out of "ts br"m@ h"s coat,
when he wore one, hung neary to h"s hees and had the rearward buttons
far down the back@ but one suspender supported h"s trousers@ the seat
of the trousers bagged ow and conta"ned noth"ng, the fr"nged egs
dragged "n the d"rt when not roed up%
7uckeberry came and went, at h"s own free w"% 7e sept on doorsteps
"n f"ne weather and "n empty hogsheads "n wet@ he d"d not have to go to
schoo or to church, or ca any be"ng master or obey anybody@ he coud
go f"sh"ng or sw"mm"ng when and where he chose, and stay as ong as "t
su"ted h"m@ nobody forbade h"m to f"ght@ he coud s"t up as ate as he
peased@ he was aways the f"rst boy that went barefoot "n the spr"ng
and the ast to resume eather "n the fa@ he never had to wash, nor
put on cean cothes@ he coud swear wonderfuy% 8n a word, everyth"ng
that goes to make "fe prec"ous that boy had% So thought every
harassed, hampered, respectabe boy "n St% Petersburg%
Tom ha"ed the romant"c outcast)
C7eo, 7uckeberryDC
C7eo yoursef, and see how you "ke "t%C
C=hatEs that you gotFC
C+ead cat%C
C(emme see h"m, 7uck% !y, heEs pretty st"ff% =hereEd you get h"mFC
CBought h"m offEn a boy%C
C=hat d"d you g"veFC
C8 g"ve a bue t"cket and a badder that 8 got at the saughter'house%C
C=hereEd you get the bue t"cketFC
CBought "t offEn Ben *ogers two weeks ago for a hoop'st"ck%C
CSay''what "s dead cats good for, 7uckFC
CGood forF Cure warts w"th%C
C;oD 8s that soF 8 know someth"ng thatEs better%C
C8 bet you donEt% =hat "s "tFC
C=hy, spunk'water%C
CSpunk'waterD 8 woudnEt g"ve a dern for spunk'water%C
C&ou woudnEt, woudnEt youF +Eyou ever try "tFC
C;o, 8 ha"nEt% But Bob Tanner d"d%C
C=ho tod you soDC
C=hy, he tod 9eff Thatcher, and 9eff tod 9ohnny Baker, and 9ohnny
tod 9"m 7o"s, and 9"m tod Ben *ogers, and Ben tod a n"gger, and
the n"gger tod me% There nowDC
C=e, what of "tF TheyE a "e% (eastways a but the n"gger% 8
donEt know 78!% But 8 never see a n"gger that =5:(+;ET "e% ShucksD ;ow
you te me how Bob Tanner done "t, 7uck%C
C=hy, he took and d"pped h"s hand "n a rotten stump where the
ra"n'water was%C
C8n the dayt"meFC
C="th h"s face to the stumpFC
C&es% (east 8 reckon so%C
C+"d he say anyth"ngFC
C8 donEt reckon he d"d% 8 donEt know%C
CAhaD Tak about try"ng to cure warts w"th spunk'water such a bame
foo way as thatD =hy, that a"nEt a'go"ng to do any good% &ou got to go
a by yoursef, to the m"dde of the woods, where you know thereEs a
spunk'water stump, and just as "tEs m"dn"ght you back up aga"nst the
stump and jam your hand "n and say)
EBarey'corn, barey'corn, "njun'mea shorts,
Spunk'water, spunk'water, swaer these warts,E
and then wak away Bu"ck, eeven steps, w"th your eyes shut, and then
turn around three t"mes and wak home w"thout speak"ng to anybody%
Because "f you speak the charmEs busted%C
C=e, that sounds "ke a good way@ but that a"nEt the way Bob Tanner
C;o, s"r, you can bet he d"dnEt, becu> heEs the wart"est boy "n th"s
town@ and he woudnEt have a wart on h"m "f heEd knowed how to work
spunk'water% 8Eve took off thousands of warts off of my hands that way,
7uck% 8 pay w"th frogs so much that 8Eve aways got cons"derabe many
warts% Somet"mes 8 take Eem off w"th a bean%C
C&es, beanEs good% 8Eve done that%C
C7ave youF =hatEs your wayFC
C&ou take and sp"t the bean, and cut the wart so as to get some
bood, and then you put the bood on one p"ece of the bean and take and
d"g a hoe and bury "t Ebout m"dn"ght at the crossroads "n the dark of
the moon, and then you burn up the rest of the bean% &ou see that p"ece
thatEs got the bood on "t w" keep draw"ng and draw"ng, try"ng to
fetch the other p"ece to "t, and so that heps the bood to draw the
wart, and pretty soon off she comes%C
C&es, thatEs "t, 7uck''thatEs "t@ though when youEre bury"ng "t "f you
say E+own bean@ off wart@ come no more to bother meDE "tEs better%
ThatEs the way 9oe 7arper does, and heEs been neary to Coonv"e and
most everywheres% But say''how do you cure Eem w"th dead catsFC
C=hy, you take your cat and go and get "n the graveyard Eong about
m"dn"ght when somebody that was w"cked has been bur"ed@ and when "tEs
m"dn"ght a dev" w" come, or maybe two or three, but you canEt see
Eem, you can ony hear someth"ng "ke the w"nd, or maybe hear Eem tak@
and when theyEre tak"ng that feer away, you heave your cat after Eem
and say, E+ev" foow corpse, cat foow dev", warts foow cat, 8Em
done w"th yeDE ThatE fetch A;& wart%C
CSounds r"ght% +Eyou ever try "t, 7uckFC
C;o, but od !other 7opk"ns tod me%C
C=e, 8 reckon "tEs so, then% Becu> they say sheEs a w"tch%C
CSayD =hy, Tom, 8 <;5= she "s% She w"tched pap% Pap says so h"s own
sef% 7e come aong one day, and he see she was a'w"tch"ng h"m, so he
took up a rock, and "f she hadnEt dodged, heEd a got her% =e, that
very n"ght he roed offEn a shed wherE he was a ay"n drunk, and broke
h"s arm%C
C=hy, thatEs awfu% 7ow d"d he know she was a'w"tch"ng h"mFC
C(ord, pap can te, easy% Pap says when they keep ook"ng at you
r"ght st"ddy, theyEre a'w"tch"ng you% Spec"ay "f they mumbe% Becu>
when they mumbe theyEre say"ng the (ordEs Prayer backards%C
CSay, 7ucky, when you go"ng to try the catFC
CTo'n"ght% 8 reckon theyE come after od 7oss =""ams to'n"ght%C
CBut they bur"ed h"m Saturday% +"dnEt they get h"m Saturday n"ghtFC
C=hy, how you takD 7ow coud the"r charms work t" m"dn"ghtF''and
T7E; "tEs Sunday% +ev"s donEt sosh around much of a Sunday, 8 donEt
C8 never thought of that% ThatEs so% (emme go w"th youFC
C5f course''"f you a"nEt afeard%C
CAfeardD ETa"nEt "key% =" you meowFC
C&es''and you meow back, "f you get a chance% (ast t"me, you kepE me
a'meow"ng around t" od 7ays went to throw"ng rocks at me and says
E+ern that catDE and so 8 hove a br"ck through h"s w"ndow''but donEt
you te%C
C8 wonEt% 8 coudnEt meow that n"ght, becu> aunt"e was watch"ng me,
but 8E meow th"s t"me% Say''whatEs thatFC
C;oth"ng but a t"ck%C
C=hereEd you get h"mFC
C5ut "n the woods%C
C=hatE you take for h"mFC
C8 donEt know% 8 donEt want to se h"m%C
CA r"ght% 8tEs a m"ghty sma t"ck, anyway%C
C5h, anybody can run a t"ck down that donEt beong to them% 8Em
sat"sf"ed w"th "t% 8tEs a good enough t"ck for me%C
CSho, thereEs t"cks a penty% 8 coud have a thousand of Eem "f 8
wanted to%C
C=e, why donEt youF Becu> you know m"ghty we you canEt% Th"s "s a
pretty eary t"ck, 8 reckon% 8tEs the f"rst one 8Eve seen th"s year%C
CSay, 7uck''8E g"ve you my tooth for h"m%C
C(ess see "t%C
Tom got out a b"t of paper and carefuy unroed "t% 7uckeberry
v"ewed "t w"stfuy% The temptat"on was very strong% At ast he sa"d)
C8s "t genuwyneFC
Tom "fted h"s "p and showed the vacancy%
C=e, a r"ght,C sa"d 7uckeberry, C"tEs a trade%C
Tom encosed the t"ck "n the percuss"on'cap boA that had atey been
the p"nchbugEs pr"son, and the boys separated, each fee"ng weath"er
than before%
=hen Tom reached the "tte "soated frame schoohouse, he strode "n
br"sky, w"th the manner of one who had come w"th a honest speed%
7e hung h"s hat on a peg and fung h"msef "nto h"s seat w"th
bus"ness'"ke aacr"ty% The master, throned on h"gh "n h"s great
sp"nt'bottom arm'cha"r, was do>"ng, ued by the drowsy hum of study%
The "nterrupt"on roused h"m%
CThomas SawyerDC
Tom knew that when h"s name was pronounced "n fu, "t meant troube%
CCome up here% ;ow, s"r, why are you ate aga"n, as usuaFC
Tom was about to take refuge "n a "e, when he saw two ong ta"s of
yeow ha"r hang"ng down a back that he recogn">ed by the eectr"c
sympathy of ove@ and by that form was T7E 5;(& ?ACA;T P(ACE on the
g"rsE s"de of the schoohouse% 7e "nstanty sa"d)
C8 ST5PPE+ T5 TA(< =8T7 7:C<(EBE**& 68;;DC
The masterEs puse stood st", and he stared hepessy% The bu>> of
study ceased% The pup"s wondered "f th"s foohardy boy had ost h"s
m"nd% The master sa"d)
C&ou''you d"d whatFC
CStopped to tak w"th 7uckeberry 6"nn%C
There was no m"stak"ng the words%
CThomas Sawyer, th"s "s the most astound"ng confess"on 8 have ever
"stened to% ;o mere ferue w" answer for th"s offence% Take off your
The masterEs arm performed unt" "t was t"red and the stock of
sw"tches notaby d"m"n"shed% Then the order foowed)
C;ow, s"r, go and s"t w"th the g"rsD And et th"s be a warn"ng to you%C
The t"tter that r"pped around the room appeared to abash the boy, but
"n rea"ty that resut was caused rather more by h"s worsh"pfu awe of
h"s unknown "do and the dread peasure that ay "n h"s h"gh good
fortune% 7e sat down upon the end of the p"ne bench and the g"r
h"tched hersef away from h"m w"th a toss of her head% ;udges and w"nks
and wh"spers traversed the room, but Tom sat st", w"th h"s arms upon
the ong, ow desk before h"m, and seemed to study h"s book%
By and by attent"on ceased from h"m, and the accustomed schoo murmur
rose upon the du a"r once more% Presenty the boy began to stea
furt"ve gances at the g"r% She observed "t, Cmade a mouthC at h"m and
gave h"m the back of her head for the space of a m"nute% =hen she
caut"ousy faced around aga"n, a peach ay before her% She thrust "t
away% Tom genty put "t back% She thrust "t away aga"n, but w"th ess
an"mos"ty% Tom pat"enty returned "t to "ts pace% Then she et "t
rema"n% Tom scrawed on h"s sate, CPease take "t''8 got more%C The
g"r ganced at the words, but made no s"gn% ;ow the boy began to draw
someth"ng on the sate, h"d"ng h"s work w"th h"s eft hand% 6or a t"me
the g"r refused to not"ce@ but her human cur"os"ty presenty began to
man"fest "tsef by hardy percept"be s"gns% The boy worked on,
apparenty unconsc"ous% The g"r made a sort of noncomm"tta attempt to
see, but the boy d"d not betray that he was aware of "t% At ast she
gave "n and hes"tat"ngy wh"spered)
C(et me see "t%C
Tom party uncovered a d"sma car"cature of a house w"th two gabe
ends to "t and a corkscrew of smoke "ssu"ng from the ch"mney% Then the
g"rEs "nterest began to fasten "tsef upon the work and she forgot
everyth"ng ese% =hen "t was f"n"shed, she ga>ed a moment, then
C8tEs n"ce''make a man%C
The art"st erected a man "n the front yard, that resembed a derr"ck%
7e coud have stepped over the house@ but the g"r was not
hypercr"t"ca@ she was sat"sf"ed w"th the monster, and wh"spered)
C8tEs a beaut"fu man''now make me com"ng aong%C
Tom drew an hour'gass w"th a fu moon and straw "mbs to "t and
armed the spread"ng f"ngers w"th a portentous fan% The g"r sa"d)
C8tEs ever so n"ce''8 w"sh 8 coud draw%C
C8tEs easy,C wh"spered Tom, C8E earn you%C
C5h, w" youF =henFC
CAt noon% +o you go home to d"nnerFC
C8E stay "f you w"%C
CGood''thatEs a whack% =hatEs your nameFC
CBecky Thatcher% =hatEs yoursF 5h, 8 know% 8tEs Thomas Sawyer%C
CThatEs the name they "ck me by% 8Em Tom when 8Em good% &ou ca me
Tom, w" youFC
;ow Tom began to scraw someth"ng on the sate, h"d"ng the words from
the g"r% But she was not backward th"s t"me% She begged to see% Tom
C5h, "t a"nEt anyth"ng%C
C&es "t "s%C
C;o "t a"nEt% &ou donEt want to see%C
C&es 8 do, "ndeed 8 do% Pease et me%C
C&ouE te%C
C;o 8 wonEt''deed and deed and doube deed wonEt%C
C&ou wonEt te anybody at aF Ever, as ong as you "veFC
C;o, 8 wonEt ever te A;&body% ;ow et me%C
C5h, &5: donEt want to seeDC
C;ow that you treat me so, 8 =8(( see%C And she put her sma hand
upon h"s and a "tte scuffe ensued, Tom pretend"ng to res"st "n
earnest but ett"ng h"s hand s"p by degrees t" these words were
reveaed) C8 (5?E &5:%C
C5h, you bad th"ngDC And she h"t h"s hand a smart rap, but reddened
and ooked peased, nevertheess%
9ust at th"s juncture the boy fet a sow, fatefu gr"p cos"ng on h"s
ear, and a steady "ft"ng "mpuse% 8n that w"se he was borne across the
house and depos"ted "n h"s own seat, under a pepper"ng f"re of g"gges
from the whoe schoo% Then the master stood over h"m dur"ng a few
awfu moments, and f"nay moved away to h"s throne w"thout say"ng a
word% But athough TomEs ear t"nged, h"s heart was jub"ant%
As the schoo Bu"eted down Tom made an honest effort to study, but the
turmo" w"th"n h"m was too great% 8n turn he took h"s pace "n the
read"ng cass and made a botch of "t@ then "n the geography cass and
turned akes "nto mounta"ns, mounta"ns "nto r"vers, and r"vers "nto
cont"nents, t" chaos was come aga"n@ then "n the spe"ng cass, and
got Cturned down,C by a success"on of mere baby words, t" he brought
up at the foot and y"eded up the pewter meda wh"ch he had worn w"th
ostentat"on for months%
C7APTE* ?88
T7E harder Tom tr"ed to fasten h"s m"nd on h"s book, the more h"s
"deas wandered% So at ast, w"th a s"gh and a yawn, he gave "t up% 8t
seemed to h"m that the noon recess woud never come% The a"r was
uttery dead% There was not a breath st"rr"ng% 8t was the seep"est of
seepy days% The drows"ng murmur of the f"ve and twenty study"ng
schoars soothed the sou "ke the spe that "s "n the murmur of bees%
Away off "n the fam"ng sunsh"ne, Card"ff 7" "fted "ts soft green
s"des through a sh"mmer"ng ve" of heat, t"nted w"th the purpe of
d"stance@ a few b"rds foated on a>y w"ng h"gh "n the a"r@ no other
"v"ng th"ng was v"s"be but some cows, and they were aseep% TomEs
heart ached to be free, or ese to have someth"ng of "nterest to do to
pass the dreary t"me% 7"s hand wandered "nto h"s pocket and h"s face
"t up w"th a gow of grat"tude that was prayer, though he d"d not know
"t% Then furt"vey the percuss"on'cap boA came out% 7e reeased the
t"ck and put h"m on the ong fat desk% The creature probaby gowed
w"th a grat"tude that amounted to prayer, too, at th"s moment, but "t
was premature) for when he started thankfuy to trave off, Tom turned
h"m as"de w"th a p"n and made h"m take a new d"rect"on%
TomEs bosom fr"end sat neAt h"m, suffer"ng just as Tom had been, and
now he was deepy and gratefuy "nterested "n th"s enterta"nment "n an
"nstant% Th"s bosom fr"end was 9oe 7arper% The two boys were sworn
fr"ends a the week, and embatted enem"es on Saturdays% 9oe took a
p"n out of h"s ape and began to ass"st "n eAerc"s"ng the pr"soner%
The sport grew "n "nterest momenty% Soon Tom sa"d that they were
"nterfer"ng w"th each other, and ne"ther gett"ng the fuest benef"t of
the t"ck% So he put 9oeEs sate on the desk and drew a "ne down the
m"dde of "t from top to bottom%
C;ow,C sa"d he, Cas ong as he "s on your s"de you can st"r h"m up and
8E et h"m aone@ but "f you et h"m get away and get on my s"de,
youEre to eave h"m aone as ong as 8 can keep h"m from cross"ng over%C
CA r"ght, go ahead@ start h"m up%C
The t"ck escaped from Tom, presenty, and crossed the eBuator% 9oe
harassed h"m awh"e, and then he got away and crossed back aga"n% Th"s
change of base occurred often% =h"e one boy was worry"ng the t"ck w"th
absorb"ng "nterest, the other woud ook on w"th "nterest as strong,
the two heads bowed together over the sate, and the two sous dead to
a th"ngs ese% At ast uck seemed to sette and ab"de w"th 9oe% The
t"ck tr"ed th"s, that, and the other course, and got as eAc"ted and as
anA"ous as the boys themseves, but t"me and aga"n just as he woud
have v"ctory "n h"s very grasp, so to speak, and TomEs f"ngers woud be
tw"tch"ng to beg"n, 9oeEs p"n woud defty head h"m off, and keep
possess"on% At ast Tom coud stand "t no onger% The temptat"on was
too strong% So he reached out and ent a hand w"th h"s p"n% 9oe was
angry "n a moment% Sa"d he)
CTom, you et h"m aone%C
C8 ony just want to st"r h"m up a "tte, 9oe%C
C;o, s"r, "t a"nEt fa"r@ you just et h"m aone%C
CBame "t, 8 a"nEt go"ng to st"r h"m much%C
C(et h"m aone, 8 te you%C
C8 wonEtDC
C&ou sha''heEs on my s"de of the "ne%C
C(ook here, 9oe 7arper, whose "s that t"ckFC
C8 donEt care whose t"ck he "s''heEs on my s"de of the "ne, and you
shaEnEt touch h"m%C
C=e, 8E just bet 8 w", though% 7eEs my t"ck and 8E do what 8
bame pease w"th h"m, or d"eDC
A tremendous whack came down on TomEs shouders, and "ts dup"cate on
9oeEs@ and for the space of two m"nutes the dust cont"nued to fy from
the two jackets and the whoe schoo to enjoy "t% The boys had been too
absorbed to not"ce the hush that had stoen upon the schoo awh"e
before when the master came t"ptoe"ng down the room and stood over
them% 7e had contempated a good part of the performance before he
contr"buted h"s b"t of var"ety to "t%
=hen schoo broke up at noon, Tom few to Becky Thatcher, and
wh"spered "n her ear)
CPut on your bonnet and et on youEre go"ng home@ and when you get to
the corner, g"ve the rest of Eem the s"p, and turn down through the
ane and come back% 8E go the other way and come "t over Eem the same
So the one went off w"th one group of schoars, and the other w"th
another% 8n a "tte wh"e the two met at the bottom of the ane, and
when they reached the schoo they had "t a to themseves% Then they
sat together, w"th a sate before them, and Tom gave Becky the penc"
and hed her hand "n h"s, gu"d"ng "t, and so created another surpr"s"ng
house% =hen the "nterest "n art began to wane, the two fe to tak"ng%
Tom was sw"mm"ng "n b"ss% 7e sa"d)
C+o you ove ratsFC
C;oD 8 hate themDC
C=e, 8 do, too''(8?E ones% But 8 mean dead ones, to sw"ng round your
head w"th a str"ng%C
C;o, 8 donEt care for rats much, anyway% =hat 8 "ke "s chew"ng'gum%C
C5h, 8 shoud say soD 8 w"sh 8 had some now%C
C+o youF 8Eve got some% 8E et you chew "t awh"e, but you must g"ve
"t back to me%C
That was agreeabe, so they chewed "t turn about, and danged the"r
egs aga"nst the bench "n eAcess of contentment%
C=as you ever at a c"rcusFC sa"d Tom%
C&es, and my paEs go"ng to take me aga"n some t"me, "f 8Em good%C
C8 been to the c"rcus three or four t"mes''ots of t"mes% Church a"nEt
shucks to a c"rcus% ThereEs th"ngs go"ng on at a c"rcus a the t"me%
8Em go"ng to be a cown "n a c"rcus when 8 grow up%C
C5h, are youD That w" be n"ce% TheyEre so ovey, a spotted up%C
C&es, thatEs so% And they get sathers of money''most a doar a day,
Ben *ogers says% Say, Becky, was you ever engagedFC
C=hatEs thatFC
C=hy, engaged to be marr"ed%C
C=oud you "ke toFC
C8 reckon so% 8 donEt know% =hat "s "t "keFC
C("keF =hy "t a"nEt "ke anyth"ng% &ou ony just te a boy you wonEt
ever have anybody but h"m, ever ever ever, and then you k"ss and thatEs
a% Anybody can do "t%C
C<"ssF =hat do you k"ss forFC
C=hy, that, you know, "s to''we, they aways do that%C
C=hy, yes, everybody thatEs "n ove w"th each other% +o you remember
what 8 wrote on the sateFC
C=hat was "tFC
C8 shaEnEt te you%C
CSha 8 te &5:FC
C&e''yes''but some other t"me%C
C;o, now%C
C;o, not now''to'morrow%C
C5h, no, ;5=% Pease, Becky''8E wh"sper "t, 8E wh"sper "t ever so
Becky hes"tat"ng, Tom took s"ence for consent, and passed h"s arm
about her wa"st and wh"spered the tae ever so softy, w"th h"s mouth
cose to her ear% And then he added)
C;ow you wh"sper "t to me''just the same%C
She res"sted, for a wh"e, and then sa"d)
C&ou turn your face away so you canEt see, and then 8 w"% But you
mustnEt ever te anybody''=8(( you, TomF ;ow you wonEt, =8(( youFC
C;o, "ndeed, "ndeed 8 wonEt% ;ow, Becky%C
7e turned h"s face away% She bent t"m"dy around t" her breath
st"rred h"s curs and wh"spered, C8''ove''youDC
Then she sprang away and ran around and around the desks and benches,
w"th Tom after her, and took refuge "n a corner at ast, w"th her
"tte wh"te apron to her face% Tom casped her about her neck and
C;ow, Becky, "tEs a done''a over but the k"ss% +onEt you be afra"d
of that''"t a"nEt anyth"ng at a% Pease, Becky%C And he tugged at her
apron and the hands%
By and by she gave up, and et her hands drop@ her face, a gow"ng
w"th the strugge, came up and subm"tted% Tom k"ssed the red "ps and
C;ow "tEs a done, Becky% And aways after th"s, you know, you a"nEt
ever to ove anybody but me, and you a"nEt ever to marry anybody but
me, ever never and forever% =" youFC
C;o, 8E never ove anybody but you, Tom, and 8E never marry
anybody but you''and you a"nEt to ever marry anybody but me, e"ther%C
CCerta"ny% 5f course% ThatEs PA*T of "t% And aways com"ng to schoo
or when weEre go"ng home, youEre to wak w"th me, when there a"nEt
anybody ook"ng''and you choose me and 8 choose you at part"es, because
thatEs the way you do when youEre engaged%C
C8tEs so n"ce% 8 never heard of "t before%C
C5h, "tEs ever so gayD =hy, me and Amy (awrence''C
The b"g eyes tod Tom h"s bunder and he stopped, confused%
C5h, TomD Then 8 a"nEt the f"rst youEve ever been engaged toDC
The ch"d began to cry% Tom sa"d)
C5h, donEt cry, Becky, 8 donEt care for her any more%C
C&es, you do, Tom''you know you do%C
Tom tr"ed to put h"s arm about her neck, but she pushed h"m away and
turned her face to the wa, and went on cry"ng% Tom tr"ed aga"n, w"th
sooth"ng words "n h"s mouth, and was repused aga"n% Then h"s pr"de was
up, and he strode away and went outs"de% 7e stood about, restess and
uneasy, for a wh"e, ganc"ng at the door, every now and then, hop"ng
she woud repent and come to f"nd h"m% But she d"d not% Then he began
to fee bady and fear that he was "n the wrong% 8t was a hard strugge
w"th h"m to make new advances, now, but he nerved h"msef to "t and
entered% She was st" stand"ng back there "n the corner, sobb"ng, w"th
her face to the wa% TomEs heart smote h"m% 7e went to her and stood a
moment, not know"ng eAacty how to proceed% Then he sa"d hes"tat"ngy)
CBecky, 8''8 donEt care for anybody but you%C
;o repy''but sobs%
CBeckyC''pead"ngy% CBecky, wonEt you say someth"ngFC
!ore sobs%
Tom got out h"s ch"efest jewe, a brass knob from the top of an
and"ron, and passed "t around her so that she coud see "t, and sa"d)
CPease, Becky, wonEt you take "tFC
She struck "t to the foor% Then Tom marched out of the house and over
the h"s and far away, to return to schoo no more that day% Presenty
Becky began to suspect% She ran to the door@ he was not "n s"ght@ she
few around to the pay'yard@ he was not there% Then she caed)
CTomD Come back, TomDC
She "stened "ntenty, but there was no answer% She had no compan"ons
but s"ence and one"ness% So she sat down to cry aga"n and upbra"d
hersef@ and by th"s t"me the schoars began to gather aga"n, and she
had to h"de her gr"efs and st" her broken heart and take up the cross
of a ong, dreary, ach"ng afternoon, w"th none among the strangers
about her to eAchange sorrows w"th%
C7APTE* ?888
T5! dodged h"ther and th"ther through anes unt" he was we out of
the track of return"ng schoars, and then fe "nto a moody jog% 7e
crossed a sma CbranchC two or three t"mes, because of a preva""ng
juven"e superst"t"on that to cross water baffed pursu"t% 7af an hour
ater he was d"sappear"ng beh"nd the +ougas mans"on on the summ"t of
Card"ff 7", and the schoohouse was hardy d"st"ngu"shabe away off
"n the vaey beh"nd h"m% 7e entered a dense wood, p"cked h"s pathess
way to the centre of "t, and sat down on a mossy spot under a spread"ng
oak% There was not even a >ephyr st"rr"ng@ the dead noonday heat had
even st"ed the songs of the b"rds@ nature ay "n a trance that was
broken by no sound but the occas"ona far'off hammer"ng of a
woodpecker, and th"s seemed to render the pervad"ng s"ence and sense
of one"ness the more profound% The boyEs sou was steeped "n
meanchoy@ h"s fee"ngs were "n happy accord w"th h"s surround"ngs% 7e
sat ong w"th h"s ebows on h"s knees and h"s ch"n "n h"s hands,
med"tat"ng% 8t seemed to h"m that "fe was but a troube, at best, and
he more than haf env"ed 9"mmy 7odges, so atey reeased@ "t must be
very peacefu, he thought, to "e and sumber and dream forever and
ever, w"th the w"nd wh"sper"ng through the trees and caress"ng the
grass and the fowers over the grave, and noth"ng to bother and gr"eve
about, ever any more% 8f he ony had a cean Sunday'schoo record he
coud be w""ng to go, and be done w"th "t a% ;ow as to th"s g"r%
=hat had he doneF ;oth"ng% 7e had meant the best "n the word, and been
treated "ke a dog''"ke a very dog% She woud be sorry some day''maybe
when "t was too ate% Ah, "f he coud ony d"e TE!P5*A*8(&D
But the east"c heart of youth cannot be compressed "nto one
constra"ned shape ong at a t"me% Tom presenty began to dr"ft
"nsens"by back "nto the concerns of th"s "fe aga"n% =hat "f he turned
h"s back, now, and d"sappeared myster"ousyF =hat "f he went away''ever
so far away, "nto unknown countr"es beyond the seas''and never came
back any moreD 7ow woud she fee thenD The "dea of be"ng a cown
recurred to h"m now, ony to f" h"m w"th d"sgust% 6or fr"vo"ty and
jokes and spotted t"ghts were an offense, when they "ntruded themseves
upon a sp"r"t that was eAated "nto the vague august ream of the
romant"c% ;o, he woud be a sod"er, and return after ong years, a
war'worn and "ustr"ous% ;o''better st", he woud jo"n the 8nd"ans,
and hunt buffaoes and go on the warpath "n the mounta"n ranges and the
trackess great pa"ns of the 6ar =est, and away "n the future come
back a great ch"ef, br"st"ng w"th feathers, h"deous w"th pa"nt, and
prance "nto Sunday'schoo, some drowsy summer morn"ng, w"th a
boodcurd"ng war'whoop, and sear the eyebas of a h"s compan"ons
w"th unappeasabe envy% But no, there was someth"ng gaud"er even than
th"s% 7e woud be a p"rateD That was "tD ;5= h"s future ay pa"n
before h"m, and gow"ng w"th un"mag"nabe spendor% 7ow h"s name woud
f" the word, and make peope shudderD 7ow gor"ousy he woud go
pow"ng the danc"ng seas, "n h"s ong, ow, back'hued racer, the
Sp"r"t of the Storm, w"th h"s gr"sy fag fy"ng at the foreD And at
the >en"th of h"s fame, how he woud suddeny appear at the od v"age
and stak "nto church, brown and weather'beaten, "n h"s back vevet
doubet and trunks, h"s great jack'boots, h"s cr"mson sash, h"s bet
br"st"ng w"th horse'p"stos, h"s cr"me'rusted cutass at h"s s"de, h"s
souch hat w"th wav"ng pumes, h"s back fag unfured, w"th the sku
and crossbones on "t, and hear w"th swe"ng ecstasy the wh"sper"ngs,
C8tEs Tom Sawyer the P"rateD''the Back Avenger of the Span"sh !a"nDC
&es, "t was setted@ h"s career was determ"ned% 7e woud run away from
home and enter upon "t% 7e woud start the very neAt morn"ng% Therefore
he must now beg"n to get ready% 7e woud coect h"s resources
together% 7e went to a rotten og near at hand and began to d"g under
one end of "t w"th h"s Barow kn"fe% 7e soon struck wood that sounded
hoow% 7e put h"s hand there and uttered th"s "ncantat"on "mpress"vey)
C=hat hasnEt come here, comeD =hatEs here, stay hereDC
Then he scraped away the d"rt, and eAposed a p"ne sh"nge% 7e took "t
up and d"scosed a shapey "tte treasure'house whose bottom and s"des
were of sh"nges% 8n "t ay a marbe% TomEs aston"shment was boundessD
7e scratched h"s head w"th a perpeAed a"r, and sa"d)
C=e, that beats anyth"ngDC
Then he tossed the marbe away pett"shy, and stood cog"tat"ng% The
truth was, that a superst"t"on of h"s had fa"ed, here, wh"ch he and
a h"s comrades had aways ooked upon as "nfa"be% 8f you bur"ed a
marbe w"th certa"n necessary "ncantat"ons, and eft "t aone a
fortn"ght, and then opened the pace w"th the "ncantat"on he had just
used, you woud f"nd that a the marbes you had ever ost had
gathered themseves together there, meant"me, no matter how w"dey they
had been separated% But now, th"s th"ng had actuay and unBuest"onaby
fa"ed% TomEs whoe structure of fa"th was shaken to "ts foundat"ons%
7e had many a t"me heard of th"s th"ng succeed"ng but never of "ts
fa""ng before% 8t d"d not occur to h"m that he had tr"ed "t severa
t"mes before, h"msef, but coud never f"nd the h"d"ng'paces
afterward% 7e pu>>ed over the matter some t"me, and f"nay dec"ded
that some w"tch had "nterfered and broken the charm% 7e thought he
woud sat"sfy h"msef on that po"nt@ so he searched around t" he
found a sma sandy spot w"th a "tte funne'shaped depress"on "n "t%
7e a"d h"msef down and put h"s mouth cose to th"s depress"on and
C+oode'bug, doode'bug, te me what 8 want to knowD +oode'bug,
doode'bug, te me what 8 want to knowDC
The sand began to work, and presenty a sma back bug appeared for a
second and then darted under aga"n "n a fr"ght%
C7e dasnEt teD So "t =AS a w"tch that done "t% 8 just knowed "t%C
7e we knew the fut""ty of try"ng to contend aga"nst w"tches, so he
gave up d"scouraged% But "t occurred to h"m that he m"ght as we have
the marbe he had just thrown away, and therefore he went and made a
pat"ent search for "t% But he coud not f"nd "t% ;ow he went back to
h"s treasure'house and carefuy paced h"msef just as he had been
stand"ng when he tossed the marbe away@ then he took another marbe
from h"s pocket and tossed "t "n the same way, say"ng)
CBrother, go f"nd your brotherDC
7e watched where "t stopped, and went there and ooked% But "t must
have faen short or gone too far@ so he tr"ed tw"ce more% The ast
repet"t"on was successfu% The two marbes ay w"th"n a foot of each
9ust here the bast of a toy t"n trumpet came fa"nty down the green
a"ses of the forest% Tom fung off h"s jacket and trousers, turned a
suspender "nto a bet, raked away some brush beh"nd the rotten og,
d"scos"ng a rude bow and arrow, a ath sword and a t"n trumpet, and "n
a moment had se">ed these th"ngs and bounded away, bareegged, w"th
futter"ng sh"rt% 7e presenty hated under a great em, bew an
answer"ng bast, and then began to t"ptoe and ook war"y out, th"s way
and that% 7e sa"d caut"ousy''to an "mag"nary company)
C7od, my merry menD <eep h"d t" 8 bow%C
;ow appeared 9oe 7arper, as a"r"y cad and eaboratey armed as Tom%
Tom caed)
C7odD =ho comes here "nto Sherwood 6orest w"thout my passFC
CGuy of Gu"sborne wants no manEs pass% =ho art thou that''that''C
C+ares to hod such anguage,C sa"d Tom, prompt"ng''for they taked
Cby the book,C from memory%
C=ho art thou that dares to hod such anguageFC
C8, "ndeedD 8 am *ob"n 7ood, as thy ca"t"ff carcase soon sha know%C
CThen art thou "ndeed that famous outawF *"ght gady w" 8 d"spute
w"th thee the passes of the merry wood% 7ave at theeDC
They took the"r ath swords, dumped the"r other traps on the ground,
struck a fenc"ng att"tude, foot to foot, and began a grave, carefu
combat, Ctwo up and two down%C Presenty Tom sa"d)
C;ow, "f youEve got the hang, go "t "veyDC
So they Cwent "t "vey,C pant"ng and persp"r"ng w"th the work% By and
by Tom shouted)
C6aD faD =hy donEt you faFC
C8 shaEnEtD =hy donEt you fa yoursefF &ouEre gett"ng the worst of
C=hy, that a"nEt anyth"ng% 8 canEt fa@ that a"nEt the way "t "s "n
the book% The book says, EThen w"th one back'handed stroke he sew poor
Guy of Gu"sborne%E &ouEre to turn around and et me h"t you "n the
There was no gett"ng around the author"t"es, so 9oe turned, rece"ved
the whack and fe%
C;ow,C sa"d 9oe, gett"ng up, Cyou got to et me k" &5:% ThatEs fa"r%C
C=hy, 8 canEt do that, "t a"nEt "n the book%C
C=e, "tEs bamed mean''thatEs a%C
C=e, say, 9oe, you can be 6r"ar Tuck or !uch the m"erEs son, and
am me w"th a Buarter'staff@ or 8E be the Sher"ff of ;ott"ngham and
you be *ob"n 7ood a "tte wh"e and k" me%C
Th"s was sat"sfactory, and so these adventures were carr"ed out% Then
Tom became *ob"n 7ood aga"n, and was aowed by the treacherous nun to
beed h"s strength away through h"s negected wound% And at ast 9oe,
represent"ng a whoe tr"be of weep"ng outaws, dragged h"m sady forth,
gave h"s bow "nto h"s feebe hands, and Tom sa"d, C=here th"s arrow
fas, there bury poor *ob"n 7ood under the greenwood tree%C Then he
shot the arrow and fe back and woud have d"ed, but he "t on a
nette and sprang up too ga"y for a corpse%
The boys dressed themseves, h"d the"r accoutrements, and went off
gr"ev"ng that there were no outaws any more, and wonder"ng what modern
c"v"">at"on coud ca"m to have done to compensate for the"r oss%
They sa"d they woud rather be outaws a year "n Sherwood 6orest than
Pres"dent of the :n"ted States forever%
AT haf'past n"ne, that n"ght, Tom and S"d were sent to bed, as usua%
They sa"d the"r prayers, and S"d was soon aseep% Tom ay awake and
wa"ted, "n restess "mpat"ence% =hen "t seemed to h"m that "t must be
neary day"ght, he heard the cock str"ke tenD Th"s was despa"r% 7e
woud have tossed and f"dgeted, as h"s nerves demanded, but he was
afra"d he m"ght wake S"d% So he ay st", and stared up "nto the dark%
Everyth"ng was d"smay st"% By and by, out of the st"ness, "tte,
scarcey percept"be no"ses began to emphas">e themseves% The t"ck"ng
of the cock began to br"ng "tsef "nto not"ce% 5d beams began to
crack myster"ousy% The sta"rs creaked fa"nty% Ev"denty sp"r"ts were
abroad% A measured, muffed snore "ssued from Aunt PoyEs chamber% And
now the t"resome ch"rp"ng of a cr"cket that no human "ngenu"ty coud
ocate, began% ;eAt the ghasty t"ck"ng of a deathwatch "n the wa at
the bedEs head made Tom shudder''"t meant that somebodyEs days were
numbered% Then the how of a far'off dog rose on the n"ght a"r, and was
answered by a fa"nter how from a remoter d"stance% Tom was "n an
agony% At ast he was sat"sf"ed that t"me had ceased and etern"ty
begun@ he began to do>e, "n sp"te of h"msef@ the cock ch"med eeven,
but he d"d not hear "t% And then there came, m"ng"ng w"th h"s
haf'formed dreams, a most meanchoy caterwau"ng% The ra"s"ng of a
ne"ghbor"ng w"ndow d"sturbed h"m% A cry of CScatD you dev"DC and the
crash of an empty botte aga"nst the back of h"s auntEs woodshed
brought h"m w"de awake, and a s"nge m"nute ater he was dressed and
out of the w"ndow and creep"ng aong the roof of the CeC on a
fours% 7e CmeowEdC w"th caut"on once or tw"ce, as he went@ then jumped
to the roof of the woodshed and thence to the ground% 7uckeberry 6"nn
was there, w"th h"s dead cat% The boys moved off and d"sappeared "n the
goom% At the end of haf an hour they were wad"ng through the ta
grass of the graveyard%
8t was a graveyard of the od'fash"oned =estern k"nd% 8t was on a
h", about a m"e and a haf from the v"age% 8t had a cra>y board
fence around "t, wh"ch eaned "nward "n paces, and outward the rest of
the t"me, but stood upr"ght nowhere% Grass and weeds grew rank over the
whoe cemetery% A the od graves were sunken "n, there was not a
tombstone on the pace@ round'topped, worm'eaten boards staggered over
the graves, ean"ng for support and f"nd"ng none% CSacred to the memory
ofC So'and'So had been pa"nted on them once, but "t coud no onger
have been read, on the most of them, now, even "f there had been "ght%
A fa"nt w"nd moaned through the trees, and Tom feared "t m"ght be the
sp"r"ts of the dead, compa"n"ng at be"ng d"sturbed% The boys taked
"tte, and ony under the"r breath, for the t"me and the pace and the
pervad"ng soemn"ty and s"ence oppressed the"r sp"r"ts% They found the
sharp new heap they were seek"ng, and ensconced themseves w"th"n the
protect"on of three great ems that grew "n a bunch w"th"n a few feet
of the grave%
Then they wa"ted "n s"ence for what seemed a ong t"me% The hoot"ng
of a d"stant ow was a the sound that troubed the dead st"ness%
TomEs refect"ons grew oppress"ve% 7e must force some tak% So he sa"d
"n a wh"sper)
C7ucky, do you be"eve the dead peope "ke "t for us to be hereFC
7uckeberry wh"spered)
C8 w"sht 8 knowed% 8tEs awfu soemn "ke, A8;ET "tFC
C8 bet "t "s%C
There was a cons"derabe pause, wh"e the boys canvassed th"s matter
"nwardy% Then Tom wh"spered)
CSay, 7ucky''do you reckon 7oss =""ams hears us tak"ngFC
C5E course he does% (east h"s sperr"t does%C
Tom, after a pause)
C8 w"sh 8Ed sa"d !"ster =""ams% But 8 never meant any harm%
Everybody cas h"m 7oss%C
CA body canEt be too part"cEar how they tak Ebout these'yer dead
peope, Tom%C
Th"s was a damper, and conversat"on d"ed aga"n%
Presenty Tom se">ed h"s comradeEs arm and sa"d)
C=hat "s "t, TomFC And the two cung together w"th beat"ng hearts%
CShD There Et"s aga"nD +"dnEt you hear "tFC
CThereD ;ow you hear "t%C
C(ord, Tom, theyEre com"ngD TheyEre com"ng, sure% =hatE we doFC
C8 dono% Th"nk theyE see usFC
C5h, Tom, they can see "n the dark, same as cats% 8 w"sht 8 hadnEt
C5h, donEt be afeard% 8 donEt be"eve theyE bother us% =e a"nEt
do"ng any harm% 8f we keep perfecty st", maybe they wonEt not"ce us
at a%C
C8E try to, Tom, but, (ord, 8Em a of a sh"ver%C
The boys bent the"r heads together and scarcey breathed% A muffed
sound of vo"ces foated up from the far end of the graveyard%
C(ookD See thereDC wh"spered Tom% C=hat "s "tFC
C8tEs dev"'f"re% 5h, Tom, th"s "s awfu%C
Some vague f"gures approached through the goom, sw"ng"ng an
od'fash"oned t"n antern that frecked the ground w"th "nnumerabe
"tte spanges of "ght% Presenty 7uckeberry wh"spered w"th a
C8tEs the dev"s sure enough% Three of EemD (ordy, Tom, weEre gonersD
Can you prayFC
C8E try, but donEt you be afeard% They a"nEt go"ng to hurt us% E;ow
8 ay me down to seep, 8''EC
C=hat "s "t, 7uckFC
CTheyEre 7:!A;SD 5ne of Eem "s, anyway% 5ne of EemEs od !uff PotterEs
C;o''Eta"nEt so, "s "tFC
C8 bet 8 know "t% +onEt you st"r nor budge% 7e a"nEt sharp enough to
not"ce us% +runk, the same as usua, "key''bamed od r"pDC
CA r"ght, 8E keep st"% ;ow theyEre stuck% CanEt f"nd "t% 7ere
they come aga"n% ;ow theyEre hot% Cod aga"n% 7ot aga"n% *ed hotD
TheyEre pE"nted r"ght, th"s t"me% Say, 7uck, 8 know another oE them
vo"ces@ "tEs 8njun 9oe%C
CThatEs so''that murder"nE haf'breedD 8Ed druther they was dev"s a
dern s"ght% =hat k"n they be up toFC
The wh"sper d"ed whoy out, now, for the three men had reached the
grave and stood w"th"n a few feet of the boysE h"d"ng'pace%
C7ere "t "s,C sa"d the th"rd vo"ce@ and the owner of "t hed the
antern up and reveaed the face of young +octor *ob"nson%
Potter and 8njun 9oe were carry"ng a handbarrow w"th a rope and a
coupe of shoves on "t% They cast down the"r oad and began to open
the grave% The doctor put the antern at the head of the grave and came
and sat down w"th h"s back aga"nst one of the em trees% 7e was so
cose the boys coud have touched h"m%
C7urry, menDC he sa"d, "n a ow vo"ce@ Cthe moon m"ght come out at any
They growed a response and went on d"gg"ng% 6or some t"me there was
no no"se but the grat"ng sound of the spades d"scharg"ng the"r fre"ght
of moud and grave% 8t was very monotonous% 6"nay a spade struck
upon the coff"n w"th a du woody accent, and w"th"n another m"nute or
two the men had ho"sted "t out on the ground% They pr"ed off the "d
w"th the"r shoves, got out the body and dumped "t rudey on the
ground% The moon dr"fted from beh"nd the couds and eAposed the pa"d
face% The barrow was got ready and the corpse paced on "t, covered
w"th a banket, and bound to "ts pace w"th the rope% Potter took out a
arge spr"ng'kn"fe and cut off the dang"ng end of the rope and then
C;ow the cussed th"ngEs ready, Sawbones, and youE just out w"th
another f"ve, or here she stays%C
CThatEs the takDC sa"d 8njun 9oe%
C(ook here, what does th"s meanFC sa"d the doctor% C&ou reBu"red your
pay "n advance, and 8Eve pa"d you%C
C&es, and you done more than that,C sa"d 8njun 9oe, approach"ng the
doctor, who was now stand"ng% C6"ve years ago you drove me away from
your fatherEs k"tchen one n"ght, when 8 come to ask for someth"ng to
eat, and you sa"d 8 warnEt there for any good@ and when 8 swore 8Ed get
even w"th you "f "t took a hundred years, your father had me ja"ed for
a vagrant% +"d you th"nk 8Ed forgetF The 8njun bood a"nEt "n me for
noth"ng% And now 8Eve G5T you, and you got to SETT(E, you knowDC
7e was threaten"ng the doctor, w"th h"s f"st "n h"s face, by th"s
t"me% The doctor struck out suddeny and stretched the ruff"an on the
ground% Potter dropped h"s kn"fe, and eAca"med)
C7ere, now, donEt you h"t my pardDC and the neAt moment he had
grapped w"th the doctor and the two were strugg"ng w"th m"ght and
ma"n, tramp"ng the grass and tear"ng the ground w"th the"r hees%
8njun 9oe sprang to h"s feet, h"s eyes fam"ng w"th pass"on, snatched
up PotterEs kn"fe, and went creep"ng, cat"ke and stoop"ng, round and
round about the combatants, seek"ng an opportun"ty% A at once the
doctor fung h"msef free, se">ed the heavy headboard of =""amsE
grave and feed Potter to the earth w"th "t''and "n the same "nstant
the haf'breed saw h"s chance and drove the kn"fe to the h"t "n the
young manEs breast% 7e reeed and fe party upon Potter, food"ng h"m
w"th h"s bood, and "n the same moment the couds botted out the
dreadfu spectace and the two fr"ghtened boys went speed"ng away "n
the dark%
Presenty, when the moon emerged aga"n, 8njun 9oe was stand"ng over
the two forms, contempat"ng them% The doctor murmured "nart"cuatey,
gave a ong gasp or two and was st"% The haf'breed muttered)
CT7AT score "s setted''damn you%C
Then he robbed the body% After wh"ch he put the fata kn"fe "n
PotterEs open r"ght hand, and sat down on the d"smanted coff"n% Three
''four''f"ve m"nutes passed, and then Potter began to st"r and moan% 7"s
hand cosed upon the kn"fe@ he ra"sed "t, ganced at "t, and et "t
fa, w"th a shudder% Then he sat up, push"ng the body from h"m, and
ga>ed at "t, and then around h"m, confusedy% 7"s eyes met 9oeEs%
C(ord, how "s th"s, 9oeFC he sa"d%
C8tEs a d"rty bus"ness,C sa"d 9oe, w"thout mov"ng%
C=hat d"d you do "t forFC
C8D 8 never done "tDC
C(ook hereD That k"nd of tak wonEt wash%C
Potter trembed and grew wh"te%
C8 thought 8Ed got sober% 8Ed no bus"ness to dr"nk to'n"ght% But "tEs
"n my head yet''worseEn when we started here% 8Em a "n a mudde@
canEt recoect anyth"ng of "t, hardy% Te me, 9oe''75;EST, now, od
feer''d"d 8 do "tF 9oe, 8 never meant to''Epon my sou and honor, 8
never meant to, 9oe% Te me how "t was, 9oe% 5h, "tEs awfu''and h"m
so young and prom"s"ng%C
C=hy, you two was scuff"ng, and he fetched you one w"th the headboard
and you fe fat@ and then up you come, a ree"ng and stagger"ng
"ke, and snatched the kn"fe and jammed "t "nto h"m, just as he fetched
you another awfu c"p''and here youEve a"d, as dead as a wedge t"
C5h, 8 d"dnEt know what 8 was a'do"ng% 8 w"sh 8 may d"e th"s m"nute "f
8 d"d% 8t was a on account of the wh"skey and the eAc"tement, 8
reckon% 8 never used a weepon "n my "fe before, 9oe% 8Eve fought, but
never w"th weepons% TheyE a say that% 9oe, donEt teD Say you
wonEt te, 9oe''thatEs a good feer% 8 aways "ked you, 9oe, and
stood up for you, too% +onEt you rememberF &ou =5;ET te, =8(( you,
9oeFC And the poor creature dropped on h"s knees before the sto"d
murderer, and casped h"s appea"ng hands%
C;o, youEve aways been fa"r and sBuare w"th me, !uff Potter, and 8
wonEt go back on you% There, now, thatEs as fa"r as a man can say%C
C5h, 9oe, youEre an ange% 8E bess you for th"s the ongest day 8
"ve%C And Potter began to cry%
CCome, now, thatEs enough of that% Th"s a"nEt any t"me for bubber"ng%
&ou be off yonder way and 8E go th"s% !ove, now, and donEt eave any
tracks beh"nd you%C
Potter started on a trot that Bu"cky "ncreased to a run% The
haf'breed stood ook"ng after h"m% 7e muttered)
C8f heEs as much stunned w"th the "ck and fudded w"th the rum as he
had the ook of be"ng, he wonEt th"nk of the kn"fe t" heEs gone so
far heE be afra"d to come back after "t to such a pace by h"msef
Two or three m"nutes ater the murdered man, the banketed corpse, the
"dess coff"n, and the open grave were under no "nspect"on but the
moonEs% The st"ness was compete aga"n, too%
T7E two boys few on and on, toward the v"age, speechess w"th
horror% They ganced backward over the"r shouders from t"me to t"me,
apprehens"vey, as "f they feared they m"ght be foowed% Every stump
that started up "n the"r path seemed a man and an enemy, and made them
catch the"r breath@ and as they sped by some outy"ng cottages that ay
near the v"age, the bark"ng of the aroused watch'dogs seemed to g"ve
w"ngs to the"r feet%
C8f we can ony get to the od tannery before we break downDC
wh"spered Tom, "n short catches between breaths% C8 canEt stand "t much
7uckeberryEs hard pant"ngs were h"s ony repy, and the boys f"Aed
the"r eyes on the goa of the"r hopes and bent to the"r work to w"n "t%
They ga"ned stead"y on "t, and at ast, breast to breast, they burst
through the open door and fe gratefu and eAhausted "n the sheter"ng
shadows beyond% By and by the"r puses sowed down, and Tom wh"spered)
C7uckeberry, what do you reckonE come of th"sFC
C8f +octor *ob"nson d"es, 8 reckon hang"ngE come of "t%C
C+o you thoughFC
C=hy, 8 <;5= "t, Tom%C
Tom thought a wh"e, then he sa"d)
C=hoE teF =eFC
C=hat are you tak"ng aboutF SEpose someth"ng happened and 8njun 9oe
+8+;ET hangF =hy, heEd k" us some t"me or other, just as dead sure as
weEre a ay"ng here%C
CThatEs just what 8 was th"nk"ng to mysef, 7uck%C
C8f anybody tes, et !uff Potter do "t, "f heEs foo enough% 7eEs
generay drunk enough%C
Tom sa"d noth"ng''went on th"nk"ng% Presenty he wh"spered)
C7uck, !uff Potter donEt know "t% 7ow can he teFC
C=hatEs the reason he donEt know "tFC
CBecause heEd just got that whack when 8njun 9oe done "t% +Eyou reckon
he coud see anyth"ngF +Eyou reckon he knowed anyth"ngFC
CBy hokey, thatEs so, TomDC
CAnd bes"des, ook'a'here''maybe that whack done for 78!DC
C;o, Eta"nt "key, Tom% 7e had "Buor "n h"m@ 8 coud see that@ and
bes"des, he aways has% =e, when papEs fu, you m"ght take and bet
h"m over the head w"th a church and you coudnEt phase h"m% 7e says so,
h"s own sef% So "tEs the same w"th !uff Potter, of course% But "f a
man was dead sober, 8 reckon maybe that whack m"ght fetch h"m@ 8 dono%C
After another refect"ve s"ence, Tom sa"d)
C7ucky, you sure you can keep mumFC
CTom, we G5T to keep mum% &ou know that% That 8njun dev" woudnEt
make any more of drownd"ng us than a coupe of cats, "f we was to
sBueak Ebout th"s and they d"dnEt hang h"m% ;ow, ook'a'here, Tom, ess
take and swear to one another''thatEs what we got to do''swear to keep
C8Em agreed% 8tEs the best th"ng% =oud you just hod hands and swear
that we''C
C5h no, that woudnEt do for th"s% ThatEs good enough for "tte
rubb"shy common th"ngs''spec"ay w"th gas, cu> T7E& go back on you
anyway, and bab "f they get "n a huff''but there orter be wr"t"ng
Ebout a b"g th"ng "ke th"s% And bood%C
TomEs whoe be"ng appauded th"s "dea% 8t was deep, and dark, and
awfu@ the hour, the c"rcumstances, the surround"ngs, were "n keep"ng
w"th "t% 7e p"cked up a cean p"ne sh"nge that ay "n the moon"ght,
took a "tte fragment of Cred keeC out of h"s pocket, got the moon on
h"s work, and pa"nfuy scrawed these "nes, emphas">"ng each sow
down'stroke by camp"ng h"s tongue between h"s teeth, and ett"ng up
the pressure on the up'strokes% /See neAt page%3
C7uck 6"nn and
Tom Sawyer swears
they w" keep mum
about Th"s and They
w"sh They may +rop
down dead "n The"r
Tracks "f They ever
Te and *ot%C
7uckeberry was f"ed w"th adm"rat"on of TomEs fac""ty "n wr"t"ng,
and the sub"m"ty of h"s anguage% 7e at once took a p"n from h"s ape
and was go"ng to pr"ck h"s fesh, but Tom sa"d)
C7od onD +onEt do that% A p"nEs brass% 8t m"ght have verd"grease on
C=hatEs verd"greaseFC
C8tEs pE"son% ThatEs what "t "s% &ou just swaer some of "t once
''youE see%C
So Tom unwound the thread from one of h"s needes, and each boy
pr"cked the ba of h"s thumb and sBuee>ed out a drop of bood% 8n
t"me, after many sBuee>es, Tom managed to s"gn h"s "n"t"as, us"ng the
ba of h"s "tte f"nger for a pen% Then he showed 7uckeberry how to
make an 7 and an 6, and the oath was compete% They bur"ed the sh"nge
cose to the wa, w"th some d"sma ceremon"es and "ncantat"ons, and
the fetters that bound the"r tongues were cons"dered to be ocked and
the key thrown away%
A f"gure crept steath"y through a break "n the other end of the
ru"ned bu"d"ng, now, but they d"d not not"ce "t%
CTom,C wh"spered 7uckeberry, Cdoes th"s keep us from E?E* te"ng
C5f course "t does% 8t donEt make any d"fference =7AT happens, we got
to keep mum% =eEd drop down dead''donEt &5: know thatFC
C&es, 8 reckon thatEs so%C
They cont"nued to wh"sper for some "tte t"me% Presenty a dog set up
a ong, ugubr"ous how just outs"de''w"th"n ten feet of them% The boys
casped each other suddeny, "n an agony of fr"ght%
C=h"ch of us does he meanFC gasped 7uckeberry%
C8 dono''peep through the crack% Hu"ckDC
C;o, &5:, TomDC
C8 canEt''8 canEt +5 "t, 7uckDC
CPease, Tom% There Et"s aga"nDC
C5h, ordy, 8Em thankfuDC wh"spered Tom% C8 know h"s vo"ce% 8tEs Bu
7arb"son%C 4
/4 8f !r% 7arb"son owned a save named Bu, Tom woud have spoken of
h"m as C7arb"sonEs Bu,C but a son or a dog of that name was CBu
C5h, thatEs good''8 te you, Tom, 8 was most scared to death@ 8Ed a
bet anyth"ng "t was a ST*A& dog%C
The dog howed aga"n% The boysE hearts sank once more%
C5h, myD that a"nEt no Bu 7arb"sonDC wh"spered 7uckeberry% C+5, TomDC
Tom, Buak"ng w"th fear, y"eded, and put h"s eye to the crack% 7"s
wh"sper was hardy aud"be when he sa"d)
C5h, 7uck, 8T S A ST*A& +5GDC
CHu"ck, Tom, Bu"ckD =ho does he meanFC
C7uck, he must mean us both''weEre r"ght together%C
C5h, Tom, 8 reckon weEre goners% 8 reckon there a"nEt no m"stake Ebout
where 8E(( go to% 8 been so w"cked%C
C+ad fetch "tD Th"s comes of pay"ng hookey and do"ng everyth"ng a
feerEs tod ;5T to do% 8 m"ght a been good, "ke S"d, "f 8Ed a tr"ed
''but no, 8 woudnEt, of course% But "f ever 8 get off th"s t"me, 8 ay
8E just =A((E* "n Sunday'schoosDC And Tom began to snuffe a "tte%
C&5: badDC and 7uckeberry began to snuffe too% CConsound "t, Tom
Sawyer, youEre just od p"e, Eongs"de oE what 8 am% 5h, (5*+&, ordy,
ordy, 8 w"sht 8 ony had haf your chance%C
Tom choked off and wh"spered)
C(ook, 7ucky, ookD 7eEs got h"s BAC< to usDC
7ucky ooked, w"th joy "n h"s heart%
C=e, he has, by j"ngoesD +"d he beforeFC
C&es, he d"d% But 8, "ke a foo, never thought% 5h, th"s "s buy,
you know% ;5= who can he meanFC
The how"ng stopped% Tom pr"cked up h"s ears%
CShD =hatEs thatFC he wh"spered%
CSounds "ke''"ke hogs grunt"ng% ;o''"tEs somebody snor"ng, Tom%C
CThat 8S "tD =here Ebouts "s "t, 7uckFC
C8 beeve "tEs down at Etother end% Sounds so, anyway% Pap used to
seep there, somet"mes, Eong w"th the hogs, but aws bess you, he
just "fts th"ngs when 7E snores% Bes"des, 8 reckon he a"nEt ever
com"ng back to th"s town any more%C
The sp"r"t of adventure rose "n the boysE sous once more%
C7ucky, do you dasEt to go "f 8 eadFC
C8 donEt "ke to, much% Tom, sEpose "tEs 8njun 9oeDC
Tom Bua"ed% But presenty the temptat"on rose up strong aga"n and the
boys agreed to try, w"th the understand"ng that they woud take to
the"r hees "f the snor"ng stopped% So they went t"ptoe"ng steath"y
down, the one beh"nd the other% =hen they had got to w"th"n f"ve steps
of the snorer, Tom stepped on a st"ck, and "t broke w"th a sharp snap%
The man moaned, wr"thed a "tte, and h"s face came "nto the moon"ght%
8t was !uff Potter% The boysE hearts had stood st", and the"r hopes
too, when the man moved, but the"r fears passed away now% They t"ptoed
out, through the broken weather'board"ng, and stopped at a "tte
d"stance to eAchange a part"ng word% That ong, ugubr"ous how rose on
the n"ght a"r aga"nD They turned and saw the strange dog stand"ng
w"th"n a few feet of where Potter was y"ng, and 6AC8;G Potter, w"th
h"s nose po"nt"ng heavenward%
C5h, geem"ny, "tEs 78!DC eAca"med both boys, "n a breath%
CSay, Tom''they say a stray dog come how"ng around 9ohnny !"erEs
house, Ebout m"dn"ght, as much as two weeks ago@ and a wh"ppoorw"
come "n and "t on the ban"sters and sung, the very same even"ng@ and
there a"nEt anybody dead there yet%C
C=e, 8 know that% And suppose there a"nEt% +"dnEt Grac"e !"er fa
"n the k"tchen f"re and burn hersef terr"be the very neAt SaturdayFC
C&es, but she a"nEt +EA+% And whatEs more, sheEs gett"ng better, too%C
CA r"ght, you wa"t and see% SheEs a goner, just as dead sure as !uff
PotterEs a goner% ThatEs what the n"ggers say, and they know a about
these k"nd of th"ngs, 7uck%C
Then they separated, cog"tat"ng% =hen Tom crept "n at h"s bedroom
w"ndow the n"ght was amost spent% 7e undressed w"th eAcess"ve caut"on,
and fe aseep congratuat"ng h"msef that nobody knew of h"s
escapade% 7e was not aware that the genty'snor"ng S"d was awake, and
had been so for an hour%
=hen Tom awoke, S"d was dressed and gone% There was a ate ook "n the
"ght, a ate sense "n the atmosphere% 7e was started% =hy had he not
been caed''persecuted t" he was up, as usuaF The thought f"ed
h"m w"th bod"ngs% ="th"n f"ve m"nutes he was dressed and down'sta"rs,
fee"ng sore and drowsy% The fam"y were st" at tabe, but they had
f"n"shed breakfast% There was no vo"ce of rebuke@ but there were
averted eyes@ there was a s"ence and an a"r of soemn"ty that struck a
ch" to the cupr"tEs heart% 7e sat down and tr"ed to seem gay, but "t
was up'h" work@ "t roused no sm"e, no response, and he apsed "nto
s"ence and et h"s heart s"nk down to the depths%
After breakfast h"s aunt took h"m as"de, and Tom amost br"ghtened "n
the hope that he was go"ng to be fogged@ but "t was not so% 7"s aunt
wept over h"m and asked h"m how he coud go and break her od heart so@
and f"nay tod h"m to go on, and ru"n h"msef and br"ng her gray
ha"rs w"th sorrow to the grave, for "t was no use for her to try any
more% Th"s was worse than a thousand wh"pp"ngs, and TomEs heart was
sorer now than h"s body% 7e cr"ed, he peaded for forg"veness, prom"sed
to reform over and over aga"n, and then rece"ved h"s d"sm"ssa, fee"ng
that he had won but an "mperfect forg"veness and estab"shed but a
feebe conf"dence%
7e eft the presence too m"serabe to even fee revengefu toward S"d@
and so the atterEs prompt retreat through the back gate was
unnecessary% 7e moped to schoo goomy and sad, and took h"s fogg"ng,
aong w"th 9oe 7arper, for pay"ng hookey the day before, w"th the a"r
of one whose heart was busy w"th heav"er woes and whoy dead to
tr"fes% Then he betook h"msef to h"s seat, rested h"s ebows on h"s
desk and h"s jaws "n h"s hands, and stared at the wa w"th the stony
stare of suffer"ng that has reached the "m"t and can no further go%
7"s ebow was press"ng aga"nst some hard substance% After a ong t"me
he sowy and sady changed h"s pos"t"on, and took up th"s object w"th
a s"gh% 8t was "n a paper% 7e unroed "t% A ong, "nger"ng, coossa
s"gh foowed, and h"s heart broke% 8t was h"s brass and"ron knobD
Th"s f"na feather broke the cameEs back%
C(5SE upon the hour of noon the whoe v"age was suddeny eectr"f"ed
w"th the ghasty news% ;o need of the as yet undreamed'of teegraph@
the tae few from man to man, from group to group, from house to
house, w"th "tte ess than teegraph"c speed% 5f course the
schoomaster gave ho"day for that afternoon@ the town woud have
thought strangey of h"m "f he had not%
A gory kn"fe had been found cose to the murdered man, and "t had been
recogn">ed by somebody as beong"ng to !uff Potter''so the story ran%
And "t was sa"d that a beated c"t">en had come upon Potter wash"ng
h"msef "n the CbranchC about one or two oEcock "n the morn"ng, and
that Potter had at once sneaked off''susp"c"ous c"rcumstances,
espec"ay the wash"ng wh"ch was not a hab"t w"th Potter% 8t was aso
sa"d that the town had been ransacked for th"s CmurdererC #the pub"c
are not sow "n the matter of s"ft"ng ev"dence and arr"v"ng at a
verd"ct$, but that he coud not be found% 7orsemen had departed down
a the roads "n every d"rect"on, and the Sher"ff Cwas conf"dentC that
he woud be captured before n"ght%
A the town was dr"ft"ng toward the graveyard% TomEs heartbreak
van"shed and he jo"ned the process"on, not because he woud not a
thousand t"mes rather go anywhere ese, but because an awfu,
unaccountabe fasc"nat"on drew h"m on% Arr"ved at the dreadfu pace,
he wormed h"s sma body through the crowd and saw the d"sma
spectace% 8t seemed to h"m an age s"nce he was there before% Somebody
p"nched h"s arm% 7e turned, and h"s eyes met 7uckeberryEs% Then both
ooked esewhere at once, and wondered "f anybody had not"ced anyth"ng
"n the"r mutua gance% But everybody was tak"ng, and "ntent upon the
gr"sy spectace before them%
CPoor feowDC CPoor young feowDC CTh"s ought to be a esson to
grave robbersDC C!uff PotterE hang for th"s "f they catch h"mDC Th"s
was the dr"ft of remark@ and the m"n"ster sa"d, C8t was a judgment@ 7"s
hand "s here%C
;ow Tom sh"vered from head to hee@ for h"s eye fe upon the sto"d
face of 8njun 9oe% At th"s moment the crowd began to sway and strugge,
and vo"ces shouted, C8tEs h"mD "tEs h"mD heEs com"ng h"msefDC
C=hoF =hoFC from twenty vo"ces%
C!uff PotterDC
C7ao, heEs stoppedD''(ook out, heEs turn"ngD +onEt et h"m get awayDC
Peope "n the branches of the trees over TomEs head sa"d he wasnEt
try"ng to get away''he ony ooked doubtfu and perpeAed%
C8nferna "mpudenceDC sa"d a bystander@ Cwanted to come and take a
Bu"et ook at h"s work, 8 reckon''d"dnEt eApect any company%C
The crowd fe apart, now, and the Sher"ff came through,
ostentat"ousy ead"ng Potter by the arm% The poor feowEs face was
haggard, and h"s eyes showed the fear that was upon h"m% =hen he stood
before the murdered man, he shook as w"th a pasy, and he put h"s face
"n h"s hands and burst "nto tears%
C8 d"dnEt do "t, fr"ends,C he sobbed@ CEpon my word and honor 8 never
done "t%C
C=hoEs accused youFC shouted a vo"ce%
Th"s shot seemed to carry home% Potter "fted h"s face and ooked
around h"m w"th a pathet"c hopeessness "n h"s eyes% 7e saw 8njun 9oe,
and eAca"med)
C5h, 8njun 9oe, you prom"sed me youEd never''C
C8s that your kn"feFC and "t was thrust before h"m by the Sher"ff%
Potter woud have faen "f they had not caught h"m and eased h"m to
the ground% Then he sa"d)
CSometh"ng tod me Et "f 8 d"dnEt come back and get''C 7e shuddered@
then waved h"s nerveess hand w"th a vanBu"shed gesture and sa"d, CTe
Eem, 9oe, te Eem''"t a"nEt any use any more%C
Then 7uckeberry and Tom stood dumb and star"ng, and heard the
stony'hearted "ar ree off h"s serene statement, they eApect"ng every
moment that the cear sky woud de"ver GodEs "ghtn"ngs upon h"s head,
and wonder"ng to see how ong the stroke was deayed% And when he had
f"n"shed and st" stood a"ve and whoe, the"r waver"ng "mpuse to
break the"r oath and save the poor betrayed pr"sonerEs "fe faded and
van"shed away, for pa"ny th"s m"screant had sod h"msef to Satan and
"t woud be fata to medde w"th the property of such a power as that%
C=hy d"dnEt you eaveF =hat d"d you want to come here forFC somebody
C8 coudnEt hep "t''8 coudnEt hep "t,C Potter moaned% C8 wanted to
run away, but 8 coudnEt seem to come anywhere but here%C And he fe
to sobb"ng aga"n%
8njun 9oe repeated h"s statement, just as camy, a few m"nutes
afterward on the "nBuest, under oath@ and the boys, see"ng that the
"ghtn"ngs were st" w"thhed, were conf"rmed "n the"r be"ef that 9oe
had sod h"msef to the dev"% 7e was now become, to them, the most
baefuy "nterest"ng object they had ever ooked upon, and they coud
not take the"r fasc"nated eyes from h"s face%
They "nwardy resoved to watch h"m n"ghts, when opportun"ty shoud
offer, "n the hope of gett"ng a g"mpse of h"s dread master%
8njun 9oe heped to ra"se the body of the murdered man and put "t "n a
wagon for remova@ and "t was wh"spered through the shudder"ng crowd
that the wound bed a "tteD The boys thought that th"s happy
c"rcumstance woud turn susp"c"on "n the r"ght d"rect"on@ but they were
d"sappo"nted, for more than one v"ager remarked)
C8t was w"th"n three feet of !uff Potter when "t done "t%C
TomEs fearfu secret and gnaw"ng consc"ence d"sturbed h"s seep for as
much as a week after th"s@ and at breakfast one morn"ng S"d sa"d)
CTom, you p"tch around and tak "n your seep so much that you keep me
awake haf the t"me%C
Tom banched and dropped h"s eyes%
C8tEs a bad s"gn,C sa"d Aunt Poy, gravey% C=hat you got on your
m"nd, TomFC
C;oth"ng% ;oth"ng Et 8 know of%C But the boyEs hand shook so that he
sp"ed h"s coffee%
CAnd you do tak such stuff,C S"d sa"d% C(ast n"ght you sa"d, E8tEs
bood, "tEs bood, thatEs what "t "sDE &ou sa"d that over and over% And
you sa"d, E+onEt torment me so''8E teDE Te =7ATF =hat "s "t
youE teFC
Everyth"ng was sw"mm"ng before Tom% There "s no te"ng what m"ght
have happened, now, but uck"y the concern passed out of Aunt PoyEs
face and she came to TomEs re"ef w"thout know"ng "t% She sa"d)
CShoD 8tEs that dreadfu murder% 8 dream about "t most every n"ght
mysef% Somet"mes 8 dream "tEs me that done "t%C
!ary sa"d she had been affected much the same way% S"d seemed
sat"sf"ed% Tom got out of the presence as Bu"ck as he paus"by coud,
and after that he compa"ned of toothache for a week, and t"ed up h"s
jaws every n"ght% 7e never knew that S"d ay n"ghty watch"ng, and
freBuenty s"pped the bandage free and then eaned on h"s ebow
"sten"ng a good wh"e at a t"me, and afterward s"pped the bandage
back to "ts pace aga"n% TomEs d"stress of m"nd wore off graduay and
the toothache grew "rksome and was d"scarded% 8f S"d reay managed to
make anyth"ng out of TomEs d"sjo"nted mutter"ngs, he kept "t to h"msef%
8t seemed to Tom that h"s schoomates never woud get done hod"ng
"nBuests on dead cats, and thus keep"ng h"s troube present to h"s
m"nd% S"d not"ced that Tom never was coroner at one of these "nBu"r"es,
though "t had been h"s hab"t to take the ead "n a new enterpr"ses@
he not"ced, too, that Tom never acted as a w"tness''and that was
strange@ and S"d d"d not overook the fact that Tom even showed a
marked avers"on to these "nBuests, and aways avo"ded them when he
coud% S"d marveed, but sa"d noth"ng% 7owever, even "nBuests went out
of vogue at ast, and ceased to torture TomEs consc"ence%
Every day or two, dur"ng th"s t"me of sorrow, Tom watched h"s
opportun"ty and went to the "tte grated ja"'w"ndow and smugged such
sma comforts through to the CmurdererC as he coud get hod of% The
ja" was a tr"f"ng "tte br"ck den that stood "n a marsh at the edge
of the v"age, and no guards were afforded for "t@ "ndeed, "t was
sedom occup"ed% These offer"ngs greaty heped to ease TomEs
The v"agers had a strong des"re to tar'and'feather 8njun 9oe and
r"de h"m on a ra", for body'snatch"ng, but so form"dabe was h"s
character that nobody coud be found who was w""ng to take the ead
"n the matter, so "t was dropped% 7e had been carefu to beg"n both of
h"s "nBuest'statements w"th the f"ght, w"thout confess"ng the
grave'robbery that preceded "t@ therefore "t was deemed w"sest not
to try the case "n the courts at present%
5;E of the reasons why TomEs m"nd had dr"fted away from "ts secret
troubes was, that "t had found a new and we"ghty matter to "nterest
"tsef about% Becky Thatcher had stopped com"ng to schoo% Tom had
strugged w"th h"s pr"de a few days, and tr"ed to Cwh"ste her down the
w"nd,C but fa"ed% 7e began to f"nd h"msef hang"ng around her fatherEs
house, n"ghts, and fee"ng very m"serabe% She was "% =hat "f she
shoud d"eD There was d"stract"on "n the thought% 7e no onger took an
"nterest "n war, nor even "n p"racy% The charm of "fe was gone@ there
was noth"ng but drear"ness eft% 7e put h"s hoop away, and h"s bat@
there was no joy "n them any more% 7"s aunt was concerned% She began to
try a manner of remed"es on h"m% She was one of those peope who are
"nfatuated w"th patent med"c"nes and a new'fanged methods of
produc"ng heath or mend"ng "t% She was an "nveterate eAper"menter "n
these th"ngs% =hen someth"ng fresh "n th"s "ne came out she was "n a
fever, r"ght away, to try "t@ not on hersef, for she was never a""ng,
but on anybody ese that came handy% She was a subscr"ber for a the
C7eathC per"od"cas and phrenoog"ca frauds@ and the soemn "gnorance
they were "nfated w"th was breath to her nostr"s% A the CrotC they
conta"ned about vent"at"on, and how to go to bed, and how to get up,
and what to eat, and what to dr"nk, and how much eAerc"se to take, and
what frame of m"nd to keep oneEs sef "n, and what sort of coth"ng to
wear, was a gospe to her, and she never observed that her
heath'journas of the current month customar"y upset everyth"ng they
had recommended the month before% She was as s"mpe'hearted and honest
as the day was ong, and so she was an easy v"ct"m% She gathered
together her Buack per"od"cas and her Buack med"c"nes, and thus armed
w"th death, went about on her pae horse, metaphor"cay speak"ng, w"th
Che foow"ng after%C But she never suspected that she was not an
ange of hea"ng and the bam of G"ead "n d"sgu"se, to the suffer"ng
The water treatment was new, now, and TomEs ow cond"t"on was a
w"ndfa to her% She had h"m out at day"ght every morn"ng, stood h"m
up "n the woodshed and drowned h"m w"th a deuge of cod water@ then
she scrubbed h"m down w"th a towe "ke a f"e, and so brought h"m to@
then she roed h"m up "n a wet sheet and put h"m away under bankets
t" she sweated h"s sou cean and Cthe yeow sta"ns of "t came
through h"s poresC''as Tom sa"d%
&et notw"thstand"ng a th"s, the boy grew more and more meanchoy
and pae and dejected% She added hot baths, s"t> baths, shower baths,
and punges% The boy rema"ned as d"sma as a hearse% She began to
ass"st the water w"th a s"m oatmea d"et and b"ster'pasters% She
cacuated h"s capac"ty as she woud a jugEs, and f"ed h"m up every
day w"th Buack cure'as%
Tom had become "nd"fferent to persecut"on by th"s t"me% Th"s phase
f"ed the od adyEs heart w"th consternat"on% Th"s "nd"fference must
be broken up at any cost% ;ow she heard of Pa"n'k"er for the f"rst
t"me% She ordered a ot at once% She tasted "t and was f"ed w"th
grat"tude% 8t was s"mpy f"re "n a "Bu"d form% She dropped the water
treatment and everyth"ng ese, and p"nned her fa"th to Pa"n'k"er% She
gave Tom a teaspoonfu and watched w"th the deepest anA"ety for the
resut% 7er troubes were "nstanty at rest, her sou at peace aga"n@
for the C"nd"fferenceC was broken up% The boy coud not have shown a
w"der, heart"er "nterest, "f she had bu"t a f"re under h"m%
Tom fet that "t was t"me to wake up@ th"s sort of "fe m"ght be
romant"c enough, "n h"s b"ghted cond"t"on, but "t was gett"ng to have
too "tte sent"ment and too much d"stract"ng var"ety about "t% So he
thought over var"ous pans for re"ef, and f"nay h"t pon that of
profess"ng to be fond of Pa"n'k"er% 7e asked for "t so often that he
became a nu"sance, and h"s aunt ended by te"ng h"m to hep h"msef
and Bu"t bother"ng her% 8f "t had been S"d, she woud have had no
m"sg"v"ngs to aoy her de"ght@ but s"nce "t was Tom, she watched the
botte candest"ney% She found that the med"c"ne d"d reay d"m"n"sh,
but "t d"d not occur to her that the boy was mend"ng the heath of a
crack "n the s"tt"ng'room foor w"th "t%
5ne day Tom was "n the act of dos"ng the crack when h"s auntEs yeow
cat came aong, purr"ng, ey"ng the teaspoon avar"c"ousy, and begg"ng
for a taste% Tom sa"d)
C+onEt ask for "t uness you want "t, Peter%C
But Peter s"gn"f"ed that he d"d want "t%
C&ou better make sure%C
Peter was sure%
C;ow youEve asked for "t, and 8E g"ve "t to you, because there a"nEt
anyth"ng mean about me@ but "f you f"nd you donEt "ke "t, you mustnEt
bame anybody but your own sef%C
Peter was agreeabe% So Tom pr"ed h"s mouth open and poured down the
Pa"n'k"er% Peter sprang a coupe of yards "n the a"r, and then
de"vered a war'whoop and set off round and round the room, bang"ng
aga"nst furn"ture, upsett"ng fower'pots, and mak"ng genera havoc%
;eAt he rose on h"s h"nd feet and pranced around, "n a fren>y of
enjoyment, w"th h"s head over h"s shouder and h"s vo"ce proca"m"ng
h"s unappeasabe happ"ness% Then he went tear"ng around the house aga"n
spread"ng chaos and destruct"on "n h"s path% Aunt Poy entered "n t"me
to see h"m throw a few doube summersets, de"ver a f"na m"ghty
hurrah, and sa" through the open w"ndow, carry"ng the rest of the
fower'pots w"th h"m% The od ady stood petr"f"ed w"th aston"shment,
peer"ng over her gasses@ Tom ay on the foor eAp"r"ng w"th aughter%
CTom, what on earth a"s that catFC
C8 donEt know, aunt,C gasped the boy%
C=hy, 8 never see anyth"ng "ke "t% =hat d"d make h"m act soFC
C+eed 8 donEt know, Aunt Poy@ cats aways act so when theyEre hav"ng
a good t"me%C
CThey do, do theyFC There was someth"ng "n the tone that made Tom
C&esEm% That "s, 8 be"eve they do%C
C&ou +5FC
The od ady was bend"ng down, Tom watch"ng, w"th "nterest emphas">ed
by anA"ety% Too ate he d"v"ned her Cdr"ft%C The hande of the tetae
teaspoon was v"s"be under the bed'vaance% Aunt Poy took "t, hed "t
up% Tom w"nced, and dropped h"s eyes% Aunt Poy ra"sed h"m by the
usua hande''h"s ear''and cracked h"s head soundy w"th her th"mbe%
C;ow, s"r, what d"d you want to treat that poor dumb beast so, forFC
C8 done "t out of p"ty for h"m''because he hadnEt any aunt%C
C7adnEt any auntD''you numsku% =hat has that got to do w"th "tFC
C7eaps% Because "f heEd had one sheEd a burnt h"m out hersefD SheEd a
roasted h"s bowes out of h"m Ethout any more fee"ng than "f he was a
Aunt Poy fet a sudden pang of remorse% Th"s was putt"ng the th"ng
"n a new "ght@ what was cruety to a cat !8G7T be cruety to a boy,
too% She began to soften@ she fet sorry% 7er eyes watered a "tte,
and she put her hand on TomEs head and sa"d genty)
C8 was mean"ng for the best, Tom% And, Tom, "t +8+ do you good%C
Tom ooked up "n her face w"th just a percept"be tw"nke peep"ng
through h"s grav"ty%
C8 know you was mean"ng for the best, aunty, and so was 8 w"th Peter%
8t done 78! good, too% 8 never see h"m get around so s"nce''C
C5h, go Eong w"th you, Tom, before you aggravate me aga"n% And you
try and see "f you canEt be a good boy, for once, and you neednEt take
any more med"c"ne%C
Tom reached schoo ahead of t"me% 8t was not"ced that th"s strange
th"ng had been occurr"ng every day attery% And now, as usua of ate,
he hung about the gate of the schooyard "nstead of pay"ng w"th h"s
comrades% 7e was s"ck, he sa"d, and he ooked "t% 7e tr"ed to seem to
be ook"ng everywhere but wh"ther he reay was ook"ng''down the road%
Presenty 9eff Thatcher hove "n s"ght, and TomEs face "ghted@ he ga>ed
a moment, and then turned sorrowfuy away% =hen 9eff arr"ved, Tom
accosted h"m@ and Ced upC war"y to opportun"t"es for remark about
Becky, but the g"ddy ad never coud see the ba"t% Tom watched and
watched, hop"ng whenever a fr"sk"ng frock came "n s"ght, and hat"ng the
owner of "t as soon as he saw she was not the r"ght one% At ast frocks
ceased to appear, and he dropped hopeessy "nto the dumps@ he entered
the empty schoohouse and sat down to suffer% Then one more frock
passed "n at the gate, and TomEs heart gave a great bound% The neAt
"nstant he was out, and Cgo"ng onC "ke an 8nd"an@ ye"ng, augh"ng,
chas"ng boys, jump"ng over the fence at r"sk of "fe and "mb, throw"ng
handspr"ngs, stand"ng on h"s head''do"ng a the hero"c th"ngs he coud
conce"ve of, and keep"ng a furt"ve eye out, a the wh"e, to see "f
Becky Thatcher was not"c"ng% But she seemed to be unconsc"ous of "t
a@ she never ooked% Coud "t be poss"be that she was not aware that
he was thereF 7e carr"ed h"s eApo"ts to her "mmed"ate v"c"n"ty@ came
war'whoop"ng around, snatched a boyEs cap, hured "t to the roof of the
schoohouse, broke through a group of boys, tumb"ng them "n every
d"rect"on, and fe spraw"ng, h"msef, under BeckyEs nose, amost
upsett"ng her''and she turned, w"th her nose "n the a"r, and he heard
her say) C!fD some peope th"nk theyEre m"ghty smart''aways show"ng
TomEs cheeks burned% 7e gathered h"msef up and sneaked off, crushed
and crestfaen%
C7APTE* G888
T5!ES m"nd was made up now% 7e was goomy and desperate% 7e was a
forsaken, fr"endess boy, he sa"d@ nobody oved h"m@ when they found
out what they had dr"ven h"m to, perhaps they woud be sorry@ he had
tr"ed to do r"ght and get aong, but they woud not et h"m@ s"nce
noth"ng woud do them but to be r"d of h"m, et "t be so@ and et them
bame 78! for the conseBuences''why shoudnEt theyF =hat r"ght had the
fr"endess to compa"nF &es, they had forced h"m to "t at ast) he
woud ead a "fe of cr"me% There was no cho"ce%
By th"s t"me he was far down !eadow (ane, and the be for schoo to
Ctake upC t"nked fa"nty upon h"s ear% 7e sobbed, now, to th"nk he
shoud never, never hear that od fam""ar sound any more''"t was very
hard, but "t was forced on h"m@ s"nce he was dr"ven out "nto the cod
word, he must subm"t''but he forgave them% Then the sobs came th"ck
and fast%
9ust at th"s po"nt he met h"s souEs sworn comrade, 9oe 7arper
''hard'eyed, and w"th ev"denty a great and d"sma purpose "n h"s heart%
Pa"ny here were Ctwo sous w"th but a s"nge thought%C Tom, w"p"ng
h"s eyes w"th h"s seeve, began to bubber out someth"ng about a
resout"on to escape from hard usage and ack of sympathy at home by
roam"ng abroad "nto the great word never to return@ and ended by
hop"ng that 9oe woud not forget h"m%
But "t transp"red that th"s was a reBuest wh"ch 9oe had just been
go"ng to make of Tom, and had come to hunt h"m up for that purpose% 7"s
mother had wh"pped h"m for dr"nk"ng some cream wh"ch he had never
tasted and knew noth"ng about@ "t was pa"n that she was t"red of h"m
and w"shed h"m to go@ "f she fet that way, there was noth"ng for h"m
to do but succumb@ he hoped she woud be happy, and never regret hav"ng
dr"ven her poor boy out "nto the unfee"ng word to suffer and d"e%
As the two boys waked sorrow"ng aong, they made a new compact to
stand by each other and be brothers and never separate t" death
re"eved them of the"r troubes% Then they began to ay the"r pans%
9oe was for be"ng a herm"t, and "v"ng on crusts "n a remote cave, and
dy"ng, some t"me, of cod and want and gr"ef@ but after "sten"ng to
Tom, he conceded that there were some consp"cuous advantages about a
"fe of cr"me, and so he consented to be a p"rate%
Three m"es beow St% Petersburg, at a po"nt where the !"ss"ss"pp"
*"ver was a tr"fe over a m"e w"de, there was a ong, narrow, wooded
"sand, w"th a shaow bar at the head of "t, and th"s offered we as
a rende>vous% 8t was not "nhab"ted@ "t ay far over toward the further
shore, abreast a dense and amost whoy unpeoped forest% So 9acksonEs
8sand was chosen% =ho were to be the subjects of the"r p"rac"es was a
matter that d"d not occur to them% Then they hunted up 7uckeberry
6"nn, and he jo"ned them prompty, for a careers were one to h"m@ he
was "nd"fferent% They presenty separated to meet at a oney spot on
the r"ver'bank two m"es above the v"age at the favor"te hour''wh"ch
was m"dn"ght% There was a sma og raft there wh"ch they meant to
capture% Each woud br"ng hooks and "nes, and such prov"s"on as he
coud stea "n the most dark and myster"ous way''as became outaws% And
before the afternoon was done, they had a managed to enjoy the sweet
gory of spread"ng the fact that pretty soon the town woud Chear
someth"ng%C A who got th"s vague h"nt were caut"oned to Cbe mum and
About m"dn"ght Tom arr"ved w"th a bo"ed ham and a few tr"fes,
and stopped "n a dense undergrowth on a sma buff overook"ng the
meet"ng'pace% 8t was star"ght, and very st"% The m"ghty r"ver ay
"ke an ocean at rest% Tom "stened a moment, but no sound d"sturbed the
Bu"et% Then he gave a ow, d"st"nct wh"ste% 8t was answered from under
the buff% Tom wh"sted tw"ce more@ these s"gnas were answered "n the
same way% Then a guarded vo"ce sa"d)
C=ho goes thereFC
CTom Sawyer, the Back Avenger of the Span"sh !a"n% ;ame your names%C
C7uck 6"nn the *ed'7anded, and 9oe 7arper the Terror of the Seas%C Tom
had furn"shed these t"tes, from h"s favor"te "terature%
CET"s we% G"ve the counters"gn%C
Two hoarse wh"spers de"vered the same awfu word s"mutaneousy to
the brood"ng n"ght)
Then Tom tumbed h"s ham over the buff and et h"msef down after "t,
tear"ng both sk"n and cothes to some eAtent "n the effort% There was
an easy, comfortabe path aong the shore under the buff, but "t
acked the advantages of d"ff"cuty and danger so vaued by a p"rate%
The Terror of the Seas had brought a s"de of bacon, and had about worn
h"msef out w"th gett"ng "t there% 6"nn the *ed'7anded had stoen a
sk"et and a Buant"ty of haf'cured eaf tobacco, and had aso brought
a few corn'cobs to make p"pes w"th% But none of the p"rates smoked or
CchewedC but h"msef% The Back Avenger of the Span"sh !a"n sa"d "t
woud never do to start w"thout some f"re% That was a w"se thought@
matches were hardy known there "n that day% They saw a f"re
smouder"ng upon a great raft a hundred yards above, and they went
steath"y th"ther and heped themseves to a chunk% They made an
"mpos"ng adventure of "t, say"ng, C7"stDC every now and then, and
suddeny hat"ng w"th f"nger on "p@ mov"ng w"th hands on "mag"nary
dagger'h"ts@ and g"v"ng orders "n d"sma wh"spers that "f Cthe foeC
st"rred, to Cet h"m have "t to the h"t,C because Cdead men te no
taes%C They knew we enough that the raftsmen were a down at the
v"age ay"ng "n stores or hav"ng a spree, but st" that was no
eAcuse for the"r conduct"ng th"s th"ng "n an unp"rat"ca way%
They shoved off, presenty, Tom "n command, 7uck at the after oar and
9oe at the forward% Tom stood am"dsh"ps, goomy'browed, and w"th foded
arms, and gave h"s orders "n a ow, stern wh"sper)
C(uff, and br"ng her to the w"ndDC
CAye'aye, s"rDC
CSteady, steady'y'y'yDC
CSteady "t "s, s"rDC
C(et her go off a po"ntDC
CPo"nt "t "s, s"rDC
As the boys stead"y and monotonousy drove the raft toward m"d'stream
"t was no doubt understood that these orders were g"ven ony for
Cstye,C and were not "ntended to mean anyth"ng "n part"cuar%
C=hat sa"Es she carry"ngFC
CCourses, topsEs, and fy"ng'j"b, s"r%C
CSend the rEyas upD (ay out aoft, there, haf a do>en of ye
''foretopmaststunsED ("vey, nowDC
CAye'aye, s"rDC
CShake out that ma"ntogaansED Sheets and bracesD ;5= my heart"esDC
CAye'aye, s"rDC
C7eum'a'ee''hard a portD Stand by to meet her when she comesD Port,
portD ;5=, menD ="th a w"D Stead'y'y'yDC
CSteady "t "s, s"rDC
The raft drew beyond the m"dde of the r"ver@ the boys po"nted her
head r"ght, and then ay on the"r oars% The r"ver was not h"gh, so
there was not more than a two or three m"e current% 7ardy a word was
sa"d dur"ng the neAt three'Buarters of an hour% ;ow the raft was
pass"ng before the d"stant town% Two or three g"mmer"ng "ghts showed
where "t ay, peacefuy seep"ng, beyond the vague vast sweep of
star'gemmed water, unconsc"ous of the tremendous event that was happen"ng%
The Back Avenger stood st" w"th foded arms, Cook"ng h"s astC upon
the scene of h"s former joys and h"s ater suffer"ngs, and w"sh"ng
CsheC coud see h"m now, abroad on the w"d sea, fac"ng per" and death
w"th dauntess heart, go"ng to h"s doom w"th a gr"m sm"e on h"s "ps%
8t was but a sma stra"n on h"s "mag"nat"on to remove 9acksonEs 8sand
beyond eyeshot of the v"age, and so he Cooked h"s astC w"th a
broken and sat"sf"ed heart% The other p"rates were ook"ng the"r ast,
too@ and they a ooked so ong that they came near ett"ng the
current dr"ft them out of the range of the "sand% But they d"scovered
the danger "n t"me, and made sh"ft to avert "t% About two oEcock "n
the morn"ng the raft grounded on the bar two hundred yards above the
head of the "sand, and they waded back and forth unt" they had anded
the"r fre"ght% Part of the "tte raftEs beong"ngs cons"sted of an od
sa", and th"s they spread over a nook "n the bushes for a tent to
sheter the"r prov"s"ons@ but they themseves woud seep "n the open
a"r "n good weather, as became outaws%
They bu"t a f"re aga"nst the s"de of a great og twenty or th"rty
steps w"th"n the sombre depths of the forest, and then cooked some
bacon "n the fry"ng'pan for supper, and used up haf of the corn CponeC
stock they had brought% 8t seemed gor"ous sport to be feast"ng "n that
w"d, free way "n the v"rg"n forest of an uneApored and un"nhab"ted
"sand, far from the haunts of men, and they sa"d they never woud
return to c"v"">at"on% The c"mb"ng f"re "t up the"r faces and threw
"ts ruddy gare upon the p"ared tree'trunks of the"r forest tempe,
and upon the varn"shed fo"age and festoon"ng v"nes%
=hen the ast cr"sp s"ce of bacon was gone, and the ast aowance of
corn pone devoured, the boys stretched themseves out on the grass,
f"ed w"th contentment% They coud have found a cooer pace, but they
woud not deny themseves such a romant"c feature as the roast"ng
CA8;ET "t gayFC sa"d 9oe%
C8tEs ;:TSDC sa"d Tom% C=hat woud the boys say "f they coud see usFC
CSayF =e, theyEd just d"e to be here''hey, 7uckyDC
C8 reckon so,C sa"d 7uckeberry@ Canyways, 8Em su"ted% 8 donEt want
noth"ng betterEn th"s% 8 donEt ever get enough to eat, genEay''and
here they canEt come and p"ck at a feer and buyrag h"m so%C
C8tEs just the "fe for me,C sa"d Tom% C&ou donEt have to get up,
morn"ngs, and you donEt have to go to schoo, and wash, and a that
bame foo"shness% &ou see a p"rate donEt have to do A;&T78;G, 9oe,
when heEs ashore, but a herm"t 7E has to be pray"ng cons"derabe, and
then he donEt have any fun, anyway, a by h"msef that way%C
C5h yes, thatEs so,C sa"d 9oe, Cbut 8 hadnEt thought much about "t,
you know% 8Ed a good dea rather be a p"rate, now that 8Eve tr"ed "t%C
C&ou see,C sa"d Tom, Cpeope donEt go much on herm"ts, nowadays, "ke
they used to "n od t"mes, but a p"rateEs aways respected% And a
herm"tEs got to seep on the hardest pace he can f"nd, and put
sackcoth and ashes on h"s head, and stand out "n the ra"n, and''C
C=hat does he put sackcoth and ashes on h"s head forFC "nBu"red 7uck%
C8 dono% But theyEve G5T to do "t% 7erm"ts aways do% &ouEd have to do
that "f you was a herm"t%C
C+ernEd "f 8 woud,C sa"d 7uck%
C=e, what woud you doFC
C8 dono% But 8 woudnEt do that%C
C=hy, 7uck, youEd 7A?E to% 7owEd you get around "tFC
C=hy, 8 just woudnEt stand "t% 8Ed run away%C
C*un awayD =e, you =5:(+ be a n"ce od souch of a herm"t% &ouEd be
a d"sgrace%C
The *ed'7anded made no response, be"ng better empoyed% 7e had
f"n"shed goug"ng out a cob, and now he f"tted a weed stem to "t, oaded
"t w"th tobacco, and was press"ng a coa to the charge and bow"ng a
coud of fragrant smoke''he was "n the fu boom of uAur"ous
contentment% The other p"rates env"ed h"m th"s majest"c v"ce, and
secrety resoved to acBu"re "t shorty% Presenty 7uck sa"d)
C=hat does p"rates have to doFC
Tom sa"d)
C5h, they have just a buy t"me''take sh"ps and burn them, and get
the money and bury "t "n awfu paces "n the"r "sand where thereEs
ghosts and th"ngs to watch "t, and k" everybody "n the sh"ps''make
Eem wak a pank%C
CAnd they carry the women to the "sand,C sa"d 9oe@ Cthey donEt k"
the women%C
C;o,C assented Tom, Cthey donEt k" the women''theyEre too nobe% And
the womenEs aways beaut"fu, too%
CAnd donEt they wear the bu"est cothesD 5h noD A god and s"ver
and d"Emonds,C sa"d 9oe, w"th enthus"asm%
C=hoFC sa"d 7uck%
C=hy, the p"rates%C
7uck scanned h"s own coth"ng fororny%
C8 reckon 8 a"nEt dressed f"tten for a p"rate,C sa"d he, w"th a
regretfu pathos "n h"s vo"ce@ Cbut 8 a"nEt got none but these%C
But the other boys tod h"m the f"ne cothes woud come fast enough,
after they shoud have begun the"r adventures% They made h"m understand
that h"s poor rags woud do to beg"n w"th, though "t was customary for
weathy p"rates to start w"th a proper wardrobe%
Graduay the"r tak d"ed out and drows"ness began to stea upon the
eye"ds of the "tte wa"fs% The p"pe dropped from the f"ngers of the
*ed'7anded, and he sept the seep of the consc"ence'free and the
weary% The Terror of the Seas and the Back Avenger of the Span"sh !a"n
had more d"ff"cuty "n gett"ng to seep% They sa"d the"r prayers
"nwardy, and y"ng down, s"nce there was nobody there w"th author"ty
to make them knee and rec"te aoud@ "n truth, they had a m"nd not to
say them at a, but they were afra"d to proceed to such engths as
that, est they m"ght ca down a sudden and spec"a thunderbot from
heaven% Then at once they reached and hovered upon the "mm"nent verge
of seep''but an "ntruder came, now, that woud not Cdown%C 8t was
consc"ence% They began to fee a vague fear that they had been do"ng
wrong to run away@ and neAt they thought of the stoen meat, and then
the rea torture came% They tr"ed to argue "t away by rem"nd"ng
consc"ence that they had puro"ned sweetmeats and appes scores of
t"mes@ but consc"ence was not to be appeased by such th"n
paus"b""t"es@ "t seemed to them, "n the end, that there was no
gett"ng around the stubborn fact that tak"ng sweetmeats was ony
Chook"ng,C wh"e tak"ng bacon and hams and such vauabes was pa"n
s"mpe stea"ng''and there was a command aga"nst that "n the B"be% So
they "nwardy resoved that so ong as they rema"ned "n the bus"ness,
the"r p"rac"es shoud not aga"n be su"ed w"th the cr"me of stea"ng%
Then consc"ence granted a truce, and these cur"ousy "ncons"stent
p"rates fe peacefuy to seep%
=7E; Tom awoke "n the morn"ng, he wondered where he was% 7e sat up and
rubbed h"s eyes and ooked around% Then he comprehended% 8t was the
coo gray dawn, and there was a de"c"ous sense of repose and peace "n
the deep pervad"ng cam and s"ence of the woods% ;ot a eaf st"rred@
not a sound obtruded upon great ;atureEs med"tat"on% Beaded dewdrops
stood upon the eaves and grasses% A wh"te ayer of ashes covered the
f"re, and a th"n bue breath of smoke rose stra"ght "nto the a"r% 9oe
and 7uck st" sept%
;ow, far away "n the woods a b"rd caed@ another answered@ presenty
the hammer"ng of a woodpecker was heard% Graduay the coo d"m gray of
the morn"ng wh"tened, and as graduay sounds mut"p"ed and "fe
man"fested "tsef% The marve of ;ature shak"ng off seep and go"ng to
work unfoded "tsef to the mus"ng boy% A "tte green worm came
craw"ng over a dewy eaf, "ft"ng two'th"rds of h"s body "nto the a"r
from t"me to t"me and Csn"ff"ng around,C then proceed"ng aga"n''for he
was measur"ng, Tom sa"d@ and when the worm approached h"m, of "ts own
accord, he sat as st" as a stone, w"th h"s hopes r"s"ng and fa"ng,
by turns, as the creature st" came toward h"m or seemed "nc"ned to
go esewhere@ and when at ast "t cons"dered a pa"nfu moment w"th "ts
curved body "n the a"r and then came dec"s"vey down upon TomEs eg and
began a journey over h"m, h"s whoe heart was gad''for that meant that
he was go"ng to have a new su"t of cothes''w"thout the shadow of a
doubt a gaudy p"rat"ca un"form% ;ow a process"on of ants appeared,
from nowhere "n part"cuar, and went about the"r abors@ one strugged
manfuy by w"th a dead sp"der f"ve t"mes as b"g as "tsef "n "ts arms,
and ugged "t stra"ght up a tree'trunk% A brown spotted ady'bug
c"mbed the d">>y he"ght of a grass bade, and Tom bent down cose to
"t and sa"d, C(ady'bug, ady'bug, fy away home, your house "s on f"re,
your ch"drenEs aone,C and she took w"ng and went off to see about "t
''wh"ch d"d not surpr"se the boy, for he knew of od that th"s "nsect was
creduous about confagrat"ons, and he had pract"sed upon "ts
s"mp"c"ty more than once% A tumbebug came neAt, heav"ng sturd"y at
"ts ba, and Tom touched the creature, to see "t shut "ts egs aga"nst
"ts body and pretend to be dead% The b"rds were fa"ry r"ot"ng by th"s
t"me% A catb"rd, the ;orthern mocker, "t "n a tree over TomEs head,
and tr"ed out her "m"tat"ons of her ne"ghbors "n a rapture of
enjoyment@ then a shr" jay swept down, a fash of bue fame, and
stopped on a tw"g amost w"th"n the boyEs reach, cocked h"s head to one
s"de and eyed the strangers w"th a consum"ng cur"os"ty@ a gray sBu"rre
and a b"g feow of the CfoAC k"nd came skurry"ng aong, s"tt"ng up at
"ntervas to "nspect and chatter at the boys, for the w"d th"ngs had
probaby never seen a human be"ng before and scarcey knew whether to
be afra"d or not% A ;ature was w"de awake and st"rr"ng, now@ ong
ances of sun"ght p"erced down through the dense fo"age far and near,
and a few butterf"es came futter"ng upon the scene%
Tom st"rred up the other p"rates and they a cattered away w"th a
shout, and "n a m"nute or two were str"pped and chas"ng after and
tumb"ng over each other "n the shaow "mp"d water of the wh"te
sandbar% They fet no ong"ng for the "tte v"age seep"ng "n the
d"stance beyond the majest"c waste of water% A vagrant current or a
s"ght r"se "n the r"ver had carr"ed off the"r raft, but th"s ony
grat"f"ed them, s"nce "ts go"ng was someth"ng "ke burn"ng the br"dge
between them and c"v"">at"on%
They came back to camp wonderfuy refreshed, gad'hearted, and
ravenous@ and they soon had the camp'f"re ba>"ng up aga"n% 7uck found
a spr"ng of cear cod water cose by, and the boys made cups of broad
oak or h"ckory eaves, and fet that water, sweetened w"th such a
w"dwood charm as that, woud be a good enough subst"tute for coffee%
=h"e 9oe was s"c"ng bacon for breakfast, Tom and 7uck asked h"m to
hod on a m"nute@ they stepped to a prom"s"ng nook "n the r"ver'bank
and threw "n the"r "nes@ amost "mmed"atey they had reward% 9oe had
not had t"me to get "mpat"ent before they were back aga"n w"th some
handsome bass, a coupe of sun'perch and a sma catf"sh''prov"s"ons
enough for Bu"te a fam"y% They fr"ed the f"sh w"th the bacon, and were
aston"shed@ for no f"sh had ever seemed so de"c"ous before% They d"d
not know that the Bu"cker a fresh'water f"sh "s on the f"re after he "s
caught the better he "s@ and they refected "tte upon what a sauce
open'a"r seep"ng, open'a"r eAerc"se, bath"ng, and a arge "ngred"ent
of hunger make, too%
They ay around "n the shade, after breakfast, wh"e 7uck had a smoke,
and then went off through the woods on an eApor"ng eAped"t"on% They
tramped gayy aong, over decay"ng ogs, through tanged underbrush,
among soemn monarchs of the forest, hung from the"r crowns to the
ground w"th a droop"ng rega"a of grape'v"nes% ;ow and then they came
upon snug nooks carpeted w"th grass and jeweed w"th fowers%
They found penty of th"ngs to be de"ghted w"th, but noth"ng to be
aston"shed at% They d"scovered that the "sand was about three m"es
ong and a Buarter of a m"e w"de, and that the shore "t ay cosest to
was ony separated from "t by a narrow channe hardy two hundred yards
w"de% They took a sw"m about every hour, so "t was cose upon the
m"dde of the afternoon when they got back to camp% They were too
hungry to stop to f"sh, but they fared sumptuousy upon cod ham, and
then threw themseves down "n the shade to tak% But the tak soon
began to drag, and then d"ed% The st"ness, the soemn"ty that brooded
"n the woods, and the sense of one"ness, began to te upon the
sp"r"ts of the boys% They fe to th"nk"ng% A sort of undef"ned ong"ng
crept upon them% Th"s took d"m shape, presenty''"t was budd"ng
homes"ckness% Even 6"nn the *ed'7anded was dream"ng of h"s doorsteps
and empty hogsheads% But they were a ashamed of the"r weakness, and
none was brave enough to speak h"s thought%
6or some t"me, now, the boys had been duy consc"ous of a pecu"ar
sound "n the d"stance, just as one somet"mes "s of the t"ck"ng of a
cock wh"ch he takes no d"st"nct note of% But now th"s myster"ous sound
became more pronounced, and forced a recogn"t"on% The boys started,
ganced at each other, and then each assumed a "sten"ng att"tude%
There was a ong s"ence, profound and unbroken@ then a deep, suen
boom came foat"ng down out of the d"stance%
C=hat "s "tDC eAca"med 9oe, under h"s breath%
C8 wonder,C sa"d Tom "n a wh"sper%
CETa"nEt thunder,C sa"d 7uckeberry, "n an awed tone, Cbecu> thunder''C
C7arkDC sa"d Tom% C("sten''donEt tak%C
They wa"ted a t"me that seemed an age, and then the same muffed boom
troubed the soemn hush%
C(etEs go and see%C
They sprang to the"r feet and hurr"ed to the shore toward the town%
They parted the bushes on the bank and peered out over the water% The
"tte steam ferryboat was about a m"e beow the v"age, dr"ft"ng
w"th the current% 7er broad deck seemed crowded w"th peope% There were
a great many sk"ffs row"ng about or foat"ng w"th the stream "n the
ne"ghborhood of the ferryboat, but the boys coud not determ"ne what
the men "n them were do"ng% Presenty a great jet of wh"te smoke burst
from the ferryboatEs s"de, and as "t eApanded and rose "n a a>y coud,
that same du throb of sound was borne to the "steners aga"n%
C8 know nowDC eAca"med Tom@ CsomebodyEs drowndedDC
CThatEs "tDC sa"d 7uck@ Cthey done that ast summer, when B" Turner
got drownded@ they shoot a cannon over the water, and that makes h"m
come up to the top% &es, and they take oaves of bread and put
Bu"cks"ver "n Eem and set Eem afoat, and wherever thereEs anybody
thatEs drownded, theyE foat r"ght there and stop%C
C&es, 8Eve heard about that,C sa"d 9oe% C8 wonder what makes the bread
do that%C
C5h, "t a"nEt the bread, so much,C sa"d Tom@ C8 reckon "tEs mosty
what they SA& over "t before they start "t out%C
CBut they donEt say anyth"ng over "t,C sa"d 7uck% C8Eve seen Eem and
they donEt%C
C=e, thatEs funny,C sa"d Tom% CBut maybe they say "t to themseves%
5f C5:*SE they do% Anybody m"ght know that%C
The other boys agreed that there was reason "n what Tom sa"d, because
an "gnorant ump of bread, un"nstructed by an "ncantat"on, coud not be
eApected to act very "nte"genty when set upon an errand of such
CBy j"ngs, 8 w"sh 8 was over there, now,C sa"d 9oe%
C8 do tooC sa"d 7uck C8Ed g"ve heaps to know who "t "s%C
The boys st" "stened and watched% Presenty a revea"ng thought
fashed through TomEs m"nd, and he eAca"med)
CBoys, 8 know whoEs drownded''"tEs usDC
They fet "ke heroes "n an "nstant% 7ere was a gorgeous tr"umph@ they
were m"ssed@ they were mourned@ hearts were break"ng on the"r account@
tears were be"ng shed@ accus"ng memor"es of unk"ndness to these poor
ost ads were r"s"ng up, and unava""ng regrets and remorse were be"ng
"nduged@ and best of a, the departed were the tak of the whoe
town, and the envy of a the boys, as far as th"s da>>"ng notor"ety
was concerned% Th"s was f"ne% 8t was worth wh"e to be a p"rate, after
As tw""ght drew on, the ferryboat went back to her accustomed
bus"ness and the sk"ffs d"sappeared% The p"rates returned to camp% They
were jub"ant w"th van"ty over the"r new grandeur and the "ustr"ous
troube they were mak"ng% They caught f"sh, cooked supper and ate "t,
and then fe to guess"ng at what the v"age was th"nk"ng and say"ng
about them@ and the p"ctures they drew of the pub"c d"stress on the"r
account were grat"fy"ng to ook upon''from the"r po"nt of v"ew% But
when the shadows of n"ght cosed them "n, they graduay ceased to
tak, and sat ga>"ng "nto the f"re, w"th the"r m"nds ev"denty
wander"ng esewhere% The eAc"tement was gone, now, and Tom and 9oe
coud not keep back thoughts of certa"n persons at home who were not
enjoy"ng th"s f"ne fro"c as much as they were% !"sg"v"ngs came@ they
grew troubed and unhappy@ a s"gh or two escaped, unawares% By and by
9oe t"m"dy ventured upon a roundabout CfeeerC as to how the others
m"ght ook upon a return to c"v"">at"on''not r"ght now, but''
Tom w"thered h"m w"th der"s"onD 7uck, be"ng uncomm"tted as yet, jo"ned
"n w"th Tom, and the waverer Bu"cky CeApa"ned,C and was gad to get
out of the scrape w"th as "tte ta"nt of ch"cken'hearted homes"ckness
c"ng"ng to h"s garments as he coud% !ut"ny was effectuay a"d to
rest for the moment%
As the n"ght deepened, 7uck began to nod, and presenty to snore% 9oe
foowed neAt% Tom ay upon h"s ebow mot"oness, for some t"me,
watch"ng the two "ntenty% At ast he got up caut"ousy, on h"s knees,
and went search"ng among the grass and the f"cker"ng refect"ons fung
by the camp'f"re% 7e p"cked up and "nspected severa arge
sem"'cy"nders of the th"n wh"te bark of a sycamore, and f"nay chose
two wh"ch seemed to su"t h"m% Then he knet by the f"re and pa"nfuy
wrote someth"ng upon each of these w"th h"s Cred keeC@ one he roed up
and put "n h"s jacket pocket, and the other he put "n 9oeEs hat and
removed "t to a "tte d"stance from the owner% And he aso put "nto the
hat certa"n schooboy treasures of amost "nest"mabe vaue''among them
a ump of chak, an 8nd"a'rubber ba, three f"shhooks, and one of that
k"nd of marbes known as a Csure Enough crysta%C Then he t"ptoed h"s
way caut"ousy among the trees t" he fet that he was out of hear"ng,
and stra"ghtway broke "nto a keen run "n the d"rect"on of the sandbar%
A 6E= m"nutes ater Tom was "n the shoa water of the bar, wad"ng
toward the 8"no"s shore% Before the depth reached h"s m"dde he was
haf'way over@ the current woud perm"t no more wad"ng, now, so he
struck out conf"denty to sw"m the rema"n"ng hundred yards% 7e swam
Buarter"ng upstream, but st" was swept downward rather faster than he
had eApected% 7owever, he reached the shore f"nay, and dr"fted aong
t" he found a ow pace and drew h"msef out% 7e put h"s hand on h"s
jacket pocket, found h"s p"ece of bark safe, and then struck through
the woods, foow"ng the shore, w"th stream"ng garments% Shorty before
ten oEcock he came out "nto an open pace oppos"te the v"age, and
saw the ferryboat y"ng "n the shadow of the trees and the h"gh bank%
Everyth"ng was Bu"et under the b"nk"ng stars% 7e crept down the bank,
watch"ng w"th a h"s eyes, s"pped "nto the water, swam three or four
strokes and c"mbed "nto the sk"ff that d"d CyawC duty at the boatEs
stern% 7e a"d h"msef down under the thwarts and wa"ted, pant"ng%
Presenty the cracked be tapped and a vo"ce gave the order to Ccast
off%C A m"nute or two ater the sk"ffEs head was stand"ng h"gh up,
aga"nst the boatEs swe, and the voyage was begun% Tom fet happy "n
h"s success, for he knew "t was the boatEs ast tr"p for the n"ght% At
the end of a ong tweve or f"fteen m"nutes the whees stopped, and Tom
s"pped overboard and swam ashore "n the dusk, and"ng f"fty yards
downstream, out of danger of poss"be straggers%
7e few aong unfreBuented aeys, and shorty found h"msef at h"s
auntEs back fence% 7e c"mbed over, approached the Ce,C and ooked "n
at the s"tt"ng'room w"ndow, for a "ght was burn"ng there% There sat
Aunt Poy, S"d, !ary, and 9oe 7arperEs mother, grouped together,
tak"ng% They were by the bed, and the bed was between them and the
door% Tom went to the door and began to softy "ft the atch@ then he
pressed genty and the door y"eded a crack@ he cont"nued push"ng
caut"ousy, and Buak"ng every t"me "t creaked, t" he judged he m"ght
sBuee>e through on h"s knees@ so he put h"s head through and began,
C=hat makes the cande bow soFC sa"d Aunt Poy% Tom hurr"ed up%
C=hy, that doorEs open, 8 be"eve% =hy, of course "t "s% ;o end of
strange th"ngs now% Go Eong and shut "t, S"d%C
Tom d"sappeared under the bed just "n t"me% 7e ay and CbreathedC
h"msef for a t"me, and then crept to where he coud amost touch h"s
auntEs foot%
CBut as 8 was say"ng,C sa"d Aunt Poy, Che warnEt BA+, so to say
''ony m"schEEvous% 5ny just g"ddy, and harum'scarum, you know% 7e
warnEt any more respons"be than a cot% 7E never meant any harm, and
he was the best'hearted boy that ever wasC''and she began to cry%
C8t was just so w"th my 9oe''aways fu of h"s dev"ment, and up to
every k"nd of m"sch"ef, but he was just as unsef"sh and k"nd as he
coud be''and aws bess me, to th"nk 8 went and wh"pped h"m for tak"ng
that cream, never once recoect"ng that 8 throwed "t out mysef
because "t was sour, and 8 never to see h"m aga"n "n th"s word, never,
never, never, poor abused boyDC And !rs% 7arper sobbed as "f her heart
woud break%
C8 hope TomEs better off where he "s,C sa"d S"d, Cbut "f heEd been
better "n some ways''C
CS8+DC Tom fet the gare of the od adyEs eye, though he coud not
see "t% C;ot a word aga"nst my Tom, now that heEs goneD GodE take
care of 78!''never you troube &5:*sef, s"rD 5h, !rs% 7arper, 8 donEt
know how to g"ve h"m upD 8 donEt know how to g"ve h"m upD 7e was such a
comfort to me, athough he tormented my od heart out of me, Emost%C
CThe (ord g"veth and the (ord hath taken away''Bessed be the name of
the (ordD But "tEs so hard''5h, "tEs so hardD 5ny ast Saturday my
9oe busted a f"recracker r"ght under my nose and 8 knocked h"m
spraw"ng% ("tte d"d 8 know then, how soon''5h, "f "t was to do over
aga"n 8Ed hug h"m and bess h"m for "t%C
C&es, yes, yes, 8 know just how you fee, !rs% 7arper, 8 know just
eAacty how you fee% ;o onger ago than yesterday noon, my Tom took
and f"ed the cat fu of Pa"n'k"er, and 8 d"d th"nk the cretur
woud tear the house down% And God forg"ve me, 8 cracked TomEs head
w"th my th"mbe, poor boy, poor dead boy% But heEs out of a h"s
troubes now% And the ast words 8 ever heard h"m say was to reproach''C
But th"s memory was too much for the od ady, and she broke ent"rey
down% Tom was snuff"ng, now, h"msef''and more "n p"ty of h"msef than
anybody ese% 7e coud hear !ary cry"ng, and putt"ng "n a k"ndy word
for h"m from t"me to t"me% 7e began to have a nober op"n"on of h"msef
than ever before% St", he was suff"c"enty touched by h"s auntEs
gr"ef to ong to rush out from under the bed and overwhem her w"th
joy''and the theatr"ca gorgeousness of the th"ng appeaed strongy to
h"s nature, too, but he res"sted and ay st"%
7e went on "sten"ng, and gathered by odds and ends that "t was
conjectured at f"rst that the boys had got drowned wh"e tak"ng a sw"m@
then the sma raft had been m"ssed@ neAt, certa"n boys sa"d the
m"ss"ng ads had prom"sed that the v"age shoud Chear someth"ngC
soon@ the w"se'heads had Cput th"s and that togetherC and dec"ded that
the ads had gone off on that raft and woud turn up at the neAt town
beow, presenty@ but toward noon the raft had been found, odged
aga"nst the !"ssour" shore some f"ve or s"A m"es beow the v"age
''and then hope per"shed@ they must be drowned, ese hunger woud have
dr"ven them home by n"ghtfa "f not sooner% 8t was be"eved that the
search for the bod"es had been a fru"tess effort merey because the
drown"ng must have occurred "n m"d'channe, s"nce the boys, be"ng good
sw"mmers, woud otherw"se have escaped to shore% Th"s was =ednesday
n"ght% 8f the bod"es cont"nued m"ss"ng unt" Sunday, a hope woud be
g"ven over, and the funeras woud be preached on that morn"ng% Tom
!rs% 7arper gave a sobb"ng good'n"ght and turned to go% Then w"th a
mutua "mpuse the two bereaved women fung themseves "nto each
otherEs arms and had a good, conso"ng cry, and then parted% Aunt Poy
was tender far beyond her wont, "n her good'n"ght to S"d and !ary% S"d
snuffed a b"t and !ary went off cry"ng w"th a her heart%
Aunt Poy knet down and prayed for Tom so touch"ngy, so
appea"ngy, and w"th such measureess ove "n her words and her od
tremb"ng vo"ce, that he was weter"ng "n tears aga"n, ong before she
was through%
7e had to keep st" ong after she went to bed, for she kept mak"ng
broken'hearted ejacuat"ons from t"me to t"me, toss"ng unrestfuy, and
turn"ng over% But at ast she was st", ony moan"ng a "tte "n her
seep% ;ow the boy stoe out, rose graduay by the beds"de, shaded the
cande'"ght w"th h"s hand, and stood regard"ng her% 7"s heart was fu
of p"ty for her% 7e took out h"s sycamore scro and paced "t by the
cande% But someth"ng occurred to h"m, and he "ngered cons"der"ng% 7"s
face "ghted w"th a happy sout"on of h"s thought@ he put the bark
hast"y "n h"s pocket% Then he bent over and k"ssed the faded "ps, and
stra"ghtway made h"s steathy eA"t, atch"ng the door beh"nd h"m%
7e threaded h"s way back to the ferry and"ng, found nobody at arge
there, and waked body on board the boat, for he knew she was
tenantess eAcept that there was a watchman, who aways turned "n and
sept "ke a graven "mage% 7e unt"ed the sk"ff at the stern, s"pped
"nto "t, and was soon row"ng caut"ousy upstream% =hen he had pued a
m"e above the v"age, he started Buarter"ng across and bent h"msef
stouty to h"s work% 7e h"t the and"ng on the other s"de neaty, for
th"s was a fam""ar b"t of work to h"m% 7e was moved to capture the
sk"ff, argu"ng that "t m"ght be cons"dered a sh"p and therefore
eg"t"mate prey for a p"rate, but he knew a thorough search woud be
made for "t and that m"ght end "n reveat"ons% So he stepped ashore and
entered the woods%
7e sat down and took a ong rest, tortur"ng h"msef meanwh"e to keep
awake, and then started war"y down the home'stretch% The n"ght was far
spent% 8t was broad day"ght before he found h"msef fa"ry abreast the
"sand bar% 7e rested aga"n unt" the sun was we up and g"d"ng the
great r"ver w"th "ts spendor, and then he punged "nto the stream% A
"tte ater he paused, dr"pp"ng, upon the threshod of the camp, and
heard 9oe say)
C;o, TomEs true'bue, 7uck, and heE come back% 7e wonEt desert% 7e
knows that woud be a d"sgrace to a p"rate, and TomEs too proud for
that sort of th"ng% 7eEs up to someth"ng or other% ;ow 8 wonder whatFC
C=e, the th"ngs "s ours, anyway, a"nEt theyFC
CPretty near, but not yet, 7uck% The wr"t"ng says they are "f he a"nEt
back here to breakfast%C
C=h"ch he "sDC eAca"med Tom, w"th f"ne dramat"c effect, stepp"ng
grandy "nto camp%
A sumptuous breakfast of bacon and f"sh was shorty prov"ded, and as
the boys set to work upon "t, Tom recounted #and adorned$ h"s
adventures% They were a va"n and boastfu company of heroes when the
tae was done% Then Tom h"d h"msef away "n a shady nook to seep t"
noon, and the other p"rates got ready to f"sh and eApore%
A6TE* d"nner a the gang turned out to hunt for turte eggs on the
bar% They went about pok"ng st"cks "nto the sand, and when they found a
soft pace they went down on the"r knees and dug w"th the"r hands%
Somet"mes they woud take f"fty or s"Aty eggs out of one hoe% They
were perfecty round wh"te th"ngs a tr"fe smaer than an Eng"sh
wanut% They had a famous fr"ed'egg feast that n"ght, and another on
6r"day morn"ng%
After breakfast they went whoop"ng and pranc"ng out on the bar, and
chased each other round and round, shedd"ng cothes as they went, unt"
they were naked, and then cont"nued the fro"c far away up the shoa
water of the bar, aga"nst the st"ff current, wh"ch atter tr"pped the"r
egs from under them from t"me to t"me and greaty "ncreased the fun%
And now and then they stooped "n a group and spashed water "n each
otherEs faces w"th the"r pams, graduay approach"ng each other, w"th
averted faces to avo"d the strang"ng sprays, and f"nay gr"pp"ng and
strugg"ng t" the best man ducked h"s ne"ghbor, and then they a
went under "n a tange of wh"te egs and arms and came up bow"ng,
sputter"ng, augh"ng, and gasp"ng for breath at one and the same t"me%
=hen they were we eAhausted, they woud run out and spraw on the
dry, hot sand, and "e there and cover themseves up w"th "t, and by
and by break for the water aga"n and go through the or"g"na
performance once more% 6"nay "t occurred to them that the"r naked
sk"n represented fesh'coored Ct"ghtsC very fa"ry@ so they drew a
r"ng "n the sand and had a c"rcus''w"th three cowns "n "t, for none
woud y"ed th"s proudest post to h"s ne"ghbor%
;eAt they got the"r marbes and payed CknucksC and Cr"ng'tawC and
CkeepsC t" that amusement grew stae% Then 9oe and 7uck had another
sw"m, but Tom woud not venture, because he found that "n k"ck"ng off
h"s trousers he had k"cked h"s str"ng of rattesnake rattes off h"s
anke, and he wondered how he had escaped cramp so ong w"thout the
protect"on of th"s myster"ous charm% 7e d"d not venture aga"n unt" he
had found "t, and by that t"me the other boys were t"red and ready to
rest% They graduay wandered apart, dropped "nto the Cdumps,C and fe
to ga>"ng ong"ngy across the w"de r"ver to where the v"age ay
drows"ng "n the sun% Tom found h"msef wr"t"ng CBEC<&C "n the sand w"th
h"s b"g toe@ he scratched "t out, and was angry w"th h"msef for h"s
weakness% But he wrote "t aga"n, nevertheess@ he coud not hep "t% 7e
erased "t once more and then took h"msef out of temptat"on by dr"v"ng
the other boys together and jo"n"ng them%
But 9oeEs sp"r"ts had gone down amost beyond resurrect"on% 7e was so
homes"ck that he coud hardy endure the m"sery of "t% The tears ay
very near the surface% 7uck was meanchoy, too% Tom was downhearted,
but tr"ed hard not to show "t% 7e had a secret wh"ch he was not ready
to te, yet, but "f th"s mut"nous depress"on was not broken up soon,
he woud have to br"ng "t out% 7e sa"d, w"th a great show of
C8 bet thereEs been p"rates on th"s "sand before, boys% =eE eApore
"t aga"n% TheyEve h"d treasures here somewhere% 7owEd you fee to "ght
on a rotten chest fu of god and s"ver''heyFC
But "t roused ony fa"nt enthus"asm, wh"ch faded out, w"th no repy%
Tom tr"ed one or two other seduct"ons@ but they fa"ed, too% 8t was
d"scourag"ng work% 9oe sat pok"ng up the sand w"th a st"ck and ook"ng
very goomy% 6"nay he sa"d)
C5h, boys, etEs g"ve "t up% 8 want to go home% 8tEs so onesome%C
C5h no, 9oe, youE fee better by and by,C sa"d Tom% C9ust th"nk of
the f"sh"ng thatEs here%C
C8 donEt care for f"sh"ng% 8 want to go home%C
CBut, 9oe, there a"nEt such another sw"mm"ng'pace anywhere%C
CSw"mm"ngEs no good% 8 donEt seem to care for "t, somehow, when there
a"nEt anybody to say 8 shaEnEt go "n% 8 mean to go home%C
C5h, shucksD BabyD &ou want to see your mother, 8 reckon%C
C&es, 8 +5 want to see my mother''and you woud, too, "f you had one%
8 a"nEt any more baby than you are%C And 9oe snuffed a "tte%
C=e, weE et the cry'baby go home to h"s mother, wonEt we, 7uckF
Poor th"ng''does "t want to see "ts motherF And so "t sha% &ou "ke
"t here, donEt you, 7uckF =eE stay, wonEt weFC
7uck sa"d, C&'e'sC''w"thout any heart "n "t%
C8E never speak to you aga"n as ong as 8 "ve,C sa"d 9oe, r"s"ng%
CThere nowDC And he moved mood"y away and began to dress h"msef%
C=ho caresDC sa"d Tom% C;obody wants you to% Go Eong home and get
aughed at% 5h, youEre a n"ce p"rate% 7uck and me a"nEt cry'bab"es%
=eE stay, wonEt we, 7uckF (et h"m go "f he wants to% 8 reckon we can
get aong w"thout h"m, perEaps%C
But Tom was uneasy, nevertheess, and was aarmed to see 9oe go
sueny on w"th h"s dress"ng% And then "t was d"scomfort"ng to see
7uck ey"ng 9oeEs preparat"ons so w"stfuy, and keep"ng up such an
om"nous s"ence% Presenty, w"thout a part"ng word, 9oe began to wade
off toward the 8"no"s shore% TomEs heart began to s"nk% 7e ganced at
7uck% 7uck coud not bear the ook, and dropped h"s eyes% Then he sa"d)
C8 want to go, too, Tom% 8t was gett"ng so onesome anyway, and now
"tE be worse% (etEs us go, too, Tom%C
C8 wonEtD &ou can a go, "f you want to% 8 mean to stay%C
CTom, 8 better go%C
C=e, go Eong''whoEs hender"ng you%C
7uck began to p"ck up h"s scattered cothes% 7e sa"d)
CTom, 8 w"sht youEd come, too% ;ow you th"nk "t over% =eE wa"t for
you when we get to shore%C
C=e, youE wa"t a bame ong t"me, thatEs a%C
7uck started sorrowfuy away, and Tom stood ook"ng after h"m, w"th a
strong des"re tugg"ng at h"s heart to y"ed h"s pr"de and go aong too%
7e hoped the boys woud stop, but they st" waded sowy on% 8t
suddeny dawned on Tom that "t was become very oney and st"% 7e
made one f"na strugge w"th h"s pr"de, and then darted after h"s
comrades, ye"ng)
C=a"tD =a"tD 8 want to te you someth"ngDC
They presenty stopped and turned around% =hen he got to where they
were, he began unfod"ng h"s secret, and they "stened mood"y t" at
ast they saw the Cpo"ntC he was dr"v"ng at, and then they set up a
war'whoop of appause and sa"d "t was Cspend"dDC and sa"d "f he had
tod them at f"rst, they woudnEt have started away% 7e made a paus"be
eAcuse@ but h"s rea reason had been the fear that not even the secret
woud keep them w"th h"m any very great ength of t"me, and so he had
meant to hod "t "n reserve as a ast seduct"on%
The ads came gayy back and went at the"r sports aga"n w"th a w",
chatter"ng a the t"me about TomEs stupendous pan and adm"r"ng the
gen"us of "t% After a da"nty egg and f"sh d"nner, Tom sa"d he wanted to
earn to smoke, now% 9oe caught at the "dea and sa"d he woud "ke to
try, too% So 7uck made p"pes and f"ed them% These nov"ces had never
smoked anyth"ng before but c"gars made of grape'v"ne, and they Cb"tC
the tongue, and were not cons"dered many anyway%
;ow they stretched themseves out on the"r ebows and began to puff,
char"y, and w"th sender conf"dence% The smoke had an unpeasant
taste, and they gagged a "tte, but Tom sa"d)
C=hy, "tEs just as easyD 8f 8Ed a knowed th"s was a, 8Ed a earnt
ong ago%C
CSo woud 8,C sa"d 9oe% C8tEs just noth"ng%C
C=hy, many a t"me 8Eve ooked at peope smok"ng, and thought we 8
w"sh 8 coud do that@ but 8 never thought 8 coud,C sa"d Tom%
CThatEs just the way w"th me, ha"nEt "t, 7uckF &ouEve heard me tak
just that way''havenEt you, 7uckF 8E eave "t to 7uck "f 8 havenEt%C
C&es''heaps of t"mes,C sa"d 7uck%
C=e, 8 have too,C sa"d Tom@ Coh, hundreds of t"mes% 5nce down by the
saughter'house% +onEt you remember, 7uckF Bob Tanner was there, and
9ohnny !"er, and 9eff Thatcher, when 8 sa"d "t% +onEt you remember,
7uck, Ebout me say"ng thatFC
C&es, thatEs so,C sa"d 7uck% CThat was the day after 8 ost a wh"te
aey% ;o, Etwas the day before%C
CThere''8 tod you so,C sa"d Tom% C7uck recoects "t%C
C8 beeve 8 coud smoke th"s p"pe a day,C sa"d 9oe% C8 donEt fee
C;e"ther do 8,C sa"d Tom% C8 coud smoke "t a day% But 8 bet you
9eff Thatcher coudnEt%C
C9eff ThatcherD =hy, heEd kee over just w"th two draws% 9ust et h"m
try "t once% 7EE+ seeDC
C8 bet he woud% And 9ohnny !"er''8 w"sh coud see 9ohnny !"er
tacke "t once%C
C5h, donEt 8DC sa"d 9oe% C=hy, 8 bet you 9ohnny !"er coudnEt any
more do th"s than noth"ng% 9ust one "tte sn"fter woud fetch 78!%C
CE+eed "t woud, 9oe% Say''8 w"sh the boys coud see us now%C
CSo do 8%C
CSay''boys, donEt say anyth"ng about "t, and some t"me when theyEre
around, 8E come up to you and say, E9oe, got a p"peF 8 want a smoke%E
And youE say, k"nd of careess "ke, as "f "t warnEt anyth"ng, youE
say, E&es, 8 got my 5(+ p"pe, and another one, but my tobacker a"nEt
very good%E And 8E say, E5h, thatEs a r"ght, "f "tEs ST*5;G
enough%E And then youE out w"th the p"pes, and weE "ght up just as
caEm, and then just see Eem ookDC
CBy j"ngs, thatE be gay, TomD 8 w"sh "t was ;5=DC
CSo do 8D And when we te Eem we earned when we was off p"rat"ng,
wonEt they w"sh theyEd been aongFC
C5h, 8 reckon notD 8E just BET they w"DC
So the tak ran on% But presenty "t began to fag a tr"fe, and grow
d"sjo"nted% The s"ences w"dened@ the eApectorat"on marveousy
"ncreased% Every pore "ns"de the boysE cheeks became a spout"ng
founta"n@ they coud scarcey ba" out the cears under the"r tongues
fast enough to prevent an "nundat"on@ "tte overfow"ngs down the"r
throats occurred "n sp"te of a they coud do, and sudden retch"ngs
foowed every t"me% Both boys were ook"ng very pae and m"serabe,
now% 9oeEs p"pe dropped from h"s nerveess f"ngers% TomEs foowed%
Both founta"ns were go"ng fur"ousy and both pumps ba""ng w"th m"ght
and ma"n% 9oe sa"d feeby)
C8Eve ost my kn"fe% 8 reckon 8 better go and f"nd "t%C
Tom sa"d, w"th Bu"ver"ng "ps and hat"ng utterance)
C8E hep you% &ou go over that way and 8E hunt around by the
spr"ng% ;o, you neednEt come, 7uck''we can f"nd "t%C
So 7uck sat down aga"n, and wa"ted an hour% Then he found "t onesome,
and went to f"nd h"s comrades% They were w"de apart "n the woods, both
very pae, both fast aseep% But someth"ng "nformed h"m that "f they
had had any troube they had got r"d of "t%
They were not takat"ve at supper that n"ght% They had a humbe ook,
and when 7uck prepared h"s p"pe after the mea and was go"ng to prepare
the"rs, they sa"d no, they were not fee"ng very we''someth"ng they
ate at d"nner had d"sagreed w"th them%
About m"dn"ght 9oe awoke, and caed the boys% There was a brood"ng
oppress"veness "n the a"r that seemed to bode someth"ng% The boys
hudded themseves together and sought the fr"endy compan"onsh"p of
the f"re, though the du dead heat of the breathess atmosphere was
st"f"ng% They sat st", "ntent and wa"t"ng% The soemn hush
cont"nued% Beyond the "ght of the f"re everyth"ng was swaowed up "n
the backness of darkness% Presenty there came a Bu"ver"ng gow that
vaguey reveaed the fo"age for a moment and then van"shed% By and by
another came, a "tte stronger% Then another% Then a fa"nt moan came
s"gh"ng through the branches of the forest and the boys fet a feet"ng
breath upon the"r cheeks, and shuddered w"th the fancy that the Sp"r"t
of the ;"ght had gone by% There was a pause% ;ow a we"rd fash turned
n"ght "nto day and showed every "tte grass'bade, separate and
d"st"nct, that grew about the"r feet% And "t showed three wh"te,
started faces, too% A deep pea of thunder went ro"ng and tumb"ng
down the heavens and ost "tsef "n suen rumb"ngs "n the d"stance% A
sweep of ch"y a"r passed by, rust"ng a the eaves and snow"ng the
faky ashes broadcast about the f"re% Another f"erce gare "t up the
forest and an "nstant crash foowed that seemed to rend the tree'tops
r"ght over the boysE heads% They cung together "n terror, "n the th"ck
goom that foowed% A few b"g ra"n'drops fe patter"ng upon the
CHu"ckD boys, go for the tentDC eAca"med Tom%
They sprang away, stumb"ng over roots and among v"nes "n the dark, no
two pung"ng "n the same d"rect"on% A fur"ous bast roared through the
trees, mak"ng everyth"ng s"ng as "t went% 5ne b"nd"ng fash after
another came, and pea on pea of deafen"ng thunder% And now a
drench"ng ra"n poured down and the r"s"ng hurr"cane drove "t "n sheets
aong the ground% The boys cr"ed out to each other, but the roar"ng
w"nd and the boom"ng thunder'basts drowned the"r vo"ces uttery%
7owever, one by one they stragged "n at ast and took sheter under
the tent, cod, scared, and stream"ng w"th water@ but to have company
"n m"sery seemed someth"ng to be gratefu for% They coud not tak, the
od sa" fapped so fur"ousy, even "f the other no"ses woud have
aowed them% The tempest rose h"gher and h"gher, and presenty the
sa" tore oose from "ts fasten"ngs and went w"ng"ng away on the bast%
The boys se">ed each othersE hands and fed, w"th many tumb"ngs and
bru"ses, to the sheter of a great oak that stood upon the r"ver'bank%
;ow the batte was at "ts h"ghest% :nder the ceaseess confagrat"on of
"ghtn"ng that famed "n the sk"es, everyth"ng beow stood out "n
cean'cut and shadowess d"st"nctness) the bend"ng trees, the b"owy
r"ver, wh"te w"th foam, the dr"v"ng spray of spume'fakes, the d"m
out"nes of the h"gh buffs on the other s"de, g"mpsed through the
dr"ft"ng coud'rack and the sant"ng ve" of ra"n% Every "tte wh"e
some g"ant tree y"eded the f"ght and fe crash"ng through the younger
growth@ and the unfagg"ng thunder'peas came now "n ear'sp"tt"ng
eApos"ve bursts, keen and sharp, and unspeakaby appa"ng% The storm
cum"nated "n one matchess effort that seemed "key to tear the "sand
to p"eces, burn "t up, drown "t to the tree'tops, bow "t away, and
deafen every creature "n "t, a at one and the same moment% 8t was a
w"d n"ght for homeess young heads to be out "n%
But at ast the batte was done, and the forces ret"red w"th weaker
and weaker threaten"ngs and grumb"ngs, and peace resumed her sway% The
boys went back to camp, a good dea awed@ but they found there was
st" someth"ng to be thankfu for, because the great sycamore, the
sheter of the"r beds, was a ru"n, now, basted by the "ghtn"ngs, and
they were not under "t when the catastrophe happened%
Everyth"ng "n camp was drenched, the camp'f"re as we@ for they were
but heedess ads, "ke the"r generat"on, and had made no prov"s"on
aga"nst ra"n% 7ere was matter for d"smay, for they were soaked through
and ch"ed% They were eoBuent "n the"r d"stress@ but they presenty
d"scovered that the f"re had eaten so far up under the great og "t had
been bu"t aga"nst #where "t curved upward and separated "tsef from
the ground$, that a handbreadth or so of "t had escaped wett"ng@ so
they pat"enty wrought unt", w"th shreds and bark gathered from the
under s"des of shetered ogs, they coaAed the f"re to burn aga"n% Then
they p"ed on great dead boughs t" they had a roar"ng furnace, and
were gad'hearted once more% They dr"ed the"r bo"ed ham and had a
feast, and after that they sat by the f"re and eApanded and gor"f"ed
the"r m"dn"ght adventure unt" morn"ng, for there was not a dry spot to
seep on, anywhere around%
As the sun began to stea "n upon the boys, drows"ness came over them,
and they went out on the sandbar and ay down to seep% They got
scorched out by and by, and drear"y set about gett"ng breakfast% After
the mea they fet rusty, and st"ff'jo"nted, and a "tte homes"ck once
more% Tom saw the s"gns, and fe to cheer"ng up the p"rates as we as
he coud% But they cared noth"ng for marbes, or c"rcus, or sw"mm"ng,
or anyth"ng% 7e rem"nded them of the "mpos"ng secret, and ra"sed a ray
of cheer% =h"e "t asted, he got them "nterested "n a new dev"ce% Th"s
was to knock off be"ng p"rates, for a wh"e, and be 8nd"ans for a
change% They were attracted by th"s "dea@ so "t was not ong before
they were str"pped, and str"ped from head to hee w"th back mud, "ke
so many >ebras''a of them ch"efs, of course''and then they went
tear"ng through the woods to attack an Eng"sh settement%
By and by they separated "nto three host"e tr"bes, and darted upon
each other from ambush w"th dreadfu war'whoops, and k"ed and scaped
each other by thousands% 8t was a gory day% ConseBuenty "t was an
eAtremey sat"sfactory one%
They assembed "n camp toward supper't"me, hungry and happy@ but now a
d"ff"cuty arose''host"e 8nd"ans coud not break the bread of
hosp"ta"ty together w"thout f"rst mak"ng peace, and th"s was a s"mpe
"mposs"b""ty w"thout smok"ng a p"pe of peace% There was no other
process that ever they had heard of% Two of the savages amost w"shed
they had rema"ned p"rates% 7owever, there was no other way@ so w"th
such show of cheerfuness as they coud muster they caed for the p"pe
and took the"r wh"ff as "t passed, "n due form%
And behod, they were gad they had gone "nto savagery, for they had
ga"ned someth"ng@ they found that they coud now smoke a "tte w"thout
hav"ng to go and hunt for a ost kn"fe@ they d"d not get s"ck enough to
be ser"ousy uncomfortabe% They were not "key to foo away th"s h"gh
prom"se for ack of effort% ;o, they pract"sed caut"ousy, after
supper, w"th r"ght fa"r success, and so they spent a jub"ant even"ng%
They were prouder and happ"er "n the"r new acBu"rement than they woud
have been "n the scap"ng and sk"nn"ng of the S"A ;at"ons% =e w"
eave them to smoke and chatter and brag, s"nce we have no further use
for them at present%
C7APTE* G?88
B:T there was no h"ar"ty "n the "tte town that same tranBu"
Saturday afternoon% The 7arpers, and Aunt PoyEs fam"y, were be"ng
put "nto mourn"ng, w"th great gr"ef and many tears% An unusua Bu"et
possessed the v"age, athough "t was ord"nar"y Bu"et enough, "n a
consc"ence% The v"agers conducted the"r concerns w"th an absent a"r,
and taked "tte@ but they s"ghed often% The Saturday ho"day seemed a
burden to the ch"dren% They had no heart "n the"r sports, and
graduay gave them up%
8n the afternoon Becky Thatcher found hersef mop"ng about the
deserted schoohouse yard, and fee"ng very meanchoy% But she found
noth"ng there to comfort her% She so"oBu">ed)
C5h, "f 8 ony had a brass and"ron'knob aga"nD But 8 havenEt got
anyth"ng now to remember h"m by%C And she choked back a "tte sob%
Presenty she stopped, and sa"d to hersef)
C8t was r"ght here% 5h, "f "t was to do over aga"n, 8 woudnEt say
that''8 woudnEt say "t for the whoe word% But heEs gone now@ 8E
never, never, never see h"m any more%C
Th"s thought broke her down, and she wandered away, w"th tears ro"ng
down her cheeks% Then Bu"te a group of boys and g"rs''paymates of
TomEs and 9oeEs''came by, and stood ook"ng over the pa"ng fence and
tak"ng "n reverent tones of how Tom d"d so'and'so the ast t"me they
saw h"m, and how 9oe sa"d th"s and that sma tr"fe #pregnant w"th
awfu prophecy, as they coud eas"y see nowD$''and each speaker
po"nted out the eAact spot where the ost ads stood at the t"me, and
then added someth"ng "ke Cand 8 was a'stand"ng just so''just as 8 am
now, and as "f you was h"m''8 was as cose as that''and he sm"ed, just
th"s way''and then someth"ng seemed to go a over me, "ke''awfu, you
know''and 8 never thought what "t meant, of course, but 8 can see nowDC
Then there was a d"spute about who saw the dead boys ast "n "fe, and
many ca"med that d"sma d"st"nct"on, and offered ev"dences, more or
ess tampered w"th by the w"tness@ and when "t was ut"matey dec"ded
who +8+ see the departed ast, and eAchanged the ast words w"th them,
the ucky part"es took upon themseves a sort of sacred "mportance, and
were gaped at and env"ed by a the rest% 5ne poor chap, who had no
other grandeur to offer, sa"d w"th toeraby man"fest pr"de "n the
C=e, Tom Sawyer he "cked me once%C
But that b"d for gory was a fa"ure% !ost of the boys coud say that,
and so that cheapened the d"st"nct"on too much% The group o"tered
away, st" reca"ng memor"es of the ost heroes, "n awed vo"ces%
=hen the Sunday'schoo hour was f"n"shed, the neAt morn"ng, the be
began to to, "nstead of r"ng"ng "n the usua way% 8t was a very st"
Sabbath, and the mournfu sound seemed "n keep"ng w"th the mus"ng hush
that ay upon nature% The v"agers began to gather, o"ter"ng a moment
"n the vest"bue to converse "n wh"spers about the sad event% But there
was no wh"sper"ng "n the house@ ony the funerea rust"ng of dresses
as the women gathered to the"r seats d"sturbed the s"ence there% ;one
coud remember when the "tte church had been so fu before% There
was f"nay a wa"t"ng pause, an eApectant dumbness, and then Aunt Poy
entered, foowed by S"d and !ary, and they by the 7arper fam"y, a
"n deep back, and the whoe congregat"on, the od m"n"ster as we,
rose reverenty and stood unt" the mourners were seated "n the front
pew% There was another commun"ng s"ence, broken at "ntervas by
muffed sobs, and then the m"n"ster spread h"s hands abroad and prayed%
A mov"ng hymn was sung, and the teAt foowed) C8 am the *esurrect"on
and the ("fe%C
As the serv"ce proceeded, the cergyman drew such p"ctures of the
graces, the w"nn"ng ways, and the rare prom"se of the ost ads that
every sou there, th"nk"ng he recogn">ed these p"ctures, fet a pang "n
remember"ng that he had pers"stenty b"nded h"msef to them aways
before, and had as pers"stenty seen ony fauts and faws "n the poor
boys% The m"n"ster reated many a touch"ng "nc"dent "n the "ves of the
departed, too, wh"ch "ustrated the"r sweet, generous natures, and the
peope coud eas"y see, now, how nobe and beaut"fu those ep"sodes
were, and remembered w"th gr"ef that at the t"me they occurred they had
seemed rank rasca"t"es, we deserv"ng of the cowh"de% The
congregat"on became more and more moved, as the pathet"c tae went on,
t" at ast the whoe company broke down and jo"ned the weep"ng
mourners "n a chorus of angu"shed sobs, the preacher h"msef g"v"ng way
to h"s fee"ngs, and cry"ng "n the pup"t%
There was a ruste "n the gaery, wh"ch nobody not"ced@ a moment
ater the church door creaked@ the m"n"ster ra"sed h"s stream"ng eyes
above h"s handkerch"ef, and stood transf"AedD 6"rst one and then
another pa"r of eyes foowed the m"n"sterEs, and then amost w"th one
"mpuse the congregat"on rose and stared wh"e the three dead boys came
march"ng up the a"se, Tom "n the ead, 9oe neAt, and 7uck, a ru"n of
droop"ng rags, sneak"ng sheep"shy "n the rearD They had been h"d "n
the unused gaery "sten"ng to the"r own funera sermonD
Aunt Poy, !ary, and the 7arpers threw themseves upon the"r restored
ones, smothered them w"th k"sses and poured out thanksg"v"ngs, wh"e
poor 7uck stood abashed and uncomfortabe, not know"ng eAacty what to
do or where to h"de from so many unwecom"ng eyes% 7e wavered, and
started to s"nk away, but Tom se">ed h"m and sa"d)
CAunt Poy, "t a"nEt fa"r% SomebodyEs got to be gad to see 7uck%C
CAnd so they sha% 8Em gad to see h"m, poor motheress th"ngDC And
the ov"ng attent"ons Aunt Poy av"shed upon h"m were the one th"ng
capabe of mak"ng h"m more uncomfortabe than he was before%
Suddeny the m"n"ster shouted at the top of h"s vo"ce) CPra"se God
from whom a bess"ngs fow''S8;GD''and put your hearts "n "tDC
And they d"d% 5d 7undred sweed up w"th a tr"umphant burst, and
wh"e "t shook the rafters Tom Sawyer the P"rate ooked around upon the
envy"ng juven"es about h"m and confessed "n h"s heart that th"s was
the proudest moment of h"s "fe%
As the CsodC congregat"on trooped out they sa"d they woud amost be
w""ng to be made r"d"cuous aga"n to hear 5d 7undred sung "ke that
once more%
Tom got more cuffs and k"sses that day''accord"ng to Aunt PoyEs
vary"ng moods''than he had earned before "n a year@ and he hardy knew
wh"ch eApressed the most gratefuness to God and affect"on for h"msef%
C7APTE* G?888
T7AT was TomEs great secret''the scheme to return home w"th h"s
brother p"rates and attend the"r own funeras% They had padded over to
the !"ssour" shore on a og, at dusk on Saturday, and"ng f"ve or s"A
m"es beow the v"age@ they had sept "n the woods at the edge of the
town t" neary day"ght, and had then crept through back anes and
aeys and f"n"shed the"r seep "n the gaery of the church among a
chaos of "nva"ded benches%
At breakfast, !onday morn"ng, Aunt Poy and !ary were very ov"ng to
Tom, and very attent"ve to h"s wants% There was an unusua amount of
tak% 8n the course of "t Aunt Poy sa"d)
C=e, 8 donEt say "t wasnEt a f"ne joke, Tom, to keep everybody
suffer"ng Emost a week so you boys had a good t"me, but "t "s a p"ty
you coud be so hard'hearted as to et me suffer so% 8f you coud come
over on a og to go to your funera, you coud have come over and g"ve
me a h"nt some way that you warnEt dead, but ony run off%C
C&es, you coud have done that, Tom,C sa"d !ary@ Cand 8 be"eve you
woud "f you had thought of "t%C
C=oud you, TomFC sa"d Aunt Poy, her face "ght"ng w"stfuy% CSay,
now, woud you, "f youEd thought of "tFC
C8''we, 8 donEt know% ETwoud EaE spo"ed everyth"ng%C
CTom, 8 hoped you oved me that much,C sa"d Aunt Poy, w"th a gr"eved
tone that d"scomforted the boy% C8t woud have been someth"ng "f youEd
cared enough to T78;< of "t, even "f you d"dnEt +5 "t%C
C;ow, aunt"e, that a"nEt any harm,C peaded !ary@ C"tEs ony TomEs
g"ddy way''he "s aways "n such a rush that he never th"nks of
C!oreEs the p"ty% S"d woud have thought% And S"d woud have come and
+5;E "t, too% Tom, youE ook back, some day, when "tEs too ate, and
w"sh youEd cared a "tte more for me when "t woud have cost you so
C;ow, aunt"e, you know 8 do care for you,C sa"d Tom%
C8Ed know "t better "f you acted more "ke "t%C
C8 w"sh now 8Ed thought,C sa"d Tom, w"th a repentant tone@ Cbut 8
dreamt about you, anyway% ThatEs someth"ng, a"nEt "tFC
C8t a"nEt much''a cat does that much''but "tEs better than noth"ng%
=hat d"d you dreamFC
C=hy, =ednesday n"ght 8 dreamt that you was s"tt"ng over there by the
bed, and S"d was s"tt"ng by the woodboA, and !ary neAt to h"m%C
C=e, so we d"d% So we aways do% 8Em gad your dreams coud take
even that much troube about us%C
CAnd 8 dreamt that 9oe 7arperEs mother was here%C
C=hy, she was hereD +"d you dream any moreFC
C5h, ots% But "tEs so d"m, now%C
C=e, try to recoect''canEt youFC
CSomehow "t seems to me that the w"nd''the w"nd bowed the''the''C
CTry harder, TomD The w"nd d"d bow someth"ng% ComeDC
Tom pressed h"s f"ngers on h"s forehead an anA"ous m"nute, and then
C8Eve got "t nowD 8Eve got "t nowD 8t bowed the candeDC
C!ercy on usD Go on, Tom''go onDC
CAnd "t seems to me that you sa"d, E=hy, 8 be"eve that that door''EC
CGo 5;, TomDC
C9ust et me study a moment''just a moment% 5h, yes''you sa"d you
be"eved the door was open%C
CAs 8Em s"tt"ng here, 8 d"dD +"dnEt 8, !aryD Go onDC
CAnd then''and then''we 8 wonEt be certa"n, but "t seems "ke as "f
you made S"d go and''and''C
C=eF =eF =hat d"d 8 make h"m do, TomF =hat d"d 8 make h"m doFC
C&ou made h"m''you''5h, you made h"m shut "t%C
C=e, for the andEs sakeD 8 never heard the beat of that "n a my
daysD +onEt te !E there a"nEt anyth"ng "n dreams, any more% Sereny
7arper sha know of th"s before 8Em an hour oder% 8Ed "ke to see her
get around T78S w"th her rubbage Ebout superst"t"on% Go on, TomDC
C5h, "tEs a gett"ng just as br"ght as day, now% ;eAt you sa"d 8
warnEt BA+, ony m"scheevous and harum'scarum, and not any more
respons"be than''than''8 th"nk "t was a cot, or someth"ng%C
CAnd so "t wasD =e, goodness grac"ousD Go on, TomDC
CAnd then you began to cry%C
CSo 8 d"d% So 8 d"d% ;ot the f"rst t"me, ne"ther% And then''C
CThen !rs% 7arper she began to cry, and sa"d 9oe was just the same,
and she w"shed she hadnEt wh"pped h"m for tak"ng cream when sheEd
throwed "t out her own sef''C
CTomD The sperr"t was upon youD &ou was a prophesy"ng''thatEs what you
was do"ngD (and a"ve, go on, TomDC
CThen S"d he sa"d''he sa"d''C
C8 donEt th"nk 8 sa"d anyth"ng,C sa"d S"d%
C&es you d"d, S"d,C sa"d !ary%
CShut your heads and et Tom go onD =hat d"d he say, TomFC
C7e sa"d''8 T78;< he sa"d he hoped 8 was better off where 8 was gone
to, but "f 8Ed been better somet"mes''C
CT7E*E, dEyou hear thatD 8t was h"s very wordsDC
CAnd you shut h"m up sharp%C
C8 ay 8 d"dD There must EaE been an ange there% There =AS an ange
there, somewheresDC
CAnd !rs% 7arper tod about 9oe scar"ng her w"th a f"recracker, and
you tod about Peter and the Pa"nk"er''C
C9ust as true as 8 "veDC
CAnd then there was a whoe ot of tak Ebout dragg"ng the r"ver for
us, and Ebout hav"ng the funera Sunday, and then you and od !"ss
7arper hugged and cr"ed, and she went%C
C8t happened just soD 8t happened just so, as sure as 8Em a's"tt"ng "n
these very tracks% Tom, you coudnEt tod "t more "ke "f youEd EaE
seen "tD And then whatF Go on, TomDC
CThen 8 thought you prayed for me''and 8 coud see you and hear every
word you sa"d% And you went to bed, and 8 was so sorry that 8 took and
wrote on a p"ece of sycamore bark, E=e a"nEt dead''we are ony off
be"ng p"rates,E and put "t on the tabe by the cande@ and then you
ooked so good, ay"ng there aseep, that 8 thought 8 went and eaned
over and k"ssed you on the "ps%C
C+"d you, Tom, +8+ youD 8 just forg"ve you everyth"ng for thatDC And
she se">ed the boy "n a crush"ng embrace that made h"m fee "ke the
gu"t"est of v"a"ns%
C8t was very k"nd, even though "t was ony a''dream,C S"d so"oBu">ed
just aud"by%
CShut up, S"dD A body does just the same "n a dream as heEd do "f he
was awake% 7ereEs a b"g !"um appe 8Eve been sav"ng for you, Tom, "f
you was ever found aga"n''now go Eong to schoo% 8Em thankfu to the
good God and 6ather of us a 8Eve got you back, thatEs ong'suffer"ng
and merc"fu to them that be"eve on 7"m and keep 7"s word, though
goodness knows 8Em unworthy of "t, but "f ony the worthy ones got 7"s
bess"ngs and had 7"s hand to hep them over the rough paces, thereEs
few enough woud sm"e here or ever enter "nto 7"s rest when the ong
n"ght comes% Go Eong S"d, !ary, Tom''take yourseves off''youEve
hendered me ong enough%C
The ch"dren eft for schoo, and the od ady to ca on !rs% 7arper
and vanBu"sh her rea"sm w"th TomEs marveous dream% S"d had better
judgment than to utter the thought that was "n h"s m"nd as he eft the
house% 8t was th"s) CPretty th"n''as ong a dream as that, w"thout any
m"stakes "n "tDC
=hat a hero Tom was become, nowD 7e d"d not go sk"pp"ng and pranc"ng,
but moved w"th a d"gn"f"ed swagger as became a p"rate who fet that the
pub"c eye was on h"m% And "ndeed "t was@ he tr"ed not to seem to see
the ooks or hear the remarks as he passed aong, but they were food
and dr"nk to h"m% Smaer boys than h"msef focked at h"s hees, as
proud to be seen w"th h"m, and toerated by h"m, as "f he had been the
drummer at the head of a process"on or the eephant ead"ng a menager"e
"nto town% Boys of h"s own s">e pretended not to know he had been away
at a@ but they were consum"ng w"th envy, nevertheess% They woud
have g"ven anyth"ng to have that swarthy suntanned sk"n of h"s, and h"s
g"tter"ng notor"ety@ and Tom woud not have parted w"th e"ther for a
At schoo the ch"dren made so much of h"m and of 9oe, and de"vered
such eoBuent adm"rat"on from the"r eyes, that the two heroes were not
ong "n becom"ng "nsufferaby Cstuck'up%C They began to te the"r
adventures to hungry "steners''but they ony began@ "t was not a th"ng
"key to have an end, w"th "mag"nat"ons "ke the"rs to furn"sh
mater"a% And f"nay, when they got out the"r p"pes and went sereney
puff"ng around, the very summ"t of gory was reached%
Tom dec"ded that he coud be "ndependent of Becky Thatcher now% Gory
was suff"c"ent% 7e woud "ve for gory% ;ow that he was d"st"ngu"shed,
maybe she woud be want"ng to Cmake up%C =e, et her''she shoud see
that he coud be as "nd"fferent as some other peope% Presenty she
arr"ved% Tom pretended not to see her% 7e moved away and jo"ned a group
of boys and g"rs and began to tak% Soon he observed that she was
tr"pp"ng gayy back and forth w"th fushed face and danc"ng eyes,
pretend"ng to be busy chas"ng schoomates, and scream"ng w"th aughter
when she made a capture@ but he not"ced that she aways made her
captures "n h"s v"c"n"ty, and that she seemed to cast a consc"ous eye
"n h"s d"rect"on at such t"mes, too% 8t grat"f"ed a the v"c"ous
van"ty that was "n h"m@ and so, "nstead of w"nn"ng h"m, "t ony Cset
h"m upC the more and made h"m the more d""gent to avo"d betray"ng that
he knew she was about% Presenty she gave over skyark"ng, and moved
"rresoutey about, s"gh"ng once or tw"ce and ganc"ng furt"vey and
w"stfuy toward Tom% Then she observed that now Tom was tak"ng more
part"cuary to Amy (awrence than to any one ese% She fet a sharp
pang and grew d"sturbed and uneasy at once% She tr"ed to go away, but
her feet were treacherous, and carr"ed her to the group "nstead% She
sa"d to a g"r amost at TomEs ebow''w"th sham v"vac"ty)
C=hy, !ary Aust"nD you bad g"r, why d"dnEt you come to Sunday'schooFC
C8 d"d come''d"dnEt you see meFC
C=hy, noD +"d youF =here d"d you s"tFC
C8 was "n !"ss PetersE cass, where 8 aways go% 8 saw &5:%C
C+"d youF =hy, "tEs funny 8 d"dnEt see you% 8 wanted to te you about
the p"cn"c%C
C5h, thatEs joy% =hoEs go"ng to g"ve "tFC
C!y maEs go"ng to et me have one%C
C5h, goody@ 8 hope sheE et !E come%C
C=e, she w"% The p"cn"cEs for me% SheE et anybody come that 8
want, and 8 want you%C
CThatEs ever so n"ce% =hen "s "t go"ng to beFC
CBy and by% !aybe about vacat"on%C
C5h, wonEt "t be funD &ou go"ng to have a the g"rs and boysFC
C&es, every one thatEs fr"ends to me''or wants to beC@ and she ganced
ever so furt"vey at Tom, but he taked r"ght aong to Amy (awrence
about the terr"be storm on the "sand, and how the "ghtn"ng tore the
great sycamore tree Ca to f"ndersC wh"e he was Cstand"ng w"th"n
three feet of "t%C
C5h, may 8 comeFC sa"d Grace !"er%
CAnd meFC sa"d Say *ogers%
CAnd me, tooFC sa"d Susy 7arper% CAnd 9oeFC
And so on, w"th capp"ng of joyfu hands t" a the group had begged
for "nv"tat"ons but Tom and Amy% Then Tom turned cooy away, st"
tak"ng, and took Amy w"th h"m% BeckyEs "ps trembed and the tears
came to her eyes@ she h"d these s"gns w"th a forced gayety and went on
chatter"ng, but the "fe had gone out of the p"cn"c, now, and out of
everyth"ng ese@ she got away as soon as she coud and h"d hersef and
had what her seA ca Ca good cry%C Then she sat moody, w"th wounded
pr"de, t" the be rang% She roused up, now, w"th a v"nd"ct"ve cast
"n her eye, and gave her pa"ted ta"s a shake and sa"d she knew what
S7EE+ do%
At recess Tom cont"nued h"s f"rtat"on w"th Amy w"th jub"ant
sef'sat"sfact"on% And he kept dr"ft"ng about to f"nd Becky and acerate
her w"th the performance% At ast he sp"ed her, but there was a sudden
fa"ng of h"s mercury% She was s"tt"ng cos"y on a "tte bench beh"nd
the schoohouse ook"ng at a p"cture'book w"th Afred Tempe''and so
absorbed were they, and the"r heads so cose together over the book,
that they d"d not seem to be consc"ous of anyth"ng "n the word bes"des%
9eaousy ran red'hot through TomEs ve"ns% 7e began to hate h"msef for
throw"ng away the chance Becky had offered for a reconc""at"on% 7e
caed h"msef a foo, and a the hard names he coud th"nk of% 7e
wanted to cry w"th veAat"on% Amy chatted happ"y aong, as they waked,
for her heart was s"ng"ng, but TomEs tongue had ost "ts funct"on% 7e
d"d not hear what Amy was say"ng, and whenever she paused eApectanty he
coud ony stammer an awkward assent, wh"ch was as often m"spaced as
otherw"se% 7e kept dr"ft"ng to the rear of the schoohouse, aga"n and
aga"n, to sear h"s eyebas w"th the hatefu spectace there% 7e coud
not hep "t% And "t maddened h"m to see, as he thought he saw, that
Becky Thatcher never once suspected that he was even "n the and of the
"v"ng% But she d"d see, nevertheess@ and she knew she was w"nn"ng her
f"ght, too, and was gad to see h"m suffer as she had suffered%
AmyEs happy pratte became "ntoerabe% Tom h"nted at th"ngs he had to
attend to@ th"ngs that must be done@ and t"me was feet"ng% But "n
va"n''the g"r ch"rped on% Tom thought, C5h, hang her, a"nEt 8 ever
go"ng to get r"d of herFC At ast he must be attend"ng to those
th"ngs''and she sa"d artessy that she woud be CaroundC when schoo
et out% And he hastened away, hat"ng her for "t%
CAny other boyDC Tom thought, grat"ng h"s teeth% CAny boy "n the whoe
town but that Sa"nt (ou"s smarty that th"nks he dresses so f"ne and "s
ar"stocracyD 5h, a r"ght, 8 "cked you the f"rst day you ever saw
th"s town, m"ster, and 8E "ck you aga"nD &ou just wa"t t" 8 catch
you outD 8E just take and''C
And he went through the mot"ons of thrash"ng an "mag"nary boy
''pumme"ng the a"r, and k"ck"ng and goug"ng% C5h, you do, do youF &ou
hoer Enough, do youF ;ow, then, et that earn youDC And so the
"mag"nary fogg"ng was f"n"shed to h"s sat"sfact"on%
Tom fed home at noon% 7"s consc"ence coud not endure any more of
AmyEs gratefu happ"ness, and h"s jeaousy coud bear no more of the
other d"stress% Becky resumed her p"cture "nspect"ons w"th Afred, but
as the m"nutes dragged aong and no Tom came to suffer, her tr"umph
began to coud and she ost "nterest@ grav"ty and absent'm"ndedness
foowed, and then meanchoy@ two or three t"mes she pr"cked up her
ear at a footstep, but "t was a fase hope@ no Tom came% At ast she
grew ent"rey m"serabe and w"shed she hadnEt carr"ed "t so far% =hen
poor Afred, see"ng that he was os"ng her, he d"d not know how, kept
eAca"m"ng) C5h, hereEs a joy oneD ook at th"sDC she ost pat"ence
at ast, and sa"d, C5h, donEt bother meD 8 donEt care for themDC and
burst "nto tears, and got up and waked away%
Afred dropped aongs"de and was go"ng to try to comfort her, but she
CGo away and eave me aone, canEt youD 8 hate youDC
So the boy hated, wonder"ng what he coud have done''for she had sa"d
she woud ook at p"ctures a through the noon"ng''and she waked on,
cry"ng% Then Afred went mus"ng "nto the deserted schoohouse% 7e was
hum""ated and angry% 7e eas"y guessed h"s way to the truth''the g"r
had s"mpy made a conven"ence of h"m to vent her sp"te upon Tom Sawyer%
7e was far from hat"ng Tom the ess when th"s thought occurred to h"m%
7e w"shed there was some way to get that boy "nto troube w"thout much
r"sk to h"msef% TomEs spe"ng'book fe under h"s eye% 7ere was h"s
opportun"ty% 7e gratefuy opened to the esson for the afternoon and
poured "nk upon the page%
Becky, ganc"ng "n at a w"ndow beh"nd h"m at the moment, saw the act,
and moved on, w"thout d"scover"ng hersef% She started homeward, now,
"ntend"ng to f"nd Tom and te h"m@ Tom woud be thankfu and the"r
troubes woud be heaed% Before she was haf way home, however, she
had changed her m"nd% The thought of TomEs treatment of her when she
was tak"ng about her p"cn"c came scorch"ng back and f"ed her w"th
shame% She resoved to et h"m get wh"pped on the damaged
spe"ng'bookEs account, and to hate h"m forever, "nto the barga"n%
T5! arr"ved at home "n a dreary mood, and the f"rst th"ng h"s aunt
sa"d to h"m showed h"m that he had brought h"s sorrows to an
unprom"s"ng market)
CTom, 8Eve a not"on to sk"n you a"veDC
CAunt"e, what have 8 doneFC
C=e, youEve done enough% 7ere 8 go over to Sereny 7arper, "ke an
od softy, eApect"ng 8Em go"ng to make her be"eve a that rubbage
about that dream, when o and behod you sheEd found out from 9oe that
you was over here and heard a the tak we had that n"ght% Tom, 8
donEt know what "s to become of a boy that w" act "ke that% 8t makes
me fee so bad to th"nk you coud et me go to Sereny 7arper and make
such a foo of mysef and never say a word%C
Th"s was a new aspect of the th"ng% 7"s smartness of the morn"ng had
seemed to Tom a good joke before, and very "ngen"ous% 8t merey ooked
mean and shabby now% 7e hung h"s head and coud not th"nk of anyth"ng
to say for a moment% Then he sa"d)
CAunt"e, 8 w"sh 8 hadnEt done "t''but 8 d"dnEt th"nk%C
C5h, ch"d, you never th"nk% &ou never th"nk of anyth"ng but your own
sef"shness% &ou coud th"nk to come a the way over here from
9acksonEs 8sand "n the n"ght to augh at our troubes, and you coud
th"nk to foo me w"th a "e about a dream@ but you coudnEt ever th"nk
to p"ty us and save us from sorrow%C
CAunt"e, 8 know now "t was mean, but 8 d"dnEt mean to be mean% 8
d"dnEt, honest% And bes"des, 8 d"dnEt come over here to augh at you
that n"ght%C
C=hat d"d you come for, thenFC
C8t was to te you not to be uneasy about us, because we hadnEt got
CTom, Tom, 8 woud be the thankfuest sou "n th"s word "f 8 coud
be"eve you ever had as good a thought as that, but you know you never
d"d''and 8 know "t, Tom%C
C8ndeed and Edeed 8 d"d, aunt"e''8 w"sh 8 may never st"r "f 8 d"dnEt%C
C5h, Tom, donEt "e''donEt do "t% 8t ony makes th"ngs a hundred t"mes
C8t a"nEt a "e, aunt"e@ "tEs the truth% 8 wanted to keep you from
gr"ev"ng''that was a that made me come%C
C8Ed g"ve the whoe word to be"eve that''"t woud cover up a power
of s"ns, Tom% 8Ed Emost be gad youEd run off and acted so bad% But "t
a"nEt reasonabe@ because, why d"dnEt you te me, ch"dFC
C=hy, you see, when you got to tak"ng about the funera, 8 just got
a fu of the "dea of our com"ng and h"d"ng "n the church, and 8
coudnEt somehow bear to spo" "t% So 8 just put the bark back "n my
pocket and kept mum%C
C=hat barkFC
CThe bark 8 had wrote on to te you weEd gone p"rat"ng% 8 w"sh, now,
youEd waked up when 8 k"ssed you''8 do, honest%C
The hard "nes "n h"s auntEs face reaAed and a sudden tenderness
dawned "n her eyes%
C+8+ you k"ss me, TomFC
C=hy, yes, 8 d"d%C
CAre you sure you d"d, TomFC
C=hy, yes, 8 d"d, aunt"e''certa"n sure%C
C=hat d"d you k"ss me for, TomFC
CBecause 8 oved you so, and you a"d there moan"ng and 8 was so sorry%C
The words sounded "ke truth% The od ady coud not h"de a tremor "n
her vo"ce when she sa"d)
C<"ss me aga"n, TomD''and be off w"th you to schoo, now, and donEt
bother me any more%C
The moment he was gone, she ran to a coset and got out the ru"n of a
jacket wh"ch Tom had gone p"rat"ng "n% Then she stopped, w"th "t "n her
hand, and sa"d to hersef)
C;o, 8 donEt dare% Poor boy, 8 reckon heEs "ed about "t''but "tEs a
bessed, bessed "e, thereEs such a comfort come from "t% 8 hope the
(ord''8 <;5= the (ord w" forg"ve h"m, because "t was such
goodheartedness "n h"m to te "t% But 8 donEt want to f"nd out "tEs a
"e% 8 wonEt ook%C
She put the jacket away, and stood by mus"ng a m"nute% Tw"ce she put
out her hand to take the garment aga"n, and tw"ce she refra"ned% 5nce
more she ventured, and th"s t"me she fort"f"ed hersef w"th the
thought) C8tEs a good "e''"tEs a good "e''8 wonEt et "t gr"eve me%C
So she sought the jacket pocket% A moment ater she was read"ng TomEs
p"ece of bark through fow"ng tears and say"ng) C8 coud forg"ve the
boy, now, "f heEd comm"tted a m""on s"nsDC
T7E*E was someth"ng about Aunt PoyEs manner, when she k"ssed Tom,
that swept away h"s ow sp"r"ts and made h"m "ghthearted and happy
aga"n% 7e started to schoo and had the uck of com"ng upon Becky
Thatcher at the head of !eadow (ane% 7"s mood aways determ"ned h"s
manner% ="thout a momentEs hes"tat"on he ran to her and sa"d)
C8 acted m"ghty mean to'day, Becky, and 8Em so sorry% 8 wonEt ever,
ever do that way aga"n, as ong as ever 8 "ve''pease make up, wonEt
The g"r stopped and ooked h"m scornfuy "n the face)
C8E thank you to keep yoursef T5 yoursef, !r% Thomas Sawyer% 8E
never speak to you aga"n%C
She tossed her head and passed on% Tom was so stunned that he had not
even presence of m"nd enough to say C=ho cares, !"ss SmartyFC unt" the
r"ght t"me to say "t had gone by% So he sa"d noth"ng% But he was "n a
f"ne rage, nevertheess% 7e moped "nto the schooyard w"sh"ng she were
a boy, and "mag"n"ng how he woud trounce her "f she were% 7e presenty
encountered her and de"vered a st"ng"ng remark as he passed% She
hured one "n return, and the angry breach was compete% 8t seemed to
Becky, "n her hot resentment, that she coud hardy wa"t for schoo to
Ctake "n,C she was so "mpat"ent to see Tom fogged for the "njured
spe"ng'book% 8f she had had any "nger"ng not"on of eApos"ng Afred
Tempe, TomEs offens"ve f"ng had dr"ven "t ent"rey away%
Poor g"r, she d"d not know how fast she was near"ng troube hersef%
The master, !r% +obb"ns, had reached m"dde age w"th an unsat"sf"ed
amb"t"on% The dar"ng of h"s des"res was, to be a doctor, but poverty
had decreed that he shoud be noth"ng h"gher than a v"age
schoomaster% Every day he took a myster"ous book out of h"s desk and
absorbed h"msef "n "t at t"mes when no casses were rec"t"ng% 7e kept
that book under ock and key% There was not an urch"n "n schoo but was
per"sh"ng to have a g"mpse of "t, but the chance never came% Every boy
and g"r had a theory about the nature of that book@ but no two
theor"es were a"ke, and there was no way of gett"ng at the facts "n
the case% ;ow, as Becky was pass"ng by the desk, wh"ch stood near the
door, she not"ced that the key was "n the ockD 8t was a prec"ous
moment% She ganced around@ found hersef aone, and the neAt "nstant
she had the book "n her hands% The t"te'page''Professor SomebodyEs
A;AT5!&''carr"ed no "nformat"on to her m"nd@ so she began to turn the
eaves% She came at once upon a handsomey engraved and coored
front"sp"ece''a human f"gure, stark naked% At that moment a shadow fe
on the page and Tom Sawyer stepped "n at the door and caught a g"mpse
of the p"cture% Becky snatched at the book to cose "t, and had the
hard uck to tear the p"ctured page haf down the m"dde% She thrust
the voume "nto the desk, turned the key, and burst out cry"ng w"th
shame and veAat"on%
CTom Sawyer, you are just as mean as you can be, to sneak up on a
person and ook at what theyEre ook"ng at%C
C7ow coud 8 know you was ook"ng at anyth"ngFC
C&ou ought to be ashamed of yoursef, Tom Sawyer@ you know youEre
go"ng to te on me, and oh, what sha 8 do, what sha 8 doD 8E be
wh"pped, and 8 never was wh"pped "n schoo%C
Then she stamped her "tte foot and sa"d)
CBE so mean "f you want toD 8 know someth"ng thatEs go"ng to happen%
&ou just wa"t and youE seeD 7atefu, hatefu, hatefuDC''and she
fung out of the house w"th a new eApos"on of cry"ng%
Tom stood st", rather fustered by th"s onsaught% Presenty he sa"d
to h"msef)
C=hat a cur"ous k"nd of a foo a g"r "sD ;ever been "cked "n schooD
ShucksD =hatEs a "ck"ngD ThatEs just "ke a g"r''theyEre so
th"n'sk"nned and ch"cken'hearted% =e, of course 8 a"nEt go"ng to te
od +obb"ns on th"s "tte foo, because thereEs other ways of gett"ng
even on her, that a"nEt so mean@ but what of "tF 5d +obb"ns w" ask
who "t was tore h"s book% ;obodyE answer% Then heE do just the way
he aways does''ask f"rst one and then tEother, and when he comes to the
r"ght g"r heE know "t, w"thout any te"ng% G"rsE faces aways te
on them% They a"nEt got any backbone% SheE get "cked% =e, "tEs a
k"nd of a t"ght pace for Becky Thatcher, because there a"nEt any way
out of "t%C Tom conned the th"ng a moment onger, and then added) CA
r"ght, though@ sheEd "ke to see me "n just such a f"A''et her sweat "t
Tom jo"ned the mob of skyark"ng schoars outs"de% 8n a few moments
the master arr"ved and schoo Ctook "n%C Tom d"d not fee a strong
"nterest "n h"s stud"es% Every t"me he stoe a gance at the g"rsE
s"de of the room BeckyEs face troubed h"m% Cons"der"ng a th"ngs, he
d"d not want to p"ty her, and yet "t was a he coud do to hep "t% 7e
coud get up no eAutat"on that was reay worthy the name% Presenty
the spe"ng'book d"scovery was made, and TomEs m"nd was ent"rey fu
of h"s own matters for a wh"e after that% Becky roused up from her
ethargy of d"stress and showed good "nterest "n the proceed"ngs% She
d"d not eApect that Tom coud get out of h"s troube by deny"ng that he
sp"t the "nk on the book h"msef@ and she was r"ght% The den"a ony
seemed to make the th"ng worse for Tom% Becky supposed she woud be
gad of that, and she tr"ed to be"eve she was gad of "t, but she
found she was not certa"n% =hen the worst came to the worst, she had an
"mpuse to get up and te on Afred Tempe, but she made an effort and
forced hersef to keep st"''because, sa"d she to hersef, CheE te
about me tear"ng the p"cture sure% 8 woudnEt say a word, not to save
h"s "feDC
Tom took h"s wh"pp"ng and went back to h"s seat not at a
broken'hearted, for he thought "t was poss"be that he had unknow"ngy
upset the "nk on the spe"ng'book h"msef, "n some skyark"ng bout''he
had den"ed "t for formEs sake and because "t was custom, and had stuck
to the den"a from pr"nc"pe%
A whoe hour dr"fted by, the master sat nodd"ng "n h"s throne, the a"r
was drowsy w"th the hum of study% By and by, !r% +obb"ns stra"ghtened
h"msef up, yawned, then unocked h"s desk, and reached for h"s book,
but seemed undec"ded whether to take "t out or eave "t% !ost of the
pup"s ganced up angu"dy, but there were two among them that watched
h"s movements w"th "ntent eyes% !r% +obb"ns f"ngered h"s book absenty
for a wh"e, then took "t out and setted h"msef "n h"s cha"r to readD
Tom shot a gance at Becky% 7e had seen a hunted and hepess rabb"t
ook as she d"d, w"th a gun eveed at "ts head% 8nstanty he forgot
h"s Buarre w"th her% Hu"ck''someth"ng must be doneD done "n a fash,
tooD But the very "mm"nence of the emergency paray>ed h"s "nvent"on%
GoodD''he had an "nsp"rat"onD 7e woud run and snatch the book, spr"ng
through the door and fy% But h"s resout"on shook for one "tte
"nstant, and the chance was ost''the master opened the voume% 8f Tom
ony had the wasted opportun"ty back aga"nD Too ate% There was no hep
for Becky now, he sa"d% The neAt moment the master faced the schoo%
Every eye sank under h"s ga>e% There was that "n "t wh"ch smote even
the "nnocent w"th fear% There was s"ence wh"e one m"ght count ten
''the master was gather"ng h"s wrath% Then he spoke) C=ho tore th"s bookFC
There was not a sound% 5ne coud have heard a p"n drop% The st"ness
cont"nued@ the master searched face after face for s"gns of gu"t%
CBenjam"n *ogers, d"d you tear th"s bookFC
A den"a% Another pause%
C9oseph 7arper, d"d youFC
Another den"a% TomEs uneas"ness grew more and more "ntense under the
sow torture of these proceed"ngs% The master scanned the ranks of
boys''cons"dered a wh"e, then turned to the g"rs)
CAmy (awrenceFC
A shake of the head%
CGrac"e !"erFC
The same s"gn%
CSusan 7arper, d"d you do th"sFC
Another negat"ve% The neAt g"r was Becky Thatcher% Tom was tremb"ng
from head to foot w"th eAc"tement and a sense of the hopeessness of
the s"tuat"on%
C*ebecca ThatcherC /Tom ganced at her face''"t was wh"te w"th terror3
''Cd"d you tear''no, ook me "n the faceC /her hands rose "n appea3
''Cd"d you tear th"s bookFC
A thought shot "ke "ghtn"ng through TomEs bra"n% 7e sprang to h"s
feet and shouted''C8 done "tDC
The schoo stared "n perpeA"ty at th"s "ncred"be foy% Tom stood a
moment, to gather h"s d"smembered facut"es@ and when he stepped
forward to go to h"s pun"shment the surpr"se, the grat"tude, the
adorat"on that shone upon h"m out of poor BeckyEs eyes seemed pay
enough for a hundred fogg"ngs% 8nsp"red by the spendor of h"s own
act, he took w"thout an outcry the most merc"ess fay"ng that even !r%
+obb"ns had ever adm"n"stered@ and aso rece"ved w"th "nd"fference the
added cruety of a command to rema"n two hours after schoo shoud be
d"sm"ssed''for he knew who woud wa"t for h"m outs"de t" h"s
capt"v"ty was done, and not count the ted"ous t"me as oss, e"ther%
Tom went to bed that n"ght pann"ng vengeance aga"nst Afred Tempe@
for w"th shame and repentance Becky had tod h"m a, not forgett"ng
her own treachery@ but even the ong"ng for vengeance had to g"ve way,
soon, to peasanter mus"ngs, and he fe aseep at ast w"th BeckyEs
atest words "nger"ng dream"y "n h"s ear''
CTom, how C5:(+ you be so nobeDC
?ACAT85; was approach"ng% The schoomaster, aways severe, grew
severer and more eAact"ng than ever, for he wanted the schoo to make a
good show"ng on CEAam"nat"onC day% 7"s rod and h"s ferue were sedom
"de now''at east among the smaer pup"s% 5ny the b"ggest boys, and
young ad"es of e"ghteen and twenty, escaped ash"ng% !r% +obb"nsE
ash"ngs were very v"gorous ones, too@ for athough he carr"ed, under
h"s w"g, a perfecty bad and sh"ny head, he had ony reached m"dde
age, and there was no s"gn of feebeness "n h"s musce% As the great
day approached, a the tyranny that was "n h"m came to the surface@ he
seemed to take a v"nd"ct"ve peasure "n pun"sh"ng the east
shortcom"ngs% The conseBuence was, that the smaer boys spent the"r
days "n terror and suffer"ng and the"r n"ghts "n pott"ng revenge% They
threw away no opportun"ty to do the master a m"sch"ef% But he kept
ahead a the t"me% The retr"but"on that foowed every vengefu
success was so sweep"ng and majest"c that the boys aways ret"red from
the f"ed bady worsted% At ast they consp"red together and h"t upon a
pan that prom"sed a da>>"ng v"ctory% They swore "n the s"gn'pa"nterEs
boy, tod h"m the scheme, and asked h"s hep% 7e had h"s own reasons
for be"ng de"ghted, for the master boarded "n h"s fatherEs fam"y and
had g"ven the boy ampe cause to hate h"m% The masterEs w"fe woud go
on a v"s"t to the country "n a few days, and there woud be noth"ng to
"nterfere w"th the pan@ the master aways prepared h"msef for great
occas"ons by gett"ng pretty we fudded, and the s"gn'pa"nterEs boy
sa"d that when the dom"n"e had reached the proper cond"t"on on
EAam"nat"on Even"ng he woud Cmanage the th"ngC wh"e he napped "n h"s
cha"r@ then he woud have h"m awakened at the r"ght t"me and hurr"ed
away to schoo%
8n the funess of t"me the "nterest"ng occas"on arr"ved% At e"ght "n
the even"ng the schoohouse was br""anty "ghted, and adorned w"th
wreaths and festoons of fo"age and fowers% The master sat throned "n
h"s great cha"r upon a ra"sed patform, w"th h"s backboard beh"nd h"m%
7e was ook"ng toeraby meow% Three rows of benches on each s"de and
s"A rows "n front of h"m were occup"ed by the d"gn"tar"es of the town
and by the parents of the pup"s% To h"s eft, back of the rows of
c"t">ens, was a spac"ous temporary patform upon wh"ch were seated the
schoars who were to take part "n the eAerc"ses of the even"ng@ rows of
sma boys, washed and dressed to an "ntoerabe state of d"scomfort@
rows of gawky b"g boys@ snowbanks of g"rs and young ad"es cad "n
awn and mus"n and consp"cuousy consc"ous of the"r bare arms, the"r
grandmothersE anc"ent tr"nkets, the"r b"ts of p"nk and bue r"bbon and
the fowers "n the"r ha"r% A the rest of the house was f"ed w"th
non'part"c"pat"ng schoars%
The eAerc"ses began% A very "tte boy stood up and sheep"shy
rec"ted, C&ouEd scarce eApect one of my age to speak "n pub"c on the
stage,C etc%''accompany"ng h"msef w"th the pa"nfuy eAact and
spasmod"c gestures wh"ch a mach"ne m"ght have used''suppos"ng the
mach"ne to be a tr"fe out of order% But he got through safey, though
cruey scared, and got a f"ne round of appause when he made h"s
manufactured bow and ret"red%
A "tte shamefaced g"r "sped, C!ary had a "tte amb,C etc%,
performed a compass"on'"nsp"r"ng curtsy, got her meed of appause, and
sat down fushed and happy%
Tom Sawyer stepped forward w"th conce"ted conf"dence and soared "nto
the unBuenchabe and "ndestruct"be CG"ve me "berty or g"ve me deathC
speech, w"th f"ne fury and frant"c gest"cuat"on, and broke down "n the
m"dde of "t% A ghasty stage'fr"ght se">ed h"m, h"s egs Buaked under
h"m and he was "ke to choke% True, he had the man"fest sympathy of the
house but he had the houseEs s"ence, too, wh"ch was even worse than
"ts sympathy% The master frowned, and th"s competed the d"saster% Tom
strugged awh"e and then ret"red, uttery defeated% There was a weak
attempt at appause, but "t d"ed eary%
CThe Boy Stood on the Burn"ng +eckC foowed@ aso CThe Assyr"an Came
+own,C and other decamatory gems% Then there were read"ng eAerc"ses,
and a spe"ng f"ght% The meagre (at"n cass rec"ted w"th honor% The
pr"me feature of the even"ng was "n order, now''or"g"na Ccompos"t"onsC
by the young ad"es% Each "n her turn stepped forward to the edge of
the patform, ceared her throat, hed up her manuscr"pt #t"ed w"th
da"nty r"bbon$, and proceeded to read, w"th abored attent"on to
CeApress"onC and punctuat"on% The themes were the same that had been
"um"nated upon s"m"ar occas"ons by the"r mothers before them, the"r
grandmothers, and doubtess a the"r ancestors "n the femae "ne
cear back to the Crusades% C6r"endsh"pC was one@ C!emor"es of 5ther
+aysC@ C*e"g"on "n 7"storyC@ C+ream (andC@ CThe Advantages of
CutureC@ C6orms of Po"t"ca Government Compared and ContrastedC@
C!eanchoyC@ C6""a (oveC@ C7eart (ong"ngs,C etc%, etc%
A prevaent feature "n these compos"t"ons was a nursed and petted
meanchoy@ another was a wastefu and opuent gush of Cf"ne anguageC@
another was a tendency to ug "n by the ears part"cuary pr">ed words
and phrases unt" they were worn ent"rey out@ and a pecu"ar"ty that
consp"cuousy marked and marred them was the "nveterate and "ntoerabe
sermon that wagged "ts cr"pped ta" at the end of each and every one
of them% ;o matter what the subject m"ght be, a bra"n'rack"ng effort
was made to sBu"rm "t "nto some aspect or other that the mora and
re"g"ous m"nd coud contempate w"th ed"f"cat"on% The gar"ng
"ns"ncer"ty of these sermons was not suff"c"ent to compass the
ban"shment of the fash"on from the schoos, and "t "s not suff"c"ent
to'day@ "t never w" be suff"c"ent wh"e the word stands, perhaps%
There "s no schoo "n a our and where the young ad"es do not fee
ob"ged to cose the"r compos"t"ons w"th a sermon@ and you w" f"nd
that the sermon of the most fr"voous and the east re"g"ous g"r "n
the schoo "s aways the ongest and the most reentessy p"ous% But
enough of th"s% 7omey truth "s unpaatabe%
(et us return to the CEAam"nat"on%C The f"rst compos"t"on that was
read was one ent"ted C8s th"s, then, ("feFC Perhaps the reader can
endure an eAtract from "t)
C8n the common waks of "fe, w"th what de"ghtfu
emot"ons does the youthfu m"nd ook forward to some
ant"c"pated scene of fest"v"tyD 8mag"nat"on "s busy
sketch"ng rose't"nted p"ctures of joy% 8n fancy, the
vouptuous votary of fash"on sees hersef am"d the
fest"ve throng, Ethe observed of a observers%E 7er
gracefu form, arrayed "n snowy robes, "s wh"r"ng
through the ma>es of the joyous dance@ her eye "s
br"ghtest, her step "s "ghtest "n the gay assemby%
C8n such de"c"ous fanc"es t"me Bu"cky g"des by,
and the wecome hour arr"ves for her entrance "nto
the Eys"an word, of wh"ch she has had such br"ght
dreams% 7ow fa"ry'"ke does everyth"ng appear to
her enchanted v"s"onD Each new scene "s more charm"ng
than the ast% But after a wh"e she f"nds that
beneath th"s goody eAter"or, a "s van"ty, the
fattery wh"ch once charmed her sou, now grates
harshy upon her ear@ the ba'room has ost "ts
charms@ and w"th wasted heath and "mb"ttered heart,
she turns away w"th the conv"ct"on that earthy
peasures cannot sat"sfy the ong"ngs of the souDC
And so forth and so on% There was a bu>> of grat"f"cat"on from t"me to
t"me dur"ng the read"ng, accompan"ed by wh"spered ejacuat"ons of C7ow
sweetDC C7ow eoBuentDC CSo trueDC etc%, and after the th"ng had cosed
w"th a pecu"ary aff"ct"ng sermon the appause was enthus"ast"c%
Then arose a s"m, meanchoy g"r, whose face had the C"nterest"ngC
paeness that comes of p"s and "nd"gest"on, and read a Cpoem%C Two
stan>as of "t w" do)
CA !8SS5:*8 !A8+E;ES 6A*E=E(( T5 A(ABA!A
CAabama, good'byeD 8 ove thee weD
But yet for a wh"e do 8 eave thee nowD
Sad, yes, sad thoughts of thee my heart doth swe,
And burn"ng recoect"ons throng my browD
6or 8 have wandered through thy fowery woods@
7ave roamed and read near TaapoosaEs stream@
7ave "stened to TaasseeEs warr"ng foods,
And wooed on CoosaEs s"de AuroraEs beam%
C&et shame 8 not to bear an oEer'fu heart,
;or bush to turn beh"nd my tearfu eyes@
ET"s from no stranger and 8 now must part,
ET"s to no strangers eft 8 y"ed these s"ghs%
=ecome and home were m"ne w"th"n th"s State,
=hose vaes 8 eave''whose sp"res fade fast from me
And cod must be m"ne eyes, and heart, and tete,
=hen, dear AabamaD they turn cod on theeDC
There were very few there who knew what CteteC meant, but the poem was
very sat"sfactory, nevertheess%
;eAt appeared a dark'compeA"oned, back'eyed, back'ha"red young
ady, who paused an "mpress"ve moment, assumed a trag"c eApress"on, and
began to read "n a measured, soemn tone)
CA ?8S85;
C+ark and tempestuous was n"ght% Around the
throne on h"gh not a s"nge star Bu"vered@ but
the deep "ntonat"ons of the heavy thunder
constanty v"brated upon the ear@ wh"st the
terr"f"c "ghtn"ng reveed "n angry mood
through the coudy chambers of heaven, seem"ng
to scorn the power eAerted over "ts terror by
the "ustr"ous 6rank"nD Even the bo"sterous
w"nds unan"mousy came forth from the"r myst"c
homes, and bustered about as "f to enhance by
the"r a"d the w"dness of the scene%
CAt such a t"me, so dark, so dreary, for human
sympathy my very sp"r"t s"ghed@ but "nstead thereof,
CE!y dearest fr"end, my counseor, my comforter
and gu"de''!y joy "n gr"ef, my second b"ss
"n joy,E came to my s"de% She moved "ke one of
those br"ght be"ngs p"ctured "n the sunny waks
of fancyEs Eden by the romant"c and young, a
Bueen of beauty unadorned save by her own
transcendent ove"ness% So soft was her step, "t
fa"ed to make even a sound, and but for the
mag"ca thr" "mparted by her gen"a touch, as
other unobtrus"ve beaut"es, she woud have g"ded
away un'perce"ved''unsought% A strange sadness
rested upon her features, "ke "cy tears upon
the robe of +ecember, as she po"nted to the
contend"ng eements w"thout, and bade me contempate
the two be"ngs presented%C
Th"s n"ghtmare occup"ed some ten pages of manuscr"pt and wound up w"th
a sermon so destruct"ve of a hope to non'Presbyter"ans that "t took
the f"rst pr">e% Th"s compos"t"on was cons"dered to be the very f"nest
effort of the even"ng% The mayor of the v"age, "n de"ver"ng the
pr">e to the author of "t, made a warm speech "n wh"ch he sa"d that "t
was by far the most CeoBuentC th"ng he had ever "stened to, and that
+an"e =ebster h"msef m"ght we be proud of "t%
8t may be remarked, "n pass"ng, that the number of compos"t"ons "n
wh"ch the word CbeauteousC was over'fonded, and human eAper"ence
referred to as C"feEs page,C was up to the usua average%
;ow the master, meow amost to the verge of gen"a"ty, put h"s cha"r
as"de, turned h"s back to the aud"ence, and began to draw a map of
Amer"ca on the backboard, to eAerc"se the geography cass upon% But he
made a sad bus"ness of "t w"th h"s unsteady hand, and a smothered
t"tter r"pped over the house% 7e knew what the matter was, and set
h"msef to r"ght "t% 7e sponged out "nes and remade them@ but he ony
d"storted them more than ever, and the t"tter"ng was more pronounced%
7e threw h"s ent"re attent"on upon h"s work, now, as "f determ"ned not
to be put down by the m"rth% 7e fet that a eyes were fastened upon
h"m@ he "mag"ned he was succeed"ng, and yet the t"tter"ng cont"nued@ "t
even man"festy "ncreased% And we "t m"ght% There was a garret above,
p"erced w"th a scutte over h"s head@ and down through th"s scutte
came a cat, suspended around the haunches by a str"ng@ she had a rag
t"ed about her head and jaws to keep her from mew"ng@ as she sowy
descended she curved upward and cawed at the str"ng, she swung
downward and cawed at the "ntang"be a"r% The t"tter"ng rose h"gher
and h"gher''the cat was w"th"n s"A "nches of the absorbed teacherEs
head''down, down, a "tte ower, and she grabbed h"s w"g w"th her
desperate caws, cung to "t, and was snatched up "nto the garret "n an
"nstant w"th her trophy st" "n her possess"onD And how the "ght d"d
ba>e abroad from the masterEs bad pate''for the s"gn'pa"nterEs boy
had G8(+E+ "tD
That broke up the meet"ng% The boys were avenged% ?acat"on had come%
;5TE)''The pretended Ccompos"t"onsC Buoted "n
th"s chapter are taken w"thout aterat"on from a
voume ent"ted CProse and Poetry, by a =estern
(adyC''but they are eAacty and prec"sey after
the schoog"r pattern, and hence are much
happ"er than any mere "m"tat"ons coud be%
T5! jo"ned the new order of Cadets of Temperance, be"ng attracted by
the showy character of the"r Crega"a%C 7e prom"sed to absta"n from
smok"ng, chew"ng, and profan"ty as ong as he rema"ned a member% ;ow he
found out a new th"ng''namey, that to prom"se not to do a th"ng "s the
surest way "n the word to make a body want to go and do that very
th"ng% Tom soon found h"msef tormented w"th a des"re to dr"nk and
swear@ the des"re grew to be so "ntense that noth"ng but the hope of a
chance to d"spay h"msef "n h"s red sash kept h"m from w"thdraw"ng
from the order% 6ourth of 9uy was com"ng@ but he soon gave that up
''gave "t up before he had worn h"s shackes over forty'e"ght hours''and
f"Aed h"s hopes upon od 9udge 6ra>er, just"ce of the peace, who was
apparenty on h"s deathbed and woud have a b"g pub"c funera, s"nce
he was so h"gh an off"c"a% +ur"ng three days Tom was deepy concerned
about the 9udgeEs cond"t"on and hungry for news of "t% Somet"mes h"s
hopes ran h"gh''so h"gh that he woud venture to get out h"s rega"a
and pract"se before the ook"ng'gass% But the 9udge had a most
d"scourag"ng way of fuctuat"ng% At ast he was pronounced upon the
mend''and then convaescent% Tom was d"sgusted@ and fet a sense of
"njury, too% 7e handed "n h"s res"gnat"on at once''and that n"ght the
9udge suffered a reapse and d"ed% Tom resoved that he woud never
trust a man "ke that aga"n%
The funera was a f"ne th"ng% The Cadets paraded "n a stye cacuated
to k" the ate member w"th envy% Tom was a free boy aga"n, however
''there was someth"ng "n that% 7e coud dr"nk and swear, now''but found
to h"s surpr"se that he d"d not want to% The s"mpe fact that he coud,
took the des"re away, and the charm of "t%
Tom presenty wondered to f"nd that h"s coveted vacat"on was beg"nn"ng
to hang a "tte heav"y on h"s hands%
7e attempted a d"ary''but noth"ng happened dur"ng three days, and so
he abandoned "t%
The f"rst of a the negro m"nstre shows came to town, and made a
sensat"on% Tom and 9oe 7arper got up a band of performers and were
happy for two days%
Even the Gor"ous 6ourth was "n some sense a fa"ure, for "t ra"ned
hard, there was no process"on "n conseBuence, and the greatest man "n
the word #as Tom supposed$, !r% Benton, an actua :n"ted States
Senator, proved an overwhem"ng d"sappo"ntment''for he was not
twenty'f"ve feet h"gh, nor even anywhere "n the ne"ghborhood of "t%
A c"rcus came% The boys payed c"rcus for three days afterward "n
tents made of rag carpet"ng''adm"ss"on, three p"ns for boys, two for
g"rs''and then c"rcus"ng was abandoned%
A phrenoog"st and a mesmer">er came''and went aga"n and eft the
v"age duer and drear"er than ever%
There were some boys'and'g"rsE part"es, but they were so few and so
de"ghtfu that they ony made the ach"ng vo"ds between ache the harder%
Becky Thatcher was gone to her Constant"nope home to stay w"th her
parents dur"ng vacat"on''so there was no br"ght s"de to "fe anywhere%
The dreadfu secret of the murder was a chron"c m"sery% 8t was a very
cancer for permanency and pa"n%
Then came the meases%
+ur"ng two ong weeks Tom ay a pr"soner, dead to the word and "ts
happen"ngs% 7e was very ", he was "nterested "n noth"ng% =hen he got
upon h"s feet at ast and moved feeby down'town, a meanchoy change
had come over everyth"ng and every creature% There had been a
Crev"va,C and everybody had Cgot re"g"on,C not ony the aduts, but
even the boys and g"rs% Tom went about, hop"ng aga"nst hope for the
s"ght of one bessed s"nfu face, but d"sappo"ntment crossed h"m
everywhere% 7e found 9oe 7arper study"ng a Testament, and turned sady
away from the depress"ng spectace% 7e sought Ben *ogers, and found h"m
v"s"t"ng the poor w"th a basket of tracts% 7e hunted up 9"m 7o"s, who
caed h"s attent"on to the prec"ous bess"ng of h"s ate meases as a
warn"ng% Every boy he encountered added another ton to h"s depress"on@
and when, "n desperat"on, he few for refuge at ast to the bosom of
7uckeberry 6"nn and was rece"ved w"th a Scr"ptura Buotat"on, h"s
heart broke and he crept home and to bed rea">"ng that he aone of a
the town was ost, forever and forever%
And that n"ght there came on a terr"f"c storm, w"th dr"v"ng ra"n,
awfu caps of thunder and b"nd"ng sheets of "ghtn"ng% 7e covered h"s
head w"th the bedcothes and wa"ted "n a horror of suspense for h"s
doom@ for he had not the shadow of a doubt that a th"s hubbub was
about h"m% 7e be"eved he had taAed the forbearance of the powers above
to the eAtrem"ty of endurance and that th"s was the resut% 8t m"ght
have seemed to h"m a waste of pomp and ammun"t"on to k" a bug w"th a
battery of art"ery, but there seemed noth"ng "ncongruous about the
gett"ng up such an eApens"ve thunderstorm as th"s to knock the turf
from under an "nsect "ke h"msef%
By and by the tempest spent "tsef and d"ed w"thout accomp"sh"ng "ts
object% The boyEs f"rst "mpuse was to be gratefu, and reform% 7"s
second was to wa"t''for there m"ght not be any more storms%
The neAt day the doctors were back@ Tom had reapsed% The three weeks
he spent on h"s back th"s t"me seemed an ent"re age% =hen he got abroad
at ast he was hardy gratefu that he had been spared, remember"ng how
oney was h"s estate, how compan"oness and fororn he was% 7e dr"fted
"stessy down the street and found 9"m 7o"s act"ng as judge "n a
juven"e court that was try"ng a cat for murder, "n the presence of her
v"ct"m, a b"rd% 7e found 9oe 7arper and 7uck 6"nn up an aey eat"ng a
stoen meon% Poor adsD they''"ke Tom''had suffered a reapse%
AT ast the seepy atmosphere was st"rred''and v"gorousy) the murder
tr"a came on "n the court% 8t became the absorb"ng top"c of v"age
tak "mmed"atey% Tom coud not get away from "t% Every reference to
the murder sent a shudder to h"s heart, for h"s troubed consc"ence and
fears amost persuaded h"m that these remarks were put forth "n h"s
hear"ng as CfeeersC@ he d"d not see how he coud be suspected of
know"ng anyth"ng about the murder, but st" he coud not be
comfortabe "n the m"dst of th"s goss"p% 8t kept h"m "n a cod sh"ver
a the t"me% 7e took 7uck to a oney pace to have a tak w"th h"m%
8t woud be some re"ef to unsea h"s tongue for a "tte wh"e@ to
d"v"de h"s burden of d"stress w"th another sufferer% !oreover, he
wanted to assure h"msef that 7uck had rema"ned d"screet%
C7uck, have you ever tod anybody about''thatFC
CEBout whatFC
C&ou know what%C
C5h''Ecourse 8 havenEt%C
C;ever a wordFC
C;ever a so"tary word, so hep me% =hat makes you askFC
C=e, 8 was afeard%C
C=hy, Tom Sawyer, we woudnEt be a"ve two days "f that got found out%
&5: know that%C
Tom fet more comfortabe% After a pause)
C7uck, they coudnEt anybody get you to te, coud theyFC
CGet me to teF =hy, "f 8 wanted that haf'breed dev" to drownd me
they coud get me to te% They a"nEt no d"fferent way%C
C=e, thatEs a r"ght, then% 8 reckon weEre safe as ong as we keep
mum% But etEs swear aga"n, anyway% 8tEs more surer%C
C8Em agreed%C
So they swore aga"n w"th dread soemn"t"es%
C=hat "s the tak around, 7uckF 8Eve heard a power of "t%C
CTakF =e, "tEs just !uff Potter, !uff Potter, !uff Potter a the
t"me% 8t keeps me "n a sweat, constant, soEs 8 want to h"de somEers%C
CThatEs just the same way they go on round me% 8 reckon heEs a goner%
+onEt you fee sorry for h"m, somet"mesFC
C!ost aways''most aways% 7e a"nEt no account@ but then he ha"nEt
ever done anyth"ng to hurt anybody% 9ust f"shes a "tte, to get money
to get drunk on''and oafs around cons"derabe@ but ord, we a do
that''eastways most of us''preachers and such "ke% But heEs k"nd of
good''he g"ve me haf a f"sh, once, when there warnEt enough for two@
and ots of t"mes heEs k"nd of stood by me when 8 was out of uck%C
C=e, heEs mended k"tes for me, 7uck, and kn"tted hooks on to my
"ne% 8 w"sh we coud get h"m out of there%C
C!yD we coudnEt get h"m out, Tom% And bes"des, EtwoudnEt do any
good@ theyEd ketch h"m aga"n%C
C&es''so they woud% But 8 hate to hear Eem abuse h"m so "ke the
d"ckens when he never done''that%C
C8 do too, Tom% (ord, 8 hear Eem say heEs the bood"est ook"ng
v"a"n "n th"s country, and they wonder he wasnEt ever hung before%C
C&es, they tak "ke that, a the t"me% 8Eve heard Eem say that "f he
was to get free theyEd ynch h"m%C
CAnd theyEd do "t, too%C
The boys had a ong tak, but "t brought them "tte comfort% As the
tw""ght drew on, they found themseves hang"ng about the ne"ghborhood
of the "tte "soated ja", perhaps w"th an undef"ned hope that
someth"ng woud happen that m"ght cear away the"r d"ff"cut"es% But
noth"ng happened@ there seemed to be no anges or fa"r"es "nterested "n
th"s uckess capt"ve%
The boys d"d as they had often done before''went to the ce grat"ng
and gave Potter some tobacco and matches% 7e was on the ground foor
and there were no guards%
7"s grat"tude for the"r g"fts had aways smote the"r consc"ences
before''"t cut deeper than ever, th"s t"me% They fet cowardy and
treacherous to the ast degree when Potter sa"d)
C&ouEve been m"ghty good to me, boys''betterEn anybody ese "n th"s
town% And 8 donEt forget "t, 8 donEt% 5ften 8 says to mysef, says 8,
E8 used to mend a the boysE k"tes and th"ngs, and show Eem where the
good f"sh"nE paces was, and befr"end Eem what 8 coud, and now theyEve
a forgot od !uff when heEs "n troube@ but Tom donEt, and 7uck
donEt''T7E& donEt forget h"m, says 8, Eand 8 donEt forget them%E =e,
boys, 8 done an awfu th"ng''drunk and cra>y at the t"me''thatEs the
ony way 8 account for "t''and now 8 got to sw"ng for "t, and "tEs
r"ght% *"ght, and BEST, too, 8 reckon''hope so, anyway% =e, we wonEt
tak about that% 8 donEt want to make &5: fee bad@ youEve befr"ended
me% But what 8 want to say, "s, donEt &5: ever get drunk''then you wonEt
ever get here% Stand a "tter furder west''so''thatEs "t@ "tEs a pr"me
comfort to see faces thatEs fr"endy when a bodyEs "n such a muck of
troube, and there donEt none come here but yourn% Good fr"endy
faces''good fr"endy faces% G"t up on one anotherEs backs and et me
touch Eem% ThatEs "t% Shake hands''yournE come through the bars, but
m"neEs too b"g% ("tte hands, and weak''but theyEve heped !uff Potter
a power, and theyEd hep h"m more "f they coud%C
Tom went home m"serabe, and h"s dreams that n"ght were fu of
horrors% The neAt day and the day after, he hung about the court'room,
drawn by an amost "rres"st"be "mpuse to go "n, but forc"ng h"msef
to stay out% 7uck was hav"ng the same eAper"ence% They stud"ousy
avo"ded each other% Each wandered away, from t"me to t"me, but the same
d"sma fasc"nat"on aways brought them back presenty% Tom kept h"s
ears open when "ders sauntered out of the court'room, but "nvar"aby
heard d"stress"ng news''the to"s were cos"ng more and more
reentessy around poor Potter% At the end of the second day the
v"age tak was to the effect that 8njun 9oeEs ev"dence stood f"rm and
unshaken, and that there was not the s"ghtest Buest"on as to what the
juryEs verd"ct woud be%
Tom was out ate, that n"ght, and came to bed through the w"ndow% 7e
was "n a tremendous state of eAc"tement% 8t was hours before he got to
seep% A the v"age focked to the court'house the neAt morn"ng, for
th"s was to be the great day% Both seAes were about eBuay represented
"n the packed aud"ence% After a ong wa"t the jury f"ed "n and took
the"r paces@ shorty afterward, Potter, pae and haggard, t"m"d and
hopeess, was brought "n, w"th cha"ns upon h"m, and seated where a
the cur"ous eyes coud stare at h"m@ no ess consp"cuous was 8njun 9oe,
sto"d as ever% There was another pause, and then the judge arr"ved and
the sher"ff proca"med the open"ng of the court% The usua wh"sper"ngs
among the awyers and gather"ng together of papers foowed% These
deta"s and accompany"ng deays worked up an atmosphere of preparat"on
that was as "mpress"ve as "t was fasc"nat"ng%
;ow a w"tness was caed who test"f"ed that he found !uff Potter
wash"ng "n the brook, at an eary hour of the morn"ng that the murder
was d"scovered, and that he "mmed"atey sneaked away% After some
further Buest"on"ng, counse for the prosecut"on sa"d)
CTake the w"tness%C
The pr"soner ra"sed h"s eyes for a moment, but dropped them aga"n when
h"s own counse sa"d)
C8 have no Buest"ons to ask h"m%C
The neAt w"tness proved the f"nd"ng of the kn"fe near the corpse%
Counse for the prosecut"on sa"d)
CTake the w"tness%C
C8 have no Buest"ons to ask h"m,C PotterEs awyer rep"ed%
A th"rd w"tness swore he had often seen the kn"fe "n PotterEs
CTake the w"tness%C
Counse for Potter dec"ned to Buest"on h"m% The faces of the aud"ence
began to betray annoyance% +"d th"s attorney mean to throw away h"s
c"entEs "fe w"thout an effortF
Severa w"tnesses deposed concern"ng PotterEs gu"ty behav"or when
brought to the scene of the murder% They were aowed to eave the
stand w"thout be"ng cross'Buest"oned%
Every deta" of the damag"ng c"rcumstances that occurred "n the
graveyard upon that morn"ng wh"ch a present remembered so we was
brought out by cred"be w"tnesses, but none of them were cross'eAam"ned
by PotterEs awyer% The perpeA"ty and d"ssat"sfact"on of the house
eApressed "tsef "n murmurs and provoked a reproof from the bench%
Counse for the prosecut"on now sa"d)
CBy the oaths of c"t">ens whose s"mpe word "s above susp"c"on, we
have fastened th"s awfu cr"me, beyond a poss"b""ty of Buest"on,
upon the unhappy pr"soner at the bar% =e rest our case here%C
A groan escaped from poor Potter, and he put h"s face "n h"s hands and
rocked h"s body softy to and fro, wh"e a pa"nfu s"ence re"gned "n
the court'room% !any men were moved, and many womenEs compass"on
test"f"ed "tsef "n tears% Counse for the defence rose and sa"d)
C&our honor, "n our remarks at the open"ng of th"s tr"a, we
foreshadowed our purpose to prove that our c"ent d"d th"s fearfu deed
wh"e under the "nfuence of a b"nd and "rrespons"be de"r"um
produced by dr"nk% =e have changed our m"nd% =e sha not offer that
pea%C /Then to the cerk)3 CCa Thomas SawyerDC
A pu>>ed ama>ement awoke "n every face "n the house, not even
eAcept"ng PotterEs% Every eye fastened "tsef w"th wonder"ng "nterest
upon Tom as he rose and took h"s pace upon the stand% The boy ooked
w"d enough, for he was bady scared% The oath was adm"n"stered%
CThomas Sawyer, where were you on the seventeenth of 9une, about the
hour of m"dn"ghtFC
Tom ganced at 8njun 9oeEs "ron face and h"s tongue fa"ed h"m% The
aud"ence "stened breathess, but the words refused to come% After a
few moments, however, the boy got a "tte of h"s strength back, and
managed to put enough of "t "nto h"s vo"ce to make part of the house
C8n the graveyardDC
CA "tte b"t ouder, pease% +onEt be afra"d% &ou were''C
C8n the graveyard%C
A contemptuous sm"e f"tted across 8njun 9oeEs face%
C=ere you anywhere near 7orse =""amsE graveFC
C&es, s"r%C
CSpeak up''just a tr"fe ouder% 7ow near were youFC
C;ear as 8 am to you%C
C=ere you h"dden, or notFC
C8 was h"d%C
CBeh"nd the ems thatEs on the edge of the grave%C
8njun 9oe gave a barey percept"be start%
CAny one w"th youFC
C&es, s"r% 8 went there w"th''C
C=a"t''wa"t a moment% ;ever m"nd ment"on"ng your compan"onEs name% =e
w" produce h"m at the proper t"me% +"d you carry anyth"ng there w"th
Tom hes"tated and ooked confused%
CSpeak out, my boy''donEt be d"ff"dent% The truth "s aways
respectabe% =hat d"d you take thereFC
C5ny a''a''dead cat%C
There was a r"ppe of m"rth, wh"ch the court checked%
C=e w" produce the skeeton of that cat% ;ow, my boy, te us
everyth"ng that occurred''te "t "n your own way''donEt sk"p anyth"ng,
and donEt be afra"d%C
Tom began''hes"tat"ngy at f"rst, but as he warmed to h"s subject h"s
words fowed more and more eas"y@ "n a "tte wh"e every sound ceased
but h"s own vo"ce@ every eye f"Aed "tsef upon h"m@ w"th parted "ps
and bated breath the aud"ence hung upon h"s words, tak"ng no note of
t"me, rapt "n the ghasty fasc"nat"ons of the tae% The stra"n upon
pent emot"on reached "ts c"maA when the boy sa"d)
C''and as the doctor fetched the board around and !uff Potter fe,
8njun 9oe jumped w"th the kn"fe and''C
CrashD Hu"ck as "ghtn"ng the haf'breed sprang for a w"ndow, tore h"s
way through a opposers, and was goneD
T5! was a g"tter"ng hero once more''the pet of the od, the envy of
the young% 7"s name even went "nto "mmorta pr"nt, for the v"age
paper magn"f"ed h"m% There were some that be"eved he woud be
Pres"dent, yet, "f he escaped hang"ng%
As usua, the f"cke, unreason"ng word took !uff Potter to "ts bosom
and fonded h"m as av"shy as "t had abused h"m before% But that sort
of conduct "s to the wordEs cred"t@ therefore "t "s not we to f"nd
faut w"th "t%
TomEs days were days of spendor and eAutat"on to h"m, but h"s n"ghts
were seasons of horror% 8njun 9oe "nfested a h"s dreams, and aways
w"th doom "n h"s eye% 7ardy any temptat"on coud persuade the boy to
st"r abroad after n"ghtfa% Poor 7uck was "n the same state of
wretchedness and terror, for Tom had tod the whoe story to the awyer
the n"ght before the great day of the tr"a, and 7uck was sore afra"d
that h"s share "n the bus"ness m"ght eak out, yet, notw"thstand"ng
8njun 9oeEs f"ght had saved h"m the suffer"ng of test"fy"ng "n court%
The poor feow had got the attorney to prom"se secrecy, but what of
thatF S"nce TomEs harassed consc"ence had managed to dr"ve h"m to the
awyerEs house by n"ght and wr"ng a dread tae from "ps that had been
seaed w"th the d"smaest and most form"dabe of oaths, 7uckEs
conf"dence "n the human race was we'n"gh ob"terated%
+a"y !uff PotterEs grat"tude made Tom gad he had spoken@ but n"ghty
he w"shed he had seaed up h"s tongue%
7af the t"me Tom was afra"d 8njun 9oe woud never be captured@ the
other haf he was afra"d he woud be% 7e fet sure he never coud draw
a safe breath aga"n unt" that man was dead and he had seen the corpse%
*ewards had been offered, the country had been scoured, but no 8njun
9oe was found% 5ne of those omn"sc"ent and awe'"nsp"r"ng marves, a
detect"ve, came up from St% (ou"s, moused around, shook h"s head,
ooked w"se, and made that sort of astound"ng success wh"ch members of
that craft usuay ach"eve% That "s to say, he Cfound a cew%C But you
canEt hang a CcewC for murder, and so after that detect"ve had got
through and gone home, Tom fet just as "nsecure as he was before%
The sow days dr"fted on, and each eft beh"nd "t a s"ghty "ghtened
we"ght of apprehens"on%
T7E*E comes a t"me "n every r"ghty'constructed boyEs "fe when he has
a rag"ng des"re to go somewhere and d"g for h"dden treasure% Th"s
des"re suddeny came upon Tom one day% 7e sa"ed out to f"nd 9oe
7arper, but fa"ed of success% ;eAt he sought Ben *ogers@ he had gone
f"sh"ng% Presenty he stumbed upon 7uck 6"nn the *ed'7anded% 7uck
woud answer% Tom took h"m to a pr"vate pace and opened the matter to
h"m conf"dent"ay% 7uck was w""ng% 7uck was aways w""ng to take a
hand "n any enterpr"se that offered enterta"nment and reBu"red no
cap"ta, for he had a troubesome superabundance of that sort of t"me
wh"ch "s not money% C=hereE we d"gFC sa"d 7uck%
C5h, most anywhere%C
C=hy, "s "t h"d a aroundFC
C;o, "ndeed "t a"nEt% 8tEs h"d "n m"ghty part"cuar paces, 7uck
''somet"mes on "sands, somet"mes "n rotten chests under the end of a
"mb of an od dead tree, just where the shadow fas at m"dn"ght@ but
mosty under the foor "n haEnted houses%C
C=ho h"des "tFC
C=hy, robbers, of course''whoEd you reckonF Sunday'schoo
C8 donEt know% 8f Etwas m"ne 8 woudnEt h"de "t@ 8Ed spend "t and have
a good t"me%C
CSo woud 8% But robbers donEt do that way% They aways h"de "t and
eave "t there%C
C+onEt they come after "t any moreFC
C;o, they th"nk they w", but they generay forget the marks, or
ese they d"e% Anyway, "t ays there a ong t"me and gets rusty@ and by
and by somebody f"nds an od yeow paper that tes how to f"nd the
marks''a paper thatEs got to be c"phered over about a week because "tEs
mosty s"gns and hyErogyph"cs%C
C7yErogyph"cs''p"ctures and th"ngs, you know, that donEt seem to mean
C7ave you got one of them papers, TomFC
C=e then, how you go"ng to f"nd the marksFC
C8 donEt want any marks% They aways bury "t under a haEnted house or
on an "sand, or under a dead tree thatEs got one "mb st"ck"ng out%
=e, weEve tr"ed 9acksonEs 8sand a "tte, and we can try "t aga"n
some t"me@ and thereEs the od haEnted house up the St"'7ouse branch,
and thereEs ots of dead'"mb trees''dead oads of Eem%C
C8s "t under a of themFC
C7ow you takD ;oDC
CThen how you go"ng to know wh"ch one to go forFC
CGo for a of EemDC
C=hy, Tom, "tE take a summer%C
C=e, what of thatF Suppose you f"nd a brass pot w"th a hundred
doars "n "t, a rusty and gray, or rotten chest fu of d"Emonds%
7owEs thatFC
7uckEs eyes gowed%
CThatEs buy% Penty buy enough for me% 9ust you g"mme the hundred
doars and 8 donEt want no d"Emonds%C
CA r"ght% But 8 bet you 8 a"nEt go"ng to throw off on d"Emonds% Some
of EemEs worth twenty doars ap"ece''there a"nEt any, hardy, butEs
worth s"A b"ts or a doar%C
C;oD 8s that soFC
CCertEny''anybodyE te you so% 7a"nEt you ever seen one, 7uckFC
C;ot as 8 remember%C
C5h, k"ngs have sathers of them%C
C=e, 8 donE know no k"ngs, Tom%C
C8 reckon you donEt% But "f you was to go to Europe youEd see a raft
of Eem hopp"ng around%C
C+o they hopFC
C7opF''your grannyD ;oDC
C=e, what d"d you say they d"d, forFC
CShucks, 8 ony meant youEd SEE Eem''not hopp"ng, of course''what do
they want to hop forF''but 8 mean youEd just see Eem''scattered around,
you know, "n a k"nd of a genera way% ("ke that od humpbacked *"chard%C
C*"chardF =hatEs h"s other nameFC
C7e d"dnEt have any other name% <"ngs donEt have any but a g"ven name%C
CBut they donEt%C
C=e, "f they "ke "t, Tom, a r"ght@ but 8 donEt want to be a k"ng
and have ony just a g"ven name, "ke a n"gger% But say''where you
go"ng to d"g f"rstFC
C=e, 8 donEt know% SEpose we tacke that od dead'"mb tree on the
h" tEother s"de of St"'7ouse branchFC
C8Em agreed%C
So they got a cr"pped p"ck and a shove, and set out on the"r
three'm"e tramp% They arr"ved hot and pant"ng, and threw themseves
down "n the shade of a ne"ghbor"ng em to rest and have a smoke%
C8 "ke th"s,C sa"d Tom%
CSo do 8%C
CSay, 7uck, "f we f"nd a treasure here, what you go"ng to do w"th your
C=e, 8E have p"e and a gass of soda every day, and 8E go to
every c"rcus that comes aong% 8 bet 8E have a gay t"me%C
C=e, a"nEt you go"ng to save any of "tFC
CSave "tF =hat forFC
C=hy, so as to have someth"ng to "ve on, by and by%C
C5h, that a"nEt any use% Pap woud come back to th"sh'yer town some
day and get h"s caws on "t "f 8 d"dnEt hurry up, and 8 te you heEd
cean "t out pretty Bu"ck% =hat you go"ng to do w"th yourn, TomFC
C8Em go"ng to buy a new drum, and a sure'Enough sword, and a red
neckt"e and a bu pup, and get marr"ed%C
CThatEs "t%C
CTom, you''why, you a"nEt "n your r"ght m"nd%C
C=a"t''youE see%C
C=e, thatEs the foo"shest th"ng you coud do% (ook at pap and my
mother% 6"ghtD =hy, they used to f"ght a the t"me% 8 remember, m"ghty
CThat a"nEt anyth"ng% The g"r 8Em go"ng to marry wonEt f"ght%C
CTom, 8 reckon theyEre a a"ke% TheyE a comb a body% ;ow you
better th"nk Ebout th"s awh"e% 8 te you you better% =hatEs the name
of the gaFC
C8t a"nEt a ga at a''"tEs a g"r%C
C8tEs a the same, 8 reckon@ some says ga, some says g"r''bothEs
r"ght, "ke enough% Anyway, whatEs her name, TomFC
C8E te you some t"me''not now%C
CA r"ght''thatE do% 5ny "f you get marr"ed 8E be more onesomer
than ever%C
C;o you wonEt% &ouE come and "ve w"th me% ;ow st"r out of th"s and
weE go to d"gg"ng%C
They worked and sweated for haf an hour% ;o resut% They to"ed
another haf'hour% St" no resut% 7uck sa"d)
C+o they aways bury "t as deep as th"sFC
CSomet"mes''not aways% ;ot generay% 8 reckon we havenEt got the
r"ght pace%C
So they chose a new spot and began aga"n% The abor dragged a "tte,
but st" they made progress% They pegged away "n s"ence for some
t"me% 6"nay 7uck eaned on h"s shove, swabbed the beaded drops from
h"s brow w"th h"s seeve, and sa"d)
C=here you go"ng to d"g neAt, after we get th"s oneFC
C8 reckon maybe weE tacke the od tree thatEs over yonder on
Card"ff 7" back of the w"dowEs%C
C8 reckon thatE be a good one% But wonEt the w"dow take "t away from
us, TomF 8tEs on her and%C
CS7E take "t awayD !aybe sheEd "ke to try "t once% =hoever f"nds one
of these h"d treasures, "t beongs to h"m% 8t donEt make any d"fference
whose and "tEs on%C
That was sat"sfactory% The work went on% By and by 7uck sa"d)
CBame "t, we must be "n the wrong pace aga"n% =hat do you th"nkFC
C8t "s m"ghty cur"ous, 7uck% 8 donEt understand "t% Somet"mes w"tches
"nterfere% 8 reckon maybe thatEs whatEs the troube now%C
CShucksD ="tches a"nEt got no power "n the dayt"me%C
C=e, thatEs so% 8 d"dnEt th"nk of that% 5h, 8 know what the matter
"sD =hat a bamed ot of foos we areD &ou got to f"nd out where the
shadow of the "mb fas at m"dn"ght, and thatEs where you d"gDC
CThen consound "t, weEve fooed away a th"s work for noth"ng% ;ow
hang "t a, we got to come back "n the n"ght% 8tEs an awfu ong way%
Can you get outFC
C8 bet 8 w"% =eEve got to do "t to'n"ght, too, because "f somebody
sees these hoes theyE know "n a m"nute whatEs here and theyE go
for "t%C
C=e, 8E come around and maow to'n"ght%C
CA r"ght% (etEs h"de the toos "n the bushes%C
The boys were there that n"ght, about the appo"nted t"me% They sat "n
the shadow wa"t"ng% 8t was a oney pace, and an hour made soemn by
od trad"t"ons% Sp"r"ts wh"spered "n the rust"ng eaves, ghosts urked
"n the murky nooks, the deep bay"ng of a hound foated up out of the
d"stance, an ow answered w"th h"s sepuchra note% The boys were
subdued by these soemn"t"es, and taked "tte% By and by they judged
that tweve had come@ they marked where the shadow fe, and began to
d"g% The"r hopes commenced to r"se% The"r "nterest grew stronger, and
the"r "ndustry kept pace w"th "t% The hoe deepened and st" deepened,
but every t"me the"r hearts jumped to hear the p"ck str"ke upon
someth"ng, they ony suffered a new d"sappo"ntment% 8t was ony a stone
or a chunk% At ast Tom sa"d)
C8t a"nEt any use, 7uck, weEre wrong aga"n%C
C=e, but we CA;ET be wrong% =e spotted the shadder to a dot%C
C8 know "t, but then thereEs another th"ng%C
C=hatEs thatFC%
C=hy, we ony guessed at the t"me% ("ke enough "t was too ate or too
7uck dropped h"s shove%
CThatEs "t,C sa"d he% CThatEs the very troube% =e got to g"ve th"s
one up% =e canEt ever te the r"ght t"me, and bes"des th"s k"nd of
th"ngEs too awfu, here th"s t"me of n"ght w"th w"tches and ghosts
a'futter"ng around so% 8 fee as "f someth"ngEs beh"nd me a the t"me@
and 8Em afeard to turn around, becu> maybe thereEs others "n front
a'wa"t"ng for a chance% 8 been creep"ng a over, ever s"nce 8 got here%C
C=e, 8Eve been pretty much so, too, 7uck% They most aways put "n a
dead man when they bury a treasure under a tree, to ook out for "t%C
C&es, they do% 8Eve aways heard that%C
CTom, 8 donEt "ke to foo around much where thereEs dead peope% A
bodyEs bound to get "nto troube w"th Eem, sure%C
C8 donEt "ke to st"r Eem up, e"ther% SEpose th"s one here was to
st"ck h"s sku out and say someth"ngDC
C+onEt TomD 8tEs awfu%C
C=e, "t just "s% 7uck, 8 donEt fee comfortabe a b"t%C
CSay, Tom, etEs g"ve th"s pace up, and try somewheres ese%C
CA r"ght, 8 reckon we better%C
C=hatE "t beFC
Tom cons"dered awh"e@ and then sa"d)
CThe haEnted house% ThatEs "tDC
CBame "t, 8 donEt "ke haEnted houses, Tom% =hy, theyEre a dern s"ght
worseEn dead peope% +ead peope m"ght tak, maybe, but they donEt come
s"d"ng around "n a shroud, when you a"nEt not"c"ng, and peep over your
shouder a of a sudden and gr"t the"r teeth, the way a ghost does% 8
coudnEt stand such a th"ng as that, Tom''nobody coud%C
C&es, but, 7uck, ghosts donEt trave around ony at n"ght% They wonEt
hender us from d"gg"ng there "n the dayt"me%C
C=e, thatEs so% But you know m"ghty we peope donEt go about that
haEnted house "n the day nor the n"ght%C
C=e, thatEs mosty because they donEt "ke to go where a manEs been
murdered, anyway''but noth"ngEs ever been seen around that house eAcept
"n the n"ght''just some bue "ghts s"pp"ng by the w"ndows''no reguar
C=e, where you see one of them bue "ghts f"cker"ng around, Tom,
you can bet thereEs a ghost m"ghty cose beh"nd "t% 8t stands to
reason% Becu> you know that they donEt anybody but ghosts use Eem%C
C&es, thatEs so% But anyway they donEt come around "n the dayt"me, so
whatEs the use of our be"ng afeardFC
C=e, a r"ght% =eE tacke the haEnted house "f you say so''but 8
reckon "tEs tak"ng chances%C
They had started down the h" by th"s t"me% There "n the m"dde of
the moon"t vaey beow them stood the ChaEntedC house, uttery
"soated, "ts fences gone ong ago, rank weeds smother"ng the very
doorsteps, the ch"mney crumbed to ru"n, the w"ndow'sashes vacant, a
corner of the roof caved "n% The boys ga>ed awh"e, haf eApect"ng to
see a bue "ght f"t past a w"ndow@ then tak"ng "n a ow tone, as
bef"tted the t"me and the c"rcumstances, they struck far off to the
r"ght, to g"ve the haunted house a w"de berth, and took the"r way
homeward through the woods that adorned the rearward s"de of Card"ff
AB5:T noon the neAt day the boys arr"ved at the dead tree@ they had
come for the"r toos% Tom was "mpat"ent to go to the haunted house@
7uck was measuraby so, aso''but suddeny sa"d)
C(ookyhere, Tom, do you know what day "t "sFC
Tom mentay ran over the days of the week, and then Bu"cky "fted
h"s eyes w"th a started ook "n them''
C!yD 8 never once thought of "t, 7uckDC
C=e, 8 d"dnEt ne"ther, but a at once "t popped onto me that "t was
CBame "t, a body canEt be too carefu, 7uck% =e m"ght EaE got "nto an
awfu scrape, tack"ng such a th"ng on a 6r"day%C
C!8G7TD Better say we =5:(+D ThereEs some ucky days, maybe, but
6r"day a"nEt%C
CAny foo knows that% 8 donEt reckon &5: was the f"rst that found "t
out, 7uck%C
C=e, 8 never sa"d 8 was, d"d 8F And 6r"day a"nEt a, ne"ther% 8 had
a rotten bad dream ast n"ght''dreampt about rats%C
C;oD Sure s"gn of troube% +"d they f"ghtFC
C=e, thatEs good, 7uck% =hen they donEt f"ght "tEs ony a s"gn that
thereEs troube around, you know% A we got to do "s to ook m"ghty
sharp and keep out of "t% =eE drop th"s th"ng for to'day, and pay%
+o you know *ob"n 7ood, 7uckFC
C;o% =hoEs *ob"n 7oodFC
C=hy, he was one of the greatest men that was ever "n Engand''and the
best% 7e was a robber%C
CCracky, 8 w"sht 8 was% =ho d"d he robFC
C5ny sher"ffs and b"shops and r"ch peope and k"ngs, and such "ke%
But he never bothered the poor% 7e oved Eem% 7e aways d"v"ded up w"th
Eem perfecty sBuare%C
C=e, he must EaE been a br"ck%C
C8 bet you he was, 7uck% 5h, he was the nobest man that ever was%
They a"nEt any such men now, 8 can te you% 7e coud "ck any man "n
Engand, w"th one hand t"ed beh"nd h"m@ and he coud take h"s yew bow
and pug a ten'cent p"ece every t"me, a m"e and a haf%C
C=hatEs a &E= bowFC
C8 donEt know% 8tEs some k"nd of a bow, of course% And "f he h"t that
d"me ony on the edge he woud set down and cry''and curse% But weE
pay *ob"n 7ood''"tEs nobby fun% 8E earn you%C
C8Em agreed%C
So they payed *ob"n 7ood a the afternoon, now and then cast"ng a
yearn"ng eye down upon the haunted house and pass"ng a remark about the
morrowEs prospects and poss"b""t"es there% As the sun began to s"nk
"nto the west they took the"r way homeward athwart the ong shadows of
the trees and soon were bur"ed from s"ght "n the forests of Card"ff
5n Saturday, shorty after noon, the boys were at the dead tree aga"n%
They had a smoke and a chat "n the shade, and then dug a "tte "n
the"r ast hoe, not w"th great hope, but merey because Tom sa"d there
were so many cases where peope had g"ven up a treasure after gett"ng
down w"th"n s"A "nches of "t, and then somebody ese had come aong and
turned "t up w"th a s"nge thrust of a shove% The th"ng fa"ed th"s
t"me, however, so the boys shoudered the"r toos and went away fee"ng
that they had not tr"fed w"th fortune, but had fuf"ed a the
reBu"rements that beong to the bus"ness of treasure'hunt"ng%
=hen they reached the haunted house there was someth"ng so we"rd and
gr"sy about the dead s"ence that re"gned there under the bak"ng sun,
and someth"ng so depress"ng about the one"ness and desoat"on of the
pace, that they were afra"d, for a moment, to venture "n% Then they
crept to the door and took a tremb"ng peep% They saw a weed'grown,
fooress room, unpastered, an anc"ent f"repace, vacant w"ndows, a
ru"nous sta"rcase@ and here, there, and everywhere hung ragged and
abandoned cobwebs% They presenty entered, softy, w"th Bu"ckened
puses, tak"ng "n wh"spers, ears aert to catch the s"ghtest sound,
and musces tense and ready for "nstant retreat%
8n a "tte wh"e fam""ar"ty mod"f"ed the"r fears and they gave the
pace a cr"t"ca and "nterested eAam"nat"on, rather adm"r"ng the"r own
bodness, and wonder"ng at "t, too% ;eAt they wanted to ook up'sta"rs%
Th"s was someth"ng "ke cutt"ng off retreat, but they got to dar"ng
each other, and of course there coud be but one resut''they threw
the"r toos "nto a corner and made the ascent% :p there were the same
s"gns of decay% 8n one corner they found a coset that prom"sed
mystery, but the prom"se was a fraud''there was noth"ng "n "t% The"r
courage was up now and we "n hand% They were about to go down and
beg"n work when''
CShDC sa"d Tom%
C=hat "s "tFC wh"spered 7uck, banch"ng w"th fr"ght%
CShD%%% ThereD%%% 7ear "tFC
C&esD%%% 5h, myD (etEs runDC
C<eep st"D +onEt you budgeD TheyEre com"ng r"ght toward the door%C
The boys stretched themseves upon the foor w"th the"r eyes to
knot'hoes "n the pank"ng, and ay wa"t"ng, "n a m"sery of fear%
CTheyEve stopped%%%% ;o''com"ng%%%% 7ere they are% +onEt wh"sper
another word, 7uck% !y goodness, 8 w"sh 8 was out of th"sDC
Two men entered% Each boy sa"d to h"msef) CThereEs the od deaf and
dumb Span"ard thatEs been about town once or tw"ce atey''never saw
tEother man before%C
CTEotherC was a ragged, unkempt creature, w"th noth"ng very peasant
"n h"s face% The Span"ard was wrapped "n a serape@ he had bushy wh"te
wh"skers@ ong wh"te ha"r fowed from under h"s sombrero, and he wore
green gogges% =hen they came "n, CtEotherC was tak"ng "n a ow vo"ce@
they sat down on the ground, fac"ng the door, w"th the"r backs to the
wa, and the speaker cont"nued h"s remarks% 7"s manner became ess
guarded and h"s words more d"st"nct as he proceeded)
C;o,C sa"d he, C8Eve thought "t a over, and 8 donEt "ke "t% 8tEs
C+angerousDC grunted the Cdeaf and dumbC Span"ard''to the vast
surpr"se of the boys% C!"ksopDC
Th"s vo"ce made the boys gasp and Buake% 8t was 8njun 9oeEsD There was
s"ence for some t"me% Then 9oe sa"d)
C=hatEs any more dangerous than that job up yonder''but noth"ngEs come
of "t%C
CThatEs d"fferent% Away up the r"ver so, and not another house about%
ETwonEt ever be known that we tr"ed, anyway, ong as we d"dnEt succeed%C
C=e, whatEs more dangerous than com"ng here "n the dayt"meD''anybody
woud susp"c"on us that saw us%C
C8 know that% But there warnEt any other pace as handy after that
foo of a job% 8 want to Bu"t th"s shanty% 8 wanted to yesterday, ony
"t warnEt any use try"ng to st"r out of here, w"th those "nferna boys
pay"ng over there on the h" r"ght "n fu v"ew%C
CThose "nferna boysC Buaked aga"n under the "nsp"rat"on of th"s
remark, and thought how ucky "t was that they had remembered "t was
6r"day and concuded to wa"t a day% They w"shed "n the"r hearts they
had wa"ted a year%
The two men got out some food and made a uncheon% After a ong and
thoughtfu s"ence, 8njun 9oe sa"d)
C(ook here, ad''you go back up the r"ver where you beong% =a"t there
t" you hear from me% 8E take the chances on dropp"ng "nto th"s town
just once more, for a ook% =eE do that EdangerousE job after 8Eve
sp"ed around a "tte and th"nk th"ngs ook we for "t% Then for
TeAasD =eE eg "t togetherDC
Th"s was sat"sfactory% Both men presenty fe to yawn"ng, and 8njun
9oe sa"d)
C8Em dead for seepD 8tEs your turn to watch%C
7e cured down "n the weeds and soon began to snore% 7"s comrade
st"rred h"m once or tw"ce and he became Bu"et% Presenty the watcher
began to nod@ h"s head drooped ower and ower, both men began to snore
The boys drew a ong, gratefu breath% Tom wh"spered)
C;owEs our chance''comeDC
7uck sa"d)
C8 canEt''8Ed d"e "f they was to wake%C
Tom urged''7uck hed back% At ast Tom rose sowy and softy, and
started aone% But the f"rst step he made wrung such a h"deous creak
from the cra>y foor that he sank down amost dead w"th fr"ght% 7e
never made a second attempt% The boys ay there count"ng the dragg"ng
moments t" "t seemed to them that t"me must be done and etern"ty
grow"ng gray@ and then they were gratefu to note that at ast the sun
was sett"ng%
;ow one snore ceased% 8njun 9oe sat up, stared around''sm"ed gr"my
upon h"s comrade, whose head was droop"ng upon h"s knees''st"rred h"m
up w"th h"s foot and sa"d)
C7ereD &5:E*E a watchman, a"nEt youD A r"ght, though''noth"ngEs
C!yD have 8 been aseepFC
C5h, party, party% ;eary t"me for us to be mov"ng, pard% =hatE we
do w"th what "tte swag weEve got eftFC
C8 donEt know''eave "t here as weEve aways done, 8 reckon% ;o use to
take "t away t" we start south% S"A hundred and f"fty "n s"verEs
someth"ng to carry%C
C=e''a r"ght''"t wonEt matter to come here once more%C
C;o''but 8Ed say come "n the n"ght as we used to do''"tEs better%C
C&es) but ook here@ "t may be a good wh"e before 8 get the r"ght
chance at that job@ acc"dents m"ght happen@ Eta"nEt "n such a very good
pace@ weE just reguary bury "t''and bury "t deep%C
CGood "dea,C sa"d the comrade, who waked across the room, knet down,
ra"sed one of the rearward hearth'stones and took out a bag that
j"nged peasanty% 7e subtracted from "t twenty or th"rty doars for
h"msef and as much for 8njun 9oe, and passed the bag to the atter,
who was on h"s knees "n the corner, now, d"gg"ng w"th h"s bow"e'kn"fe%
The boys forgot a the"r fears, a the"r m"ser"es "n an "nstant%
="th goat"ng eyes they watched every movement% (uckD''the spendor of
"t was beyond a "mag"nat"onD S"A hundred doars was money enough to
make haf a do>en boys r"chD 7ere was treasure'hunt"ng under the
happ"est ausp"ces''there woud not be any bothersome uncerta"nty as to
where to d"g% They nudged each other every moment''eoBuent nudges and
eas"y understood, for they s"mpy meant''C5h, but a"nEt you gad ;5=
weEre hereDC
9oeEs kn"fe struck upon someth"ng%
C7eoDC sa"d he%
C=hat "s "tFC sa"d h"s comrade%
C7af'rotten pank''no, "tEs a boA, 8 be"eve% 7ere''bear a hand and
weE see what "tEs here for% ;ever m"nd, 8Eve broke a hoe%C
7e reached h"s hand "n and drew "t out''
C!an, "tEs moneyDC
The two men eAam"ned the handfu of co"ns% They were god% The boys
above were as eAc"ted as themseves, and as de"ghted%
9oeEs comrade sa"d)
C=eE make Bu"ck work of th"s% ThereEs an od rusty p"ck over amongst
the weeds "n the corner the other s"de of the f"repace''8 saw "t a
m"nute ago%C
7e ran and brought the boysE p"ck and shove% 8njun 9oe took the p"ck,
ooked "t over cr"t"cay, shook h"s head, muttered someth"ng to
h"msef, and then began to use "t% The boA was soon unearthed% 8t was
not very arge@ "t was "ron bound and had been very strong before the
sow years had "njured "t% The men contempated the treasure awh"e "n
b"ssfu s"ence%
CPard, thereEs thousands of doars here,C sa"d 8njun 9oe%
CETwas aways sa"d that !urreEs gang used to be around here one
summer,C the stranger observed%
C8 know "t,C sa"d 8njun 9oe@ Cand th"s ooks "ke "t, 8 shoud say%C
C;ow you wonEt need to do that job%C
The haf'breed frowned% Sa"d he)
C&ou donEt know me% (east you donEt know a about that th"ng% ETa"nEt
robbery atogether''"tEs *E?E;GEDC and a w"cked "ght famed "n h"s
eyes% C8E need your hep "n "t% =hen "tEs f"n"shed''then TeAas% Go
home to your ;ance and your k"ds, and stand by t" you hear from me%C
C=e''"f you say so@ whatE we do w"th th"s''bury "t aga"nFC
C&es% /*av"sh"ng de"ght overhead%3 ;5D by the great Sachem, noD
/Profound d"stress overhead%3 8Ed neary forgot% That p"ck had fresh
earth on "tD /The boys were s"ck w"th terror "n a moment%3 =hat
bus"ness has a p"ck and a shove hereF =hat bus"ness w"th fresh earth
on themF =ho brought them here''and where are they goneF 7ave you heard
anybodyF''seen anybodyF =hatD bury "t aga"n and eave them to come and
see the ground d"sturbedF ;ot eAacty''not eAacty% =eE take "t to my
C=hy, of courseD !"ght have thought of that before% &ou mean ;umber
C;o'';umber Two''under the cross% The other pace "s bad''too common%C
CA r"ght% 8tEs neary dark enough to start%C
8njun 9oe got up and went about from w"ndow to w"ndow caut"ousy
peep"ng out% Presenty he sa"d)
C=ho coud have brought those toos hereF +o you reckon they can be
The boysE breath forsook them% 8njun 9oe put h"s hand on h"s kn"fe,
hated a moment, undec"ded, and then turned toward the sta"rway% The
boys thought of the coset, but the"r strength was gone% The steps came
creak"ng up the sta"rs''the "ntoerabe d"stress of the s"tuat"on woke
the str"cken resout"on of the ads''they were about to spr"ng for the
coset, when there was a crash of rotten t"mbers and 8njun 9oe anded
on the ground am"d the debr"s of the ru"ned sta"rway% 7e gathered
h"msef up curs"ng, and h"s comrade sa"d)
C;ow whatEs the use of a thatF 8f "tEs anybody, and theyEre up
there, et them STA& there''who caresF 8f they want to jump down, now,
and get "nto troube, who objectsF 8t w" be dark "n f"fteen m"nutes
''and then et them foow us "f they want to% 8Em w""ng% 8n my
op"n"on, whoever hove those th"ngs "n here caught a s"ght of us and
took us for ghosts or dev"s or someth"ng% 8E bet theyEre runn"ng
9oe grumbed awh"e@ then he agreed w"th h"s fr"end that what day"ght
was eft ought to be econom">ed "n gett"ng th"ngs ready for eav"ng%
Shorty afterward they s"pped out of the house "n the deepen"ng
tw""ght, and moved toward the r"ver w"th the"r prec"ous boA%
Tom and 7uck rose up, weak but vasty re"eved, and stared after them
through the ch"nks between the ogs of the house% 6oowF ;ot they%
They were content to reach ground aga"n w"thout broken necks, and take
the townward track over the h"% They d"d not tak much% They were too
much absorbed "n hat"ng themseves''hat"ng the " uck that made them
take the spade and the p"ck there% But for that, 8njun 9oe never woud
have suspected% 7e woud have h"dden the s"ver w"th the god to wa"t
there t" h"s CrevengeC was sat"sf"ed, and then he woud have had the
m"sfortune to f"nd that money turn up m"ss"ng% B"tter, b"tter uck that
the toos were ever brought thereD
They resoved to keep a ookout for that Span"ard when he shoud come
to town spy"ng out for chances to do h"s revengefu job, and foow h"m
to C;umber Two,C wherever that m"ght be% Then a ghasty thought
occurred to Tom%
C*evengeF =hat "f he means :S, 7uckDC
C5h, donEtDC sa"d 7uck, neary fa"nt"ng%
They taked "t a over, and as they entered town they agreed to
be"eve that he m"ght poss"by mean somebody ese''at east that he
m"ght at east mean nobody but Tom, s"nce ony Tom had test"f"ed%
?ery, very sma comfort "t was to Tom to be aone "n dangerD Company
woud be a papabe "mprovement, he thought%
T7E adventure of the day m"ght"y tormented TomEs dreams that n"ght%
6our t"mes he had h"s hands on that r"ch treasure and four t"mes "t
wasted to noth"ngness "n h"s f"ngers as seep forsook h"m and
wakefuness brought back the hard rea"ty of h"s m"sfortune% As he ay
"n the eary morn"ng reca"ng the "nc"dents of h"s great adventure, he
not"ced that they seemed cur"ousy subdued and far away''somewhat as "f
they had happened "n another word, or "n a t"me ong gone by% Then "t
occurred to h"m that the great adventure "tsef must be a dreamD There
was one very strong argument "n favor of th"s "dea''namey, that the
Buant"ty of co"n he had seen was too vast to be rea% 7e had never seen
as much as f"fty doars "n one mass before, and he was "ke a boys
of h"s age and stat"on "n "fe, "n that he "mag"ned that a references
to ChundredsC and CthousandsC were mere fanc"fu forms of speech, and
that no such sums reay eA"sted "n the word% 7e never had supposed
for a moment that so arge a sum as a hundred doars was to be found
"n actua money "n any oneEs possess"on% 8f h"s not"ons of h"dden
treasure had been anay>ed, they woud have been found to cons"st of a
handfu of rea d"mes and a bushe of vague, spend"d, ungraspabe
But the "nc"dents of h"s adventure grew sens"by sharper and cearer
under the attr"t"on of th"nk"ng them over, and so he presenty found
h"msef ean"ng to the "mpress"on that the th"ng m"ght not have been a
dream, after a% Th"s uncerta"nty must be swept away% 7e woud snatch
a hurr"ed breakfast and go and f"nd 7uck% 7uck was s"tt"ng on the
gunwae of a fatboat, "stessy dang"ng h"s feet "n the water and
ook"ng very meanchoy% Tom concuded to et 7uck ead up to the
subject% 8f he d"d not do "t, then the adventure woud be proved to
have been ony a dream%
C7eo, 7uckDC
C7eo, yoursef%C
S"ence, for a m"nute%
CTom, "f weEd EaE eft the bame toos at the dead tree, weEd EaE got
the money% 5h, a"nEt "t awfuDC
CETa"nEt a dream, then, Eta"nEt a dreamD Somehow 8 most w"sh "t was%
+ogEd "f 8 donEt, 7uck%C
C=hat a"nEt a dreamFC
C5h, that th"ng yesterday% 8 been haf th"nk"ng "t was%C
C+reamD 8f them sta"rs hadnEt broke down youEd EaE seen how much dream
"t wasD 8Eve had dreams enough a n"ght''w"th that patch'eyed Span"sh
dev" go"ng for me a through Eem''rot h"mDC
C;o, not rot h"m% 68;+ h"mD Track the moneyDC
CTom, weE never f"nd h"m% A feer donEt have ony one chance for
such a p"e''and that oneEs ost% 8Ed fee m"ghty shaky "f 8 was to see
h"m, anyway%C
C=e, soEd 8@ but 8Ed "ke to see h"m, anyway''and track h"m out''to
h"s ;umber Two%C
C;umber Two''yes, thatEs "t% 8 been th"nk"ng Ebout that% But 8 canEt
make noth"ng out of "t% =hat do you reckon "t "sFC
C8 dono% 8tEs too deep% Say, 7uck''maybe "tEs the number of a houseDC
CGoodyD%%% ;o, Tom, that a"nEt "t% 8f "t "s, "t a"nEt "n th"s
one'horse town% They a"nEt no numbers here%C
C=e, thatEs so% (emme th"nk a m"nute% 7ere''"tEs the number of a
room''"n a tavern, you knowDC
C5h, thatEs the tr"ckD They a"nEt ony two taverns% =e can f"nd out
C&ou stay here, 7uck, t" 8 come%C
Tom was off at once% 7e d"d not care to have 7uckEs company "n pub"c
paces% 7e was gone haf an hour% 7e found that "n the best tavern, ;o%
, had ong been occup"ed by a young awyer, and was st" so occup"ed%
8n the ess ostentat"ous house, ;o% , was a mystery% The
tavern'keeperEs young son sa"d "t was kept ocked a the t"me, and he
never saw anybody go "nto "t or come out of "t eAcept at n"ght@ he d"d
not know any part"cuar reason for th"s state of th"ngs@ had had some
"tte cur"os"ty, but "t was rather feebe@ had made the most of the
mystery by enterta"n"ng h"msef w"th the "dea that that room was
ChaEntedC@ had not"ced that there was a "ght "n there the n"ght before%
CThatEs what 8Eve found out, 7uck% 8 reckon thatEs the very ;o% ,
weEre after%C
C8 reckon "t "s, Tom% ;ow what you go"ng to doFC
C(emme th"nk%C
Tom thought a ong t"me% Then he sa"d)
C8E te you% The back door of that ;o% , "s the door that comes out
"nto that "tte cose aey between the tavern and the od ratte trap
of a br"ck store% ;ow you get hod of a the door'keys you can f"nd,
and 8E n"p a of aunt"eEs, and the f"rst dark n"ght weE go there
and try Eem% And m"nd you, keep a ookout for 8njun 9oe, because he
sa"d he was go"ng to drop "nto town and spy around once more for a
chance to get h"s revenge% 8f you see h"m, you just foow h"m@ and "f
he donEt go to that ;o% ,, that a"nEt the pace%C
C(ordy, 8 donEt want to foer h"m by mysefDC
C=hy, "tE be n"ght, sure% 7e m"ghtnEt ever see you''and "f he d"d,
maybe heEd never th"nk anyth"ng%C
C=e, "f "tEs pretty dark 8 reckon 8E track h"m% 8 dono''8 dono%
8E try%C
C&ou bet 8E foow h"m, "f "tEs dark, 7uck% =hy, he m"ght EaE found
out he coudnEt get h"s revenge, and be go"ng r"ght after that money%C
C8tEs so, Tom, "tEs so% 8E foer h"m@ 8 w", by j"ngoesDC
C;ow youEre TA(<8;GD +onEt you ever weaken, 7uck, and 8 wonEt%C
C7APTE* GG?888
T7AT n"ght Tom and 7uck were ready for the"r adventure% They hung
about the ne"ghborhood of the tavern unt" after n"ne, one watch"ng the
aey at a d"stance and the other the tavern door% ;obody entered the
aey or eft "t@ nobody resemb"ng the Span"ard entered or eft the
tavern door% The n"ght prom"sed to be a fa"r one@ so Tom went home w"th
the understand"ng that "f a cons"derabe degree of darkness came on,
7uck was to come and Cmaow,C whereupon he woud s"p out and try the
keys% But the n"ght rema"ned cear, and 7uck cosed h"s watch and
ret"red to bed "n an empty sugar hogshead about tweve%
Tuesday the boys had the same " uck% Aso =ednesday% But Thursday
n"ght prom"sed better% Tom s"pped out "n good season w"th h"s auntEs
od t"n antern, and a arge towe to b"ndfod "t w"th% 7e h"d the
antern "n 7uckEs sugar hogshead and the watch began% An hour before
m"dn"ght the tavern cosed up and "ts "ghts #the ony ones
thereabouts$ were put out% ;o Span"ard had been seen% ;obody had
entered or eft the aey% Everyth"ng was ausp"c"ous% The backness of
darkness re"gned, the perfect st"ness was "nterrupted ony by
occas"ona mutter"ngs of d"stant thunder%
Tom got h"s antern, "t "t "n the hogshead, wrapped "t cosey "n the
towe, and the two adventurers crept "n the goom toward the tavern%
7uck stood sentry and Tom fet h"s way "nto the aey% Then there was a
season of wa"t"ng anA"ety that we"ghed upon 7uckEs sp"r"ts "ke a
mounta"n% 7e began to w"sh he coud see a fash from the antern''"t
woud fr"ghten h"m, but "t woud at east te h"m that Tom was a"ve
yet% 8t seemed hours s"nce Tom had d"sappeared% Surey he must have
fa"nted@ maybe he was dead@ maybe h"s heart had burst under terror and
eAc"tement% 8n h"s uneas"ness 7uck found h"msef draw"ng coser and
coser to the aey@ fear"ng a sorts of dreadfu th"ngs, and
momentar"y eApect"ng some catastrophe to happen that woud take away
h"s breath% There was not much to take away, for he seemed ony abe to
"nhae "t by th"mbefus, and h"s heart woud soon wear "tsef out, the
way "t was beat"ng% Suddeny there was a fash of "ght and Tom came
tear"ng by h"m) C*unDC sa"d he@ Crun, for your "feDC
7e neednEt have repeated "t@ once was enough@ 7uck was mak"ng th"rty
or forty m"es an hour before the repet"t"on was uttered% The boys
never stopped t" they reached the shed of a deserted saughter'house
at the ower end of the v"age% 9ust as they got w"th"n "ts sheter
the storm burst and the ra"n poured down% As soon as Tom got h"s breath
he sa"d)
C7uck, "t was awfuD 8 tr"ed two of the keys, just as soft as 8 coud@
but they seemed to make such a power of racket that 8 coudnEt hardy
get my breath 8 was so scared% They woudnEt turn "n the ock, e"ther%
=e, w"thout not"c"ng what 8 was do"ng, 8 took hod of the knob, and
open comes the doorD 8t warnEt ockedD 8 hopped "n, and shook off the
towe, and, G*EAT CAESA*ES G75STDC
C=hatD''whatEd you see, TomFC
C7uck, 8 most stepped onto 8njun 9oeEs handDC
C&esD 7e was y"ng there, sound aseep on the foor, w"th h"s od
patch on h"s eye and h"s arms spread out%C
C(ordy, what d"d you doF +"d he wake upFC
C;o, never budged% +runk, 8 reckon% 8 just grabbed that towe and
C8Ed never EaE thought of the towe, 8 betDC
C=e, 8 woud% !y aunt woud make me m"ghty s"ck "f 8 ost "t%C
CSay, Tom, d"d you see that boAFC
C7uck, 8 d"dnEt wa"t to ook around% 8 d"dnEt see the boA, 8 d"dnEt
see the cross% 8 d"dnEt see anyth"ng but a botte and a t"n cup on the
foor by 8njun 9oe@ yes, 8 saw two barres and ots more bottes "n the
room% +onEt you see, now, whatEs the matter w"th that haEnted roomFC
C=hy, "tEs haEnted w"th wh"skeyD !aybe A(( the Temperance Taverns have
got a haEnted room, hey, 7uckFC
C=e, 8 reckon maybe thatEs so% =hoEd EaE thought such a th"ngF But
say, Tom, nowEs a m"ghty good t"me to get that boA, "f 8njun 9oeEs
C8t "s, thatD &ou try "tDC
7uck shuddered%
C=e, no''8 reckon not%C
CAnd 8 reckon not, 7uck% 5ny one botte aongs"de of 8njun 9oe a"nEt
enough% 8f thereEd been three, heEd be drunk enough and 8Ed do "t%C
There was a ong pause for refect"on, and then Tom sa"d)
C(ookyhere, 7uck, ess not try that th"ng any more t" we know 8njun
9oeEs not "n there% 8tEs too scary% ;ow, "f we watch every n"ght, weE
be dead sure to see h"m go out, some t"me or other, and then weE
snatch that boA Bu"ckerEn "ghtn"ng%C
C=e, 8Em agreed% 8E watch the whoe n"ght ong, and 8E do "t
every n"ght, too, "f youE do the other part of the job%C
CA r"ght, 8 w"% A you got to do "s to trot up 7ooper Street a
bock and maow''and "f 8Em aseep, you throw some grave at the w"ndow
and thatE fetch me%C
CAgreed, and good as wheatDC
C;ow, 7uck, the stormEs over, and 8E go home% 8tE beg"n to be
day"ght "n a coupe of hours% &ou go back and watch that ong, w"
C8 sa"d 8 woud, Tom, and 8 w"% 8E haEnt that tavern every n"ght
for a yearD 8E seep a day and 8E stand watch a n"ght%C
CThatEs a r"ght% ;ow, where you go"ng to seepFC
C8n Ben *ogersE hayoft% 7e ets me, and so does h"s papEs n"gger man,
:nce 9ake% 8 tote water for :nce 9ake whenever he wants me to, and
any t"me 8 ask h"m he g"ves me a "tte someth"ng to eat "f he can
spare "t% ThatEs a m"ghty good n"gger, Tom% 7e "kes me, becu> 8 donEt
ever act as "f 8 was above h"m% Somet"me 8Eve set r"ght down and eat
=8T7 h"m% But you neednEt te that% A bodyEs got to do th"ngs when
heEs awfu hungry he woudnEt want to do as a steady th"ng%C
C=e, "f 8 donEt want you "n the dayt"me, 8E et you seep% 8 wonEt
come bother"ng around% Any t"me you see someth"ngEs up, "n the n"ght,
just sk"p r"ght around and maow%C
T7E f"rst th"ng Tom heard on 6r"day morn"ng was a gad p"ece of news
''9udge ThatcherEs fam"y had come back to town the n"ght before% Both
8njun 9oe and the treasure sunk "nto secondary "mportance for a moment,
and Becky took the ch"ef pace "n the boyEs "nterest% 7e saw her and
they had an eAhaust"ng good t"me pay"ng Ch"'spyC and Cguy'keeperC
w"th a crowd of the"r schoo'mates% The day was competed and crowned
"n a pecu"ary sat"sfactory way) Becky teased her mother to appo"nt
the neAt day for the ong'prom"sed and ong'deayed p"cn"c, and she
consented% The ch"dEs de"ght was boundess@ and TomEs not more
moderate% The "nv"tat"ons were sent out before sunset, and stra"ghtway
the young foks of the v"age were thrown "nto a fever of preparat"on
and peasurabe ant"c"pat"on% TomEs eAc"tement enabed h"m to keep
awake unt" a pretty ate hour, and he had good hopes of hear"ng 7uckEs
Cmaow,C and of hav"ng h"s treasure to aston"sh Becky and the p"cn"ckers
w"th, neAt day@ but he was d"sappo"nted% ;o s"gna came that n"ght%
!orn"ng came, eventuay, and by ten or eeven oEcock a g"ddy and
ro"ck"ng company were gathered at 9udge ThatcherEs, and everyth"ng
was ready for a start% 8t was not the custom for edery peope to mar
the p"cn"cs w"th the"r presence% The ch"dren were cons"dered safe
enough under the w"ngs of a few young ad"es of e"ghteen and a few
young gentemen of twenty'three or thereabouts% The od steam ferryboat
was chartered for the occas"on@ presenty the gay throng f"ed up the
ma"n street aden w"th prov"s"on'baskets% S"d was s"ck and had to m"ss
the fun@ !ary rema"ned at home to enterta"n h"m% The ast th"ng !rs%
Thatcher sa"d to Becky, was)
C&ouE not get back t" ate% Perhaps youEd better stay a n"ght
w"th some of the g"rs that "ve near the ferry'and"ng, ch"d%C
CThen 8E stay w"th Susy 7arper, mamma%C
C?ery we% And m"nd and behave yoursef and donEt be any troube%C
Presenty, as they tr"pped aong, Tom sa"d to Becky)
CSay''8E te you what weE do% EStead of go"ng to 9oe 7arperEs
weE c"mb r"ght up the h" and stop at the ="dow +ougasE% SheE
have "ce'creamD She has "t most every day''dead oads of "t% And sheE
be awfu gad to have us%C
C5h, that w" be funDC
Then Becky refected a moment and sa"d)
CBut what w" mamma sayFC
C7owE she ever knowFC
The g"r turned the "dea over "n her m"nd, and sa"d reuctanty)
C8 reckon "tEs wrong''but''C
CBut shucksD &our mother wonEt know, and so whatEs the harmF A she
wants "s that youE be safe@ and 8 bet you sheEd EaE sa"d go there "f
sheEd EaE thought of "t% 8 know she woudDC
The ="dow +ougasE spend"d hosp"ta"ty was a tempt"ng ba"t% 8t and
TomEs persuas"ons presenty carr"ed the day% So "t was dec"ded to say
noth"ng anybody about the n"ghtEs programme% Presenty "t occurred to
Tom that maybe 7uck m"ght come th"s very n"ght and g"ve the s"gna% The
thought took a dea of the sp"r"t out of h"s ant"c"pat"ons% St" he
coud not bear to g"ve up the fun at ="dow +ougasE% And why shoud he
g"ve "t up, he reasoned''the s"gna d"d not come the n"ght before, so
why shoud "t be any more "key to come to'n"ghtF The sure fun of the
even"ng outwe"ghed the uncerta"n treasure@ and, boy'"ke, he determ"ned
to y"ed to the stronger "nc"nat"on and not aow h"msef to th"nk of
the boA of money another t"me that day%
Three m"es beow town the ferryboat stopped at the mouth of a woody
hoow and t"ed up% The crowd swarmed ashore and soon the forest
d"stances and craggy he"ghts echoed far and near w"th shout"ngs and
aughter% A the d"fferent ways of gett"ng hot and t"red were gone
through w"th, and by'and'by the rovers stragged back to camp fort"f"ed
w"th respons"be appet"tes, and then the destruct"on of the good th"ngs
began% After the feast there was a refresh"ng season of rest and chat
"n the shade of spread"ng oaks% By'and'by somebody shouted)
C=hoEs ready for the caveFC
Everybody was% Bundes of candes were procured, and stra"ghtway there
was a genera scamper up the h"% The mouth of the cave was up the
h"s"de''an open"ng shaped "ke a etter A% 8ts mass"ve oaken door
stood unbarred% ="th"n was a sma chamber, ch"y as an "ce'house, and
waed by ;ature w"th so"d "mestone that was dewy w"th a cod sweat%
8t was romant"c and myster"ous to stand here "n the deep goom and ook
out upon the green vaey sh"n"ng "n the sun% But the "mpress"veness of
the s"tuat"on Bu"cky wore off, and the romp"ng began aga"n% The moment
a cande was "ghted there was a genera rush upon the owner of "t@ a
strugge and a gaant defence foowed, but the cande was soon
knocked down or bown out, and then there was a gad camor of aughter
and a new chase% But a th"ngs have an end% By'and'by the process"on
went f""ng down the steep descent of the ma"n avenue, the f"cker"ng
rank of "ghts d"my revea"ng the ofty was of rock amost to the"r
po"nt of junct"on s"Aty feet overhead% Th"s ma"n avenue was not more
than e"ght or ten feet w"de% Every few steps other ofty and st"
narrower crev"ces branched from "t on e"ther hand''for !c+ougaEs cave
was but a vast abyr"nth of crooked a"ses that ran "nto each other and
out aga"n and ed nowhere% 8t was sa"d that one m"ght wander days and
n"ghts together through "ts "ntr"cate tange of r"fts and chasms, and
never f"nd the end of the cave@ and that he m"ght go down, and down,
and st" down, "nto the earth, and "t was just the same''abyr"nth
under abyr"nth, and no end to any of them% ;o man CknewC the cave%
That was an "mposs"be th"ng% !ost of the young men knew a port"on of
"t, and "t was not customary to venture much beyond th"s known port"on%
Tom Sawyer knew as much of the cave as any one%
The process"on moved aong the ma"n avenue some three'Buarters of a
m"e, and then groups and coupes began to s"p as"de "nto branch
avenues, fy aong the d"sma corr"dors, and take each other by
surpr"se at po"nts where the corr"dors jo"ned aga"n% Part"es were abe
to eude each other for the space of haf an hour w"thout go"ng beyond
the CknownC ground%
By'and'by, one group after another came stragg"ng back to the mouth
of the cave, pant"ng, h"ar"ous, smeared from head to foot w"th taow
dr"pp"ngs, daubed w"th cay, and ent"rey de"ghted w"th the success of
the day% Then they were aston"shed to f"nd that they had been tak"ng no
note of t"me and that n"ght was about at hand% The cang"ng be had
been ca"ng for haf an hour% 7owever, th"s sort of cose to the dayEs
adventures was romant"c and therefore sat"sfactory% =hen the ferryboat
w"th her w"d fre"ght pushed "nto the stream, nobody cared s"Apence for
the wasted t"me but the capta"n of the craft%
7uck was aready upon h"s watch when the ferryboatEs "ghts went
g"nt"ng past the wharf% 7e heard no no"se on board, for the young
peope were as subdued and st" as peope usuay are who are neary
t"red to death% 7e wondered what boat "t was, and why she d"d not stop
at the wharf''and then he dropped her out of h"s m"nd and put h"s
attent"on upon h"s bus"ness% The n"ght was grow"ng coudy and dark% Ten
oEcock came, and the no"se of veh"ces ceased, scattered "ghts began
to w"nk out, a stragg"ng foot'passengers d"sappeared, the v"age
betook "tsef to "ts sumbers and eft the sma watcher aone w"th the
s"ence and the ghosts% Eeven oEcock came, and the tavern "ghts were
put out@ darkness everywhere, now% 7uck wa"ted what seemed a weary ong
t"me, but noth"ng happened% 7"s fa"th was weaken"ng% =as there any useF
=as there reay any useF =hy not g"ve "t up and turn "nF
A no"se fe upon h"s ear% 7e was a attent"on "n an "nstant% The
aey door cosed softy% 7e sprang to the corner of the br"ck store%
The neAt moment two men brushed by h"m, and one seemed to have
someth"ng under h"s arm% 8t must be that boAD So they were go"ng to
remove the treasure% =hy ca Tom nowF 8t woud be absurd''the men
woud get away w"th the boA and never be found aga"n% ;o, he woud
st"ck to the"r wake and foow them@ he woud trust to the darkness for
secur"ty from d"scovery% So commun"ng w"th h"msef, 7uck stepped out
and g"ded aong beh"nd the men, cat'"ke, w"th bare feet, aow"ng
them to keep just far enough ahead not to be "nv"s"be%
They moved up the r"ver street three bocks, then turned to the eft
up a cross'street% They went stra"ght ahead, then, unt" they came to
the path that ed up Card"ff 7"@ th"s they took% They passed by the
od =eshmanEs house, haf'way up the h", w"thout hes"tat"ng, and
st" c"mbed upward% Good, thought 7uck, they w" bury "t "n the od
Buarry% But they never stopped at the Buarry% They passed on, up the
summ"t% They punged "nto the narrow path between the ta sumach
bushes, and were at once h"dden "n the goom% 7uck cosed up and
shortened h"s d"stance, now, for they woud never be abe to see h"m%
7e trotted aong awh"e@ then sackened h"s pace, fear"ng he was
ga"n"ng too fast@ moved on a p"ece, then stopped atogether@ "stened@
no sound@ none, save that he seemed to hear the beat"ng of h"s own
heart% The hoot"ng of an ow came over the h"''om"nous soundD But no
footsteps% 7eavens, was everyth"ng ostD 7e was about to spr"ng w"th
w"nged feet, when a man ceared h"s throat not four feet from h"mD
7uckEs heart shot "nto h"s throat, but he swaowed "t aga"n@ and then
he stood there shak"ng as "f a do>en agues had taken charge of h"m at
once, and so weak that he thought he must surey fa to the ground% 7e
knew where he was% 7e knew he was w"th"n f"ve steps of the st"e
ead"ng "nto ="dow +ougasE grounds% ?ery we, he thought, et them
bury "t there@ "t wonEt be hard to f"nd%
;ow there was a vo"ce''a very ow vo"ce''8njun 9oeEs)
C+amn her, maybe sheEs got company''thereEs "ghts, ate as "t "s%C
C8 canEt see any%C
Th"s was that strangerEs vo"ce''the stranger of the haunted house% A
deady ch" went to 7uckEs heart''th"s, then, was the CrevengeC jobD
7"s thought was, to fy% Then he remembered that the ="dow +ougas had
been k"nd to h"m more than once, and maybe these men were go"ng to
murder her% 7e w"shed he dared venture to warn her@ but he knew he
d"dnEt dare''they m"ght come and catch h"m% 7e thought a th"s and
more "n the moment that eapsed between the strangerEs remark and 8njun
9oeEs neAt''wh"ch was''
CBecause the bush "s "n your way% ;ow''th"s way''now you see, donEt
C&es% =e, there 8S company there, 8 reckon% Better g"ve "t up%C
CG"ve "t up, and 8 just eav"ng th"s country foreverD G"ve "t up and
maybe never have another chance% 8 te you aga"n, as 8Eve tod you
before, 8 donEt care for her swag''you may have "t% But her husband was
rough on me''many t"mes he was rough on me''and ma"ny he was the
just"ce of the peace that jugged me for a vagrant% And that a"nEt a%
8t a"nEt a m""onth part of "tD 7e had me 75*SE=78PPE+D''horsewh"pped
"n front of the ja", "ke a n"ggerD''w"th a the town ook"ng onD
75*SE=78PPE+D''do you understandF 7e took advantage of me and d"ed% But
8E take "t out of 7E*%C
C5h, donEt k" herD +onEt do thatDC
C<"F =ho sa"d anyth"ng about k""ngF 8 woud k" 78! "f he was
here@ but not her% =hen you want to get revenge on a woman you donEt
k" her''boshD you go for her ooks% &ou s"t her nostr"s''you notch
her ears "ke a sowDC
CBy God, thatEs''C
C<eep your op"n"on to yoursefD 8t w" be safest for you% 8E t"e
her to the bed% 8f she beeds to death, "s that my fautF 8E not cry,
"f she does% !y fr"end, youE hep me "n th"s th"ng''for !& sake
''thatEs why youEre here''8 m"ghtnEt be abe aone% 8f you f"nch, 8E
k" you% +o you understand thatF And "f 8 have to k" you, 8E k"
her''and then 8 reckon nobodyE ever know much about who done th"s
C=e, "f "tEs got to be done, etEs get at "t% The Bu"cker the
better''8Em a "n a sh"ver%C
C+o "t ;5=F And company thereF (ook here''8E get susp"c"ous of you,
f"rst th"ng you know% ;o''weE wa"t t" the "ghts are out''thereEs
no hurry%C
7uck fet that a s"ence was go"ng to ensue''a th"ng st" more awfu
than any amount of murderous tak@ so he hed h"s breath and stepped
g"ngery back@ panted h"s foot carefuy and f"rmy, after baanc"ng,
one'egged, "n a precar"ous way and amost topp"ng over, f"rst on one
s"de and then on the other% 7e took another step back, w"th the same
eaborat"on and the same r"sks@ then another and another, and''a tw"g
snapped under h"s footD 7"s breath stopped and he "stened% There was
no sound''the st"ness was perfect% 7"s grat"tude was measureess% ;ow
he turned "n h"s tracks, between the was of sumach bushes''turned
h"msef as carefuy as "f he were a sh"p''and then stepped Bu"cky but
caut"ousy aong% =hen he emerged at the Buarry he fet secure, and so
he p"cked up h"s n"mbe hees and few% +own, down he sped, t" he
reached the =eshmanEs% 7e banged at the door, and presenty the heads
of the od man and h"s two stawart sons were thrust from w"ndows%
C=hatEs the row thereF =hoEs bang"ngF =hat do you wantFC
C(et me "n''Bu"ckD 8E te everyth"ng%C
C=hy, who are youFC
C7uckeberry 6"nn''Bu"ck, et me "nDC
C7uckeberry 6"nn, "ndeedD 8t a"nEt a name to open many doors, 8
judgeD But et h"m "n, ads, and etEs see whatEs the troube%C
CPease donEt ever te 8 tod you,C were 7uckEs f"rst words when he
got "n% CPease donEt''8Ed be k"ed, sure''but the w"dowEs been good
fr"ends to me somet"mes, and 8 want to te''8 =8(( te "f youE
prom"se you wonEt ever say "t was me%C
CBy George, he 7AS got someth"ng to te, or he woudnEt act soDC
eAca"med the od man@ Cout w"th "t and nobody hereE ever te, ad%C
Three m"nutes ater the od man and h"s sons, we armed, were up the
h", and just enter"ng the sumach path on t"ptoe, the"r weapons "n
the"r hands% 7uck accompan"ed them no further% 7e h"d beh"nd a great
bowder and fe to "sten"ng% There was a agg"ng, anA"ous s"ence,
and then a of a sudden there was an eApos"on of f"rearms and a cry%
7uck wa"ted for no part"cuars% 7e sprang away and sped down the h"
as fast as h"s egs coud carry h"m%
AS the ear"est susp"c"on of dawn appeared on Sunday morn"ng, 7uck
came grop"ng up the h" and rapped genty at the od =eshmanEs door%
The "nmates were aseep, but "t was a seep that was set on a
ha"r'tr"gger, on account of the eAc"t"ng ep"sode of the n"ght% A ca
came from a w"ndow)
C=hoEs thereDC
7uckEs scared vo"ce answered "n a ow tone)
CPease et me "nD 8tEs ony 7uck 6"nnDC
C8tEs a name that can open th"s door n"ght or day, adD''and wecomeDC
These were strange words to the vagabond boyEs ears, and the
peasantest he had ever heard% 7e coud not recoect that the cos"ng
word had ever been app"ed "n h"s case before% The door was Bu"cky
unocked, and he entered% 7uck was g"ven a seat and the od man and h"s
brace of ta sons speed"y dressed themseves%
C;ow, my boy, 8 hope youEre good and hungry, because breakfast w" be
ready as soon as the sunEs up, and weE have a p"p"ng hot one, too
''make yoursef easy about thatD 8 and the boys hoped youEd turn up and
stop here ast n"ght%C
C8 was awfu scared,C sa"d 7uck, Cand 8 run% 8 took out when the
p"stos went off, and 8 d"dnEt stop for three m"e% 8Eve come now becu>
8 wanted to know about "t, you know@ and 8 come before day"ght becu> 8
d"dnEt want to run across them dev"s, even "f they was dead%C
C=e, poor chap, you do ook as "f youEd had a hard n"ght of "t''but
thereEs a bed here for you when youEve had your breakfast% ;o, they
a"nEt dead, ad''we are sorry enough for that% &ou see we knew r"ght
where to put our hands on them, by your descr"pt"on@ so we crept aong
on t"ptoe t" we got w"th"n f"fteen feet of them''dark as a cear
that sumach path was''and just then 8 found 8 was go"ng to snee>e% 8t
was the meanest k"nd of uckD 8 tr"ed to keep "t back, but no use
''Etwas bound to come, and "t d"d comeD 8 was "n the ead w"th my p"sto
ra"sed, and when the snee>e started those scoundres a'rust"ng to get
out of the path, 8 sung out, E6"re boysDE and ba>ed away at the pace
where the rust"ng was% So d"d the boys% But they were off "n a j"ffy,
those v"a"ns, and we after them, down through the woods% 8 judge we
never touched them% They f"red a shot ap"ece as they started, but the"r
buets wh">>ed by and d"dnEt do us any harm% As soon as we ost the
sound of the"r feet we Bu"t chas"ng, and went down and st"rred up the
constabes% They got a posse together, and went off to guard the r"ver
bank, and as soon as "t "s "ght the sher"ff and a gang are go"ng to
beat up the woods% !y boys w" be w"th them presenty% 8 w"sh we had
some sort of descr"pt"on of those rascas''Etwoud hep a good dea%
But you coudnEt see what they were "ke, "n the dark, ad, 8 supposeFC
C5h yes@ 8 saw them down'town and foered them%C
CSpend"dD +escr"be them''descr"be them, my boyDC
C5neEs the od deaf and dumb Span"ard thatEs ben around here once or
tw"ce, and tEotherEs a mean'ook"ng, ragged''C
CThatEs enough, ad, we know the menD 7appened on them "n the woods
back of the w"dowEs one day, and they sunk away% 5ff w"th you, boys,
and te the sher"ff''get your breakfast to'morrow morn"ngDC
The =eshmanEs sons departed at once% As they were eav"ng the room
7uck sprang up and eAca"med)
C5h, pease donEt te A;&body "t was me that bowed on themD 5h,
CA r"ght "f you say "t, 7uck, but you ought to have the cred"t of
what you d"d%C
C5h no, noD Pease donEt teDC
=hen the young men were gone, the od =eshman sa"d)
CThey wonEt te''and 8 wonEt% But why donEt you want "t knownFC
7uck woud not eApa"n, further than to say that he aready knew too
much about one of those men and woud not have the man know that he
knew anyth"ng aga"nst h"m for the whoe word''he woud be k"ed for
know"ng "t, sure%
The od man prom"sed secrecy once more, and sa"d)
C7ow d"d you come to foow these feows, adF =ere they ook"ng
7uck was s"ent wh"e he framed a duy caut"ous repy% Then he sa"d)
C=e, you see, 8Em a k"nd of a hard ot,''east everybody says so,
and 8 donEt see noth"ng ag"n "t''and somet"mes 8 canEt seep much, on
account of th"nk"ng about "t and sort of try"ng to str"ke out a new way
of do"ng% That was the way of "t ast n"ght% 8 coudnEt seep, and so 8
come aong up'street Ebout m"dn"ght, a'turn"ng "t a over, and when 8
got to that od shacky br"ck store by the Temperance Tavern, 8 backed
up ag"n the wa to have another th"nk% =e, just then aong comes
these two chaps s"pp"ng aong cose by me, w"th someth"ng under the"r
arm, and 8 reckoned theyEd stoe "t% 5ne was a'smok"ng, and tEother one
wanted a "ght@ so they stopped r"ght before me and the c"gars "t up
the"r faces and 8 see that the b"g one was the deaf and dumb Span"ard,
by h"s wh"te wh"skers and the patch on h"s eye, and tEother one was a
rusty, ragged'ook"ng dev"%C
CCoud you see the rags by the "ght of the c"garsFC
Th"s staggered 7uck for a moment% Then he sa"d)
C=e, 8 donEt know''but somehow "t seems as "f 8 d"d%C
CThen they went on, and you''C
C6oered Eem''yes% That was "t% 8 wanted to see what was up''they
sneaked aong so% 8 dogged Eem to the w"dderEs st"e, and stood "n the
dark and heard the ragged one beg for the w"dder, and the Span"ard
swear heEd sp"e her ooks just as 8 tod you and your two''C
C=hatD The +EA6 A;+ +:!B man sa"d a thatDC
7uck had made another terr"be m"stakeD 7e was try"ng h"s best to keep
the od man from gett"ng the fa"ntest h"nt of who the Span"ard m"ght
be, and yet h"s tongue seemed determ"ned to get h"m "nto troube "n
sp"te of a he coud do% 7e made severa efforts to creep out of h"s
scrape, but the od manEs eye was upon h"m and he made bunder after
bunder% Presenty the =eshman sa"d)
C!y boy, donEt be afra"d of me% 8 woudnEt hurt a ha"r of your head
for a the word% ;o''8Ed protect you''8Ed protect you% Th"s Span"ard
"s not deaf and dumb@ youEve et that s"p w"thout "ntend"ng "t@ you
canEt cover that up now% &ou know someth"ng about that Span"ard that
you want to keep dark% ;ow trust me''te me what "t "s, and trust me
''8 wonEt betray you%C
7uck ooked "nto the od manEs honest eyes a moment, then bent over
and wh"spered "n h"s ear)
CETa"nEt a Span"ard''"tEs 8njun 9oeDC
The =eshman amost jumped out of h"s cha"r% 8n a moment he sa"d)
C8tEs a pa"n enough, now% =hen you taked about notch"ng ears and
s"tt"ng noses 8 judged that that was your own embe"shment, because
wh"te men donEt take that sort of revenge% But an 8njunD ThatEs a
d"fferent matter atogether%C
+ur"ng breakfast the tak went on, and "n the course of "t the od man
sa"d that the ast th"ng wh"ch he and h"s sons had done, before go"ng
to bed, was to get a antern and eAam"ne the st"e and "ts v"c"n"ty for
marks of bood% They found none, but captured a buky bunde of''
C5f =7ATFC
8f the words had been "ghtn"ng they coud not have eaped w"th a more
stunn"ng suddenness from 7uckEs banched "ps% 7"s eyes were star"ng
w"de, now, and h"s breath suspended''wa"t"ng for the answer% The
=eshman started''stared "n return''three seconds''f"ve seconds''ten
''then rep"ed)
C5f burgarEs toos% =hy, whatEs the !ATTE* w"th youFC
7uck sank back, pant"ng genty, but deepy, unutteraby gratefu% The
=eshman eyed h"m gravey, cur"ousy''and presenty sa"d)
C&es, burgarEs toos% That appears to re"eve you a good dea% But
what d"d g"ve you that turnF =hat were &5: eApect"ng weEd foundFC
7uck was "n a cose pace''the "nBu"r"ng eye was upon h"m''he woud
have g"ven anyth"ng for mater"a for a paus"be answer''noth"ng
suggested "tsef''the "nBu"r"ng eye was bor"ng deeper and deeper''a
senseess repy offered''there was no t"me to we"gh "t, so at a venture
he uttered "t''feeby)
CSunday'schoo books, maybe%C
Poor 7uck was too d"stressed to sm"e, but the od man aughed oud
and joyousy, shook up the deta"s of h"s anatomy from head to foot,
and ended by say"ng that such a augh was money "n a'manEs pocket,
because "t cut down the doctorEs b" "ke everyth"ng% Then he added)
CPoor od chap, youEre wh"te and jaded''you a"nEt we a b"t''no
wonder youEre a "tte f"ghty and off your baance% But youE come
out of "t% *est and seep w" fetch you out a r"ght, 8 hope%C
7uck was "rr"tated to th"nk he had been such a goose and betrayed such
a susp"c"ous eAc"tement, for he had dropped the "dea that the parce
brought from the tavern was the treasure, as soon as he had heard the
tak at the w"dowEs st"e% 7e had ony thought "t was not the treasure,
however''he had not known that "t wasnEt''and so the suggest"on of a
captured bunde was too much for h"s sef'possess"on% But on the whoe
he fet gad the "tte ep"sode had happened, for now he knew beyond
a Buest"on that that bunde was not T7E bunde, and so h"s m"nd was
at rest and eAceed"ngy comfortabe% 8n fact, everyth"ng seemed to be
dr"ft"ng just "n the r"ght d"rect"on, now@ the treasure must be st"
"n ;o% ,, the men woud be captured and ja"ed that day, and he and Tom
coud se">e the god that n"ght w"thout any troube or any fear of
9ust as breakfast was competed there was a knock at the door% 7uck
jumped for a h"d"ng'pace, for he had no m"nd to be connected even
remotey w"th the ate event% The =eshman adm"tted severa ad"es and
gentemen, among them the ="dow +ougas, and not"ced that groups of
c"t">ens were c"mb"ng up the h"''to stare at the st"e% So the news
had spread% The =eshman had to te the story of the n"ght to the
v"s"tors% The w"dowEs grat"tude for her preservat"on was outspoken%
C+onEt say a word about "t, madam% ThereEs another that youEre more
behoden to than you are to me and my boys, maybe, but he donEt aow
me to te h"s name% =e woudnEt have been there but for h"m%C
5f course th"s eAc"ted a cur"os"ty so vast that "t amost be"tted
the ma"n matter''but the =eshman aowed "t to eat "nto the v"tas of
h"s v"s"tors, and through them be transm"tted to the whoe town, for he
refused to part w"th h"s secret% =hen a ese had been earned, the
w"dow sa"d)
C8 went to seep read"ng "n bed and sept stra"ght through a that
no"se% =hy d"dnEt you come and wake meFC
C=e judged "t warnEt worth wh"e% Those feows warnEt "key to come
aga"n''they hadnEt any toos eft to work w"th, and what was the use of
wak"ng you up and scar"ng you to deathF !y three negro men stood guard
at your house a the rest of the n"ght% TheyEve just come back%C
!ore v"s"tors came, and the story had to be tod and retod for a
coupe of hours more%
There was no Sabbath'schoo dur"ng day'schoo vacat"on, but everybody
was eary at church% The st"rr"ng event was we canvassed% ;ews came
that not a s"gn of the two v"a"ns had been yet d"scovered% =hen the
sermon was f"n"shed, 9udge ThatcherEs w"fe dropped aongs"de of !rs%
7arper as she moved down the a"se w"th the crowd and sa"d)
C8s my Becky go"ng to seep a dayF 8 just eApected she woud be
t"red to death%C
C&our BeckyFC
C&es,C w"th a started ook''Cd"dnEt she stay w"th you ast n"ghtFC
C=hy, no%C
!rs% Thatcher turned pae, and sank "nto a pew, just as Aunt Poy,
tak"ng br"sky w"th a fr"end, passed by% Aunt Poy sa"d)
CGood'morn"ng, !rs% Thatcher% Good'morn"ng, !rs% 7arper% 8Eve got a
boy thatEs turned up m"ss"ng% 8 reckon my Tom stayed at your house ast
n"ght''one of you% And now heEs afra"d to come to church% 8Eve got to
sette w"th h"m%C
!rs% Thatcher shook her head feeby and turned paer than ever%
C7e d"dnEt stay w"th us,C sa"d !rs% 7arper, beg"nn"ng to ook uneasy%
A marked anA"ety came "nto Aunt PoyEs face%
C9oe 7arper, have you seen my Tom th"s morn"ngFC
C=hen d"d you see h"m astFC
9oe tr"ed to remember, but was not sure he coud say% The peope had
stopped mov"ng out of church% =h"spers passed aong, and a bod"ng
uneas"ness took possess"on of every countenance% Ch"dren were
anA"ousy Buest"oned, and young teachers% They a sa"d they had not
not"ced whether Tom and Becky were on board the ferryboat on the
homeward tr"p@ "t was dark@ no one thought of "nBu"r"ng "f any one was
m"ss"ng% 5ne young man f"nay burted out h"s fear that they were
st" "n the caveD !rs% Thatcher swooned away% Aunt Poy fe to
cry"ng and wr"ng"ng her hands%
The aarm swept from "p to "p, from group to group, from street to
street, and w"th"n f"ve m"nutes the bes were w"dy cang"ng and the
whoe town was upD The Card"ff 7" ep"sode sank "nto "nstant
"ns"gn"f"cance, the burgars were forgotten, horses were sadded,
sk"ffs were manned, the ferryboat ordered out, and before the horror
was haf an hour od, two hundred men were pour"ng down h"ghroad and
r"ver toward the cave%
A the ong afternoon the v"age seemed empty and dead% !any women
v"s"ted Aunt Poy and !rs% Thatcher and tr"ed to comfort them% They
cr"ed w"th them, too, and that was st" better than words% A the
ted"ous n"ght the town wa"ted for news@ but when the morn"ng dawned at
ast, a the word that came was, CSend more candes''and send food%C
!rs% Thatcher was amost cra>ed@ and Aunt Poy, aso% 9udge Thatcher
sent messages of hope and encouragement from the cave, but they
conveyed no rea cheer%
The od =eshman came home toward day"ght, spattered w"th
cande'grease, smeared w"th cay, and amost worn out% 7e found 7uck
st" "n the bed that had been prov"ded for h"m, and de"r"ous w"th
fever% The phys"c"ans were a at the cave, so the ="dow +ougas came
and took charge of the pat"ent% She sa"d she woud do her best by h"m,
because, whether he was good, bad, or "nd"fferent, he was the (ordEs,
and noth"ng that was the (ordEs was a th"ng to be negected% The
=eshman sa"d 7uck had good spots "n h"m, and the w"dow sa"d)
C&ou can depend on "t% ThatEs the (ordEs mark% 7e donEt eave "t off%
7e never does% Puts "t somewhere on every creature that comes from h"s
Eary "n the forenoon part"es of jaded men began to stragge "nto the
v"age, but the strongest of the c"t">ens cont"nued search"ng% A the
news that coud be ga"ned was that remotenesses of the cavern were
be"ng ransacked that had never been v"s"ted before@ that every corner
and crev"ce was go"ng to be thoroughy searched@ that wherever one
wandered through the ma>e of passages, "ghts were to be seen f"tt"ng
h"ther and th"ther "n the d"stance, and shout"ngs and p"sto'shots sent
the"r hoow reverberat"ons to the ear down the sombre a"ses% 8n one
pace, far from the sect"on usuay traversed by tour"sts, the names
CBEC<& I T5!C had been found traced upon the rocky wa w"th
cande'smoke, and near at hand a grease'so"ed b"t of r"bbon% !rs%
Thatcher recogn">ed the r"bbon and cr"ed over "t% She sa"d "t was the
ast re"c she shoud ever have of her ch"d@ and that no other memor"a
of her coud ever be so prec"ous, because th"s one parted atest from
the "v"ng body before the awfu death came% Some sa"d that now and
then, "n the cave, a far'away speck of "ght woud g"mmer, and then a
gor"ous shout woud burst forth and a score of men go troop"ng down the
echo"ng a"se''and then a s"cken"ng d"sappo"ntment aways foowed@ the
ch"dren were not there@ "t was ony a searcherEs "ght%
Three dreadfu days and n"ghts dragged the"r ted"ous hours aong, and
the v"age sank "nto a hopeess stupor% ;o one had heart for anyth"ng%
The acc"denta d"scovery, just made, that the propr"etor of the
Temperance Tavern kept "Buor on h"s prem"ses, scarcey futtered the
pub"c puse, tremendous as the fact was% 8n a uc"d "nterva, 7uck
feeby ed up to the subject of taverns, and f"nay asked''d"my
dread"ng the worst''"f anyth"ng had been d"scovered at the Temperance
Tavern s"nce he had been "%
C&es,C sa"d the w"dow%
7uck started up "n bed, w"d'eyed)
C=hatF =hat was "tFC
C("BuorD''and the pace has been shut up% ("e down, ch"d''what a turn
you d"d g"ve meDC
C5ny te me just one th"ng''ony just one''peaseD =as "t Tom Sawyer
that found "tFC
The w"dow burst "nto tears% C7ush, hush, ch"d, hushD 8Eve tod you
before, you must ;5T tak% &ou are very, very s"ckDC
Then noth"ng but "Buor had been found@ there woud have been a great
powwow "f "t had been the god% So the treasure was gone forever''gone
foreverD But what coud she be cry"ng aboutF Cur"ous that she shoud
These thoughts worked the"r d"m way through 7uckEs m"nd, and under the
wear"ness they gave h"m he fe aseep% The w"dow sa"d to hersef)
CThere''heEs aseep, poor wreck% Tom Sawyer f"nd "tD P"ty but somebody
coud f"nd Tom SawyerD Ah, there a"nEt many eft, now, thatEs got hope
enough, or strength enough, e"ther, to go on search"ng%C
;5= to return to Tom and BeckyEs share "n the p"cn"c% They tr"pped
aong the murky a"ses w"th the rest of the company, v"s"t"ng the
fam""ar wonders of the cave''wonders dubbed w"th rather
over'descr"pt"ve names, such as CThe +raw"ng'*oom,C CThe Cathedra,C
CAadd"nEs Paace,C and so on% Presenty the h"de'and'seek fro"ck"ng
began, and Tom and Becky engaged "n "t w"th >ea unt" the eAert"on
began to grow a tr"fe wear"some@ then they wandered down a s"nuous
avenue hod"ng the"r candes aoft and read"ng the tanged web'work of
names, dates, post'off"ce addresses, and mottoes w"th wh"ch the rocky
was had been frescoed #"n cande'smoke$% St" dr"ft"ng aong and
tak"ng, they scarcey not"ced that they were now "n a part of the cave
whose was were not frescoed% They smoked the"r own names under an
overhang"ng shef and moved on% Presenty they came to a pace where a
"tte stream of water, tr"ck"ng over a edge and carry"ng a "mestone
sed"ment w"th "t, had, "n the sow'dragg"ng ages, formed a aced and
ruffed ;"agara "n geam"ng and "mper"shabe stone% Tom sBuee>ed h"s
sma body beh"nd "t "n order to "um"nate "t for BeckyEs
grat"f"cat"on% 7e found that "t curta"ned a sort of steep natura
sta"rway wh"ch was encosed between narrow was, and at once the
amb"t"on to be a d"scoverer se">ed h"m% Becky responded to h"s ca,
and they made a smoke'mark for future gu"dance, and started upon the"r
Buest% They wound th"s way and that, far down "nto the secret depths of
the cave, made another mark, and branched off "n search of novet"es to
te the upper word about% 8n one pace they found a spac"ous cavern,
from whose ce""ng depended a mut"tude of sh"n"ng staact"tes of the
ength and c"rcumference of a manEs eg@ they waked a about "t,
wonder"ng and adm"r"ng, and presenty eft "t by one of the numerous
passages that opened "nto "t% Th"s shorty brought them to a bew"tch"ng
spr"ng, whose bas"n was "ncrusted w"th a frostwork of g"tter"ng
crystas@ "t was "n the m"dst of a cavern whose was were supported by
many fantast"c p"ars wh"ch had been formed by the jo"n"ng of great
staact"tes and staagm"tes together, the resut of the ceaseess
water'dr"p of centur"es% :nder the roof vast knots of bats had packed
themseves together, thousands "n a bunch@ the "ghts d"sturbed the
creatures and they came fock"ng down by hundreds, sBueak"ng and
dart"ng fur"ousy at the candes% Tom knew the"r ways and the danger of
th"s sort of conduct% 7e se">ed BeckyEs hand and hurr"ed her "nto the
f"rst corr"dor that offered@ and none too soon, for a bat struck
BeckyEs "ght out w"th "ts w"ng wh"e she was pass"ng out of the
cavern% The bats chased the ch"dren a good d"stance@ but the fug"t"ves
punged "nto every new passage that offered, and at ast got r"d of the
per"ous th"ngs% Tom found a subterranean ake, shorty, wh"ch
stretched "ts d"m ength away unt" "ts shape was ost "n the shadows%
7e wanted to eApore "ts borders, but concuded that "t woud be best
to s"t down and rest awh"e, f"rst% ;ow, for the f"rst t"me, the deep
st"ness of the pace a"d a cammy hand upon the sp"r"ts of the
ch"dren% Becky sa"d)
C=hy, 8 d"dnEt not"ce, but "t seems ever so ong s"nce 8 heard any of
the others%C
CCome to th"nk, Becky, we are away down beow them''and 8 donEt know
how far away north, or south, or east, or wh"chever "t "s% =e coudnEt
hear them here%C
Becky grew apprehens"ve%
C8 wonder how ong weEve been down here, TomF =e better start back%C
C&es, 8 reckon we better% PEraps we better%C
CCan you f"nd the way, TomF 8tEs a a m"Aed'up crookedness to me%C
C8 reckon 8 coud f"nd "t''but then the bats% 8f they put our candes
out "t w" be an awfu f"A% (etEs try some other way, so as not to go
through there%C
C=e% But 8 hope we wonEt get ost% 8t woud be so awfuDC and the
g"r shuddered at the thought of the dreadfu poss"b""t"es%
They started through a corr"dor, and traversed "t "n s"ence a ong
way, ganc"ng at each new open"ng, to see "f there was anyth"ng
fam""ar about the ook of "t@ but they were a strange% Every t"me
Tom made an eAam"nat"on, Becky woud watch h"s face for an encourag"ng
s"gn, and he woud say cheer"y)
C5h, "tEs a r"ght% Th"s a"nEt the one, but weE come to "t r"ght
But he fet ess and ess hopefu w"th each fa"ure, and presenty
began to turn off "nto d"verg"ng avenues at sheer random, "n desperate
hope of f"nd"ng the one that was wanted% 7e st" sa"d "t was Ca
r"ght,C but there was such a eaden dread at h"s heart that the words
had ost the"r r"ng and sounded just as "f he had sa"d, CA "s ostDC
Becky cung to h"s s"de "n an angu"sh of fear, and tr"ed hard to keep
back the tears, but they woud come% At ast she sa"d)
C5h, Tom, never m"nd the bats, etEs go back that wayD =e seem to get
worse and worse off a the t"me%C
C("stenDC sa"d he%
Profound s"ence@ s"ence so deep that even the"r breath"ngs were
consp"cuous "n the hush% Tom shouted% The ca went echo"ng down the
empty a"ses and d"ed out "n the d"stance "n a fa"nt sound that
resembed a r"ppe of mock"ng aughter%
C5h, donEt do "t aga"n, Tom, "t "s too horr"d,C sa"d Becky%
C8t "s horr"d, but 8 better, Becky@ they m"ght hear us, you know,C and
he shouted aga"n%
The Cm"ghtC was even a ch""er horror than the ghosty aughter, "t
so confessed a per"sh"ng hope% The ch"dren stood st" and "stened@
but there was no resut% Tom turned upon the back track at once, and
hurr"ed h"s steps% 8t was but a "tte wh"e before a certa"n
"ndec"s"on "n h"s manner reveaed another fearfu fact to Becky''he
coud not f"nd h"s way backD
C5h, Tom, you d"dnEt make any marksDC
CBecky, 8 was such a fooD Such a fooD 8 never thought we m"ght want
to come backD ;o''8 canEt f"nd the way% 8tEs a m"Aed up%C
CTom, Tom, weEre ostD weEre ostD =e never can get out of th"s awfu
paceD 5h, why +8+ we ever eave the othersDC
She sank to the ground and burst "nto such a fren>y of cry"ng that Tom
was appaed w"th the "dea that she m"ght d"e, or ose her reason% 7e
sat down by her and put h"s arms around her@ she bur"ed her face "n h"s
bosom, she cung to h"m, she poured out her terrors, her unava""ng
regrets, and the far echoes turned them a to jeer"ng aughter% Tom
begged her to puck up hope aga"n, and she sa"d she coud not% 7e fe
to bam"ng and abus"ng h"msef for gett"ng her "nto th"s m"serabe
s"tuat"on@ th"s had a better effect% She sa"d she woud try to hope
aga"n, she woud get up and foow wherever he m"ght ead "f ony he
woud not tak "ke that any more% 6or he was no more to bame than
she, she sa"d%
So they moved on aga"n''a"messy''s"mpy at random''a they coud do
was to move, keep mov"ng% 6or a "tte wh"e, hope made a show of
rev"v"ng''not w"th any reason to back "t, but ony because "t "s "ts
nature to rev"ve when the spr"ng has not been taken out of "t by age
and fam""ar"ty w"th fa"ure%
By'and'by Tom took BeckyEs cande and bew "t out% Th"s economy meant
so muchD =ords were not needed% Becky understood, and her hope d"ed
aga"n% She knew that Tom had a whoe cande and three or four p"eces "n
h"s pockets''yet he must econom">e%
By'and'by, fat"gue began to assert "ts ca"ms@ the ch"dren tr"ed to
pay attent"on, for "t was dreadfu to th"nk of s"tt"ng down when t"me
was grown to be so prec"ous, mov"ng, "n some d"rect"on, "n any
d"rect"on, was at east progress and m"ght bear fru"t@ but to s"t down
was to "nv"te death and shorten "ts pursu"t%
At ast BeckyEs fra" "mbs refused to carry her farther% She sat
down% Tom rested w"th her, and they taked of home, and the fr"ends
there, and the comfortabe beds and, above a, the "ghtD Becky cr"ed,
and Tom tr"ed to th"nk of some way of comfort"ng her, but a h"s
encouragements were grown threadbare w"th use, and sounded "ke
sarcasms% 6at"gue bore so heav"y upon Becky that she drowsed off to
seep% Tom was gratefu% 7e sat ook"ng "nto her drawn face and saw "t
grow smooth and natura under the "nfuence of peasant dreams@ and
by'and'by a sm"e dawned and rested there% The peacefu face refected
somewhat of peace and hea"ng "nto h"s own sp"r"t, and h"s thoughts
wandered away to bygone t"mes and dreamy memor"es% =h"e he was deep "n
h"s mus"ngs, Becky woke up w"th a bree>y "tte augh''but "t was
str"cken dead upon her "ps, and a groan foowed "t%
C5h, how C5:(+ 8 seepD 8 w"sh 8 never, never had wakedD ;oD ;o, 8
donEt, TomD +onEt ook soD 8 wonEt say "t aga"n%C
C8Em gad youEve sept, Becky@ youE fee rested, now, and weE f"nd
the way out%C
C=e can try, Tom@ but 8Eve seen such a beaut"fu country "n my dream%
8 reckon we are go"ng there%C
C!aybe not, maybe not% Cheer up, Becky, and etEs go on try"ng%C
They rose up and wandered aong, hand "n hand and hopeess% They tr"ed
to est"mate how ong they had been "n the cave, but a they knew was
that "t seemed days and weeks, and yet "t was pa"n that th"s coud not
be, for the"r candes were not gone yet% A ong t"me after th"s''they
coud not te how ong''Tom sa"d they must go softy and "sten for
dr"pp"ng water''they must f"nd a spr"ng% They found one presenty, and
Tom sa"d "t was t"me to rest aga"n% Both were cruey t"red, yet Becky
sa"d she thought she coud go a "tte farther% She was surpr"sed to
hear Tom d"ssent% She coud not understand "t% They sat down, and Tom
fastened h"s cande to the wa "n front of them w"th some cay%
Thought was soon busy@ noth"ng was sa"d for some t"me% Then Becky broke
the s"ence)
CTom, 8 am so hungryDC
Tom took someth"ng out of h"s pocket%
C+o you remember th"sFC sa"d he%
Becky amost sm"ed%
C8tEs our wedd"ng'cake, Tom%C
C&es''8 w"sh "t was as b"g as a barre, for "tEs a weEve got%C
C8 saved "t from the p"cn"c for us to dream on, Tom, the way grown'up
peope do w"th wedd"ng'cake''but "tE be our''C
She dropped the sentence where "t was% Tom d"v"ded the cake and Becky
ate w"th good appet"te, wh"e Tom n"bbed at h"s mo"ety% There was
abundance of cod water to f"n"sh the feast w"th% By'and'by Becky
suggested that they move on aga"n% Tom was s"ent a moment% Then he
CBecky, can you bear "t "f 8 te you someth"ngFC
BeckyEs face paed, but she thought she coud%
C=e, then, Becky, we must stay here, where thereEs water to dr"nk%
That "tte p"ece "s our ast candeDC
Becky gave oose to tears and wa""ngs% Tom d"d what he coud to
comfort her, but w"th "tte effect% At ength Becky sa"d)
C=e, BeckyFC
CTheyE m"ss us and hunt for usDC
C&es, they w"D Certa"ny they w"DC
C!aybe theyEre hunt"ng for us now, Tom%C
C=hy, 8 reckon maybe they are% 8 hope they are%C
C=hen woud they m"ss us, TomFC
C=hen they get back to the boat, 8 reckon%C
CTom, "t m"ght be dark then''woud they not"ce we hadnEt comeFC
C8 donEt know% But anyway, your mother woud m"ss you as soon as they
got home%C
A fr"ghtened ook "n BeckyEs face brought Tom to h"s senses and he saw
that he had made a bunder% Becky was not to have gone home that n"ghtD
The ch"dren became s"ent and thoughtfu% 8n a moment a new burst of
gr"ef from Becky showed Tom that the th"ng "n h"s m"nd had struck hers
aso''that the Sabbath morn"ng m"ght be haf spent before !rs% Thatcher
d"scovered that Becky was not at !rs% 7arperEs%
The ch"dren fastened the"r eyes upon the"r b"t of cande and watched
"t met sowy and p"t"essy away@ saw the haf "nch of w"ck stand
aone at ast@ saw the feebe fame r"se and fa, c"mb the th"n
coumn of smoke, "nger at "ts top a moment, and then''the horror of
utter darkness re"gnedD
7ow ong afterward "t was that Becky came to a sow consc"ousness that
she was cry"ng "n TomEs arms, ne"ther coud te% A that they knew
was, that after what seemed a m"ghty stretch of t"me, both awoke out of
a dead stupor of seep and resumed the"r m"ser"es once more% Tom sa"d
"t m"ght be Sunday, now''maybe !onday% 7e tr"ed to get Becky to tak,
but her sorrows were too oppress"ve, a her hopes were gone% Tom sa"d
that they must have been m"ssed ong ago, and no doubt the search was
go"ng on% 7e woud shout and maybe some one woud come% 7e tr"ed "t@
but "n the darkness the d"stant echoes sounded so h"deousy that he
tr"ed "t no more%
The hours wasted away, and hunger came to torment the capt"ves aga"n%
A port"on of TomEs haf of the cake was eft@ they d"v"ded and ate "t%
But they seemed hungr"er than before% The poor morse of food ony
whetted des"re%
By'and'by Tom sa"d)
CS7D +"d you hear thatFC
Both hed the"r breath and "stened% There was a sound "ke the
fa"ntest, far'off shout% 8nstanty Tom answered "t, and ead"ng Becky
by the hand, started grop"ng down the corr"dor "n "ts d"rect"on%
Presenty he "stened aga"n@ aga"n the sound was heard, and apparenty
a "tte nearer%
C8tEs themDC sa"d Tom@ CtheyEre com"ngD Come aong, Becky''weEre a
r"ght nowDC
The joy of the pr"soners was amost overwhem"ng% The"r speed was
sow, however, because p"tfas were somewhat common, and had to be
guarded aga"nst% They shorty came to one and had to stop% 8t m"ght be
three feet deep, "t m"ght be a hundred''there was no pass"ng "t at any
rate% Tom got down on h"s breast and reached as far down as he coud%
;o bottom% They must stay there and wa"t unt" the searchers came% They
"stened@ ev"denty the d"stant shout"ngs were grow"ng more d"stantD a
moment or two more and they had gone atogether% The heart's"nk"ng
m"sery of "tD Tom whooped unt" he was hoarse, but "t was of no use% 7e
taked hopefuy to Becky@ but an age of anA"ous wa"t"ng passed and no
sounds came aga"n%
The ch"dren groped the"r way back to the spr"ng% The weary t"me
dragged on@ they sept aga"n, and awoke fam"shed and woe'str"cken% Tom
be"eved "t must be Tuesday by th"s t"me%
;ow an "dea struck h"m% There were some s"de passages near at hand% 8t
woud be better to eApore some of these than bear the we"ght of the
heavy t"me "n "deness% 7e took a k"te'"ne from h"s pocket, t"ed "t to
a project"on, and he and Becky started, Tom "n the ead, unw"nd"ng the
"ne as he groped aong% At the end of twenty steps the corr"dor ended
"n a Cjump"ng'off pace%C Tom got down on h"s knees and fet beow, and
then as far around the corner as he coud reach w"th h"s hands
conven"enty@ he made an effort to stretch yet a "tte farther to the
r"ght, and at that moment, not twenty yards away, a human hand, hod"ng
a cande, appeared from beh"nd a rockD Tom "fted up a gor"ous shout,
and "nstanty that hand was foowed by the body "t beonged to''8njun
9oeEsD Tom was paray>ed@ he coud not move% 7e was vasty grat"f"ed
the neAt moment, to see the CSpan"ardC take to h"s hees and get
h"msef out of s"ght% Tom wondered that 9oe had not recogn">ed h"s
vo"ce and come over and k"ed h"m for test"fy"ng "n court% But the
echoes must have d"sgu"sed the vo"ce% ="thout doubt, that was "t, he
reasoned% TomEs fr"ght weakened every musce "n h"s body% 7e sa"d to
h"msef that "f he had strength enough to get back to the spr"ng he
woud stay there, and noth"ng shoud tempt h"m to run the r"sk of
meet"ng 8njun 9oe aga"n% 7e was carefu to keep from Becky what "t was
he had seen% 7e tod her he had ony shouted Cfor uck%C
But hunger and wretchedness r"se super"or to fears "n the ong run%
Another ted"ous wa"t at the spr"ng and another ong seep brought
changes% The ch"dren awoke tortured w"th a rag"ng hunger% Tom be"eved
that "t must be =ednesday or Thursday or even 6r"day or Saturday, now,
and that the search had been g"ven over% 7e proposed to eApore another
passage% 7e fet w""ng to r"sk 8njun 9oe and a other terrors% But
Becky was very weak% She had sunk "nto a dreary apathy and woud not be
roused% She sa"d she woud wa"t, now, where she was, and d"e''"t woud
not be ong% She tod Tom to go w"th the k"te'"ne and eApore "f he
chose@ but she "mpored h"m to come back every "tte wh"e and speak
to her@ and she made h"m prom"se that when the awfu t"me came, he
woud stay by her and hod her hand unt" a was over%
Tom k"ssed her, w"th a chok"ng sensat"on "n h"s throat, and made a
show of be"ng conf"dent of f"nd"ng the searchers or an escape from the
cave@ then he took the k"te'"ne "n h"s hand and went grop"ng down one
of the passages on h"s hands and knees, d"stressed w"th hunger and s"ck
w"th bod"ngs of com"ng doom%
T:ES+A& afternoon came, and waned to the tw""ght% The v"age of St%
Petersburg st" mourned% The ost ch"dren had not been found% Pub"c
prayers had been offered up for them, and many and many a pr"vate
prayer that had the pet"t"onerEs whoe heart "n "t@ but st" no good
news came from the cave% The major"ty of the searchers had g"ven up the
Buest and gone back to the"r da"y avocat"ons, say"ng that "t was pa"n
the ch"dren coud never be found% !rs% Thatcher was very ", and a
great part of the t"me de"r"ous% Peope sa"d "t was heartbreak"ng to
hear her ca her ch"d, and ra"se her head and "sten a whoe m"nute
at a t"me, then ay "t wear"y down aga"n w"th a moan% Aunt Poy had
drooped "nto a setted meanchoy, and her gray ha"r had grown amost
wh"te% The v"age went to "ts rest on Tuesday n"ght, sad and fororn%
Away "n the m"dde of the n"ght a w"d pea burst from the v"age
bes, and "n a moment the streets were swarm"ng w"th frant"c haf'cad
peope, who shouted, CTurn outD turn outD theyEre foundD theyEre
foundDC T"n pans and horns were added to the d"n, the popuat"on massed
"tsef and moved toward the r"ver, met the ch"dren com"ng "n an open
carr"age drawn by shout"ng c"t">ens, thronged around "t, jo"ned "ts
homeward march, and swept magn"f"centy up the ma"n street roar"ng
hu>>ah after hu>>ahD
The v"age was "um"nated@ nobody went to bed aga"n@ "t was the
greatest n"ght the "tte town had ever seen% +ur"ng the f"rst haf'hour
a process"on of v"agers f"ed through 9udge ThatcherEs house, se">ed
the saved ones and k"ssed them, sBuee>ed !rs% ThatcherEs hand, tr"ed to
speak but coudnEt''and dr"fted out ra"n"ng tears a over the pace%
Aunt PoyEs happ"ness was compete, and !rs% ThatcherEs neary so% 8t
woud be compete, however, as soon as the messenger d"spatched w"th
the great news to the cave shoud get the word to her husband% Tom ay
upon a sofa w"th an eager aud"tory about h"m and tod the h"story of
the wonderfu adventure, putt"ng "n many str"k"ng add"t"ons to adorn "t
w"tha@ and cosed w"th a descr"pt"on of how he eft Becky and went on
an eApor"ng eAped"t"on@ how he foowed two avenues as far as h"s
k"te'"ne woud reach@ how he foowed a th"rd to the fuest stretch of
the k"te'"ne, and was about to turn back when he g"mpsed a far'off
speck that ooked "ke day"ght@ dropped the "ne and groped toward "t,
pushed h"s head and shouders through a sma hoe, and saw the broad
!"ss"ss"pp" ro"ng byD And "f "t had ony happened to be n"ght he woud
not have seen that speck of day"ght and woud not have eApored that
passage any moreD 7e tod how he went back for Becky and broke the good
news and she tod h"m not to fret her w"th such stuff, for she was
t"red, and knew she was go"ng to d"e, and wanted to% 7e descr"bed how he
abored w"th her and conv"nced her@ and how she amost d"ed for joy when
she had groped to where she actuay saw the bue speck of day"ght@ how
he pushed h"s way out at the hoe and then heped her out@ how they sat
there and cr"ed for gadness@ how some men came aong "n a sk"ff and Tom
ha"ed them and tod them the"r s"tuat"on and the"r fam"shed cond"t"on@
how the men d"dnEt be"eve the w"d tae at f"rst, Cbecause,C sa"d they,
Cyou are f"ve m"es down the r"ver beow the vaey the cave "s "nC
''then took them aboard, rowed to a house, gave them supper, made them
rest t" two or three hours after dark and then brought them home%
Before day'dawn, 9udge Thatcher and the handfu of searchers w"th h"m
were tracked out, "n the cave, by the tw"ne cews they had strung
beh"nd them, and "nformed of the great news%
Three days and n"ghts of to" and hunger "n the cave were not to be
shaken off at once, as Tom and Becky soon d"scovered% They were
bedr"dden a of =ednesday and Thursday, and seemed to grow more and
more t"red and worn, a the t"me% Tom got about, a "tte, on
Thursday, was down'town 6r"day, and neary as whoe as ever Saturday@
but Becky d"d not eave her room unt" Sunday, and then she ooked as
"f she had passed through a wast"ng "ness%
Tom earned of 7uckEs s"ckness and went to see h"m on 6r"day, but
coud not be adm"tted to the bedroom@ ne"ther coud he on Saturday or
Sunday% 7e was adm"tted da"y after that, but was warned to keep st"
about h"s adventure and "ntroduce no eAc"t"ng top"c% The ="dow +ougas
stayed by to see that he obeyed% At home Tom earned of the Card"ff
7" event@ aso that the Cragged manEsC body had eventuay been found
"n the r"ver near the ferry'and"ng@ he had been drowned wh"e try"ng
to escape, perhaps%
About a fortn"ght after TomEs rescue from the cave, he started off to
v"s"t 7uck, who had grown penty strong enough, now, to hear eAc"t"ng
tak, and Tom had some that woud "nterest h"m, he thought% 9udge
ThatcherEs house was on TomEs way, and he stopped to see Becky% The
9udge and some fr"ends set Tom to tak"ng, and some one asked h"m
"ron"cay "f he woudnEt "ke to go to the cave aga"n% Tom sa"d he
thought he woudnEt m"nd "t% The 9udge sa"d)
C=e, there are others just "ke you, Tom, 8Eve not the east doubt%
But we have taken care of that% ;obody w" get ost "n that cave any
CBecause 8 had "ts b"g door sheathed w"th bo"er "ron two weeks ago,
and tr"pe'ocked''and 8Eve got the keys%C
Tom turned as wh"te as a sheet%
C=hatEs the matter, boyD 7ere, run, somebodyD 6etch a gass of waterDC
The water was brought and thrown "nto TomEs face%
CAh, now youEre a r"ght% =hat was the matter w"th you, TomFC
C5h, 9udge, 8njun 9oeEs "n the caveDC
=8T78; a few m"nutes the news had spread, and a do>en sk"ff'oads of
men were on the"r way to !c+ougaEs cave, and the ferryboat, we
f"ed w"th passengers, soon foowed% Tom Sawyer was "n the sk"ff that
bore 9udge Thatcher%
=hen the cave door was unocked, a sorrowfu s"ght presented "tsef "n
the d"m tw""ght of the pace% 8njun 9oe ay stretched upon the ground,
dead, w"th h"s face cose to the crack of the door, as "f h"s ong"ng
eyes had been f"Aed, to the atest moment, upon the "ght and the cheer
of the free word outs"de% Tom was touched, for he knew by h"s own
eAper"ence how th"s wretch had suffered% 7"s p"ty was moved, but
nevertheess he fet an abound"ng sense of re"ef and secur"ty, now,
wh"ch reveaed to h"m "n a degree wh"ch he had not fuy apprec"ated
before how vast a we"ght of dread had been y"ng upon h"m s"nce the day
he "fted h"s vo"ce aga"nst th"s boody'm"nded outcast%
8njun 9oeEs bow"e'kn"fe ay cose by, "ts bade broken "n two% The
great foundat"on'beam of the door had been ch"pped and hacked through,
w"th ted"ous abor@ useess abor, too, "t was, for the nat"ve rock
formed a s" outs"de "t, and upon that stubborn mater"a the kn"fe had
wrought no effect@ the ony damage done was to the kn"fe "tsef% But "f
there had been no stony obstruct"on there the abor woud have been
useess st", for "f the beam had been whoy cut away 8njun 9oe coud
not have sBuee>ed h"s body under the door, and he knew "t% So he had
ony hacked that pace "n order to be do"ng someth"ng''"n order to pass
the weary t"me''"n order to empoy h"s tortured facut"es% 5rd"nar"y
one coud f"nd haf a do>en b"ts of cande stuck around "n the crev"ces
of th"s vest"bue, eft there by tour"sts@ but there were none now% The
pr"soner had searched them out and eaten them% 7e had aso contr"ved to
catch a few bats, and these, aso, he had eaten, eav"ng ony the"r
caws% The poor unfortunate had starved to death% 8n one pace, near at
hand, a staagm"te had been sowy grow"ng up from the ground for ages,
bu"ded by the water'dr"p from a staact"te overhead% The capt"ve had
broken off the staagm"te, and upon the stump had paced a stone,
where"n he had scooped a shaow hoow to catch the prec"ous drop
that fe once "n every three m"nutes w"th the dreary reguar"ty of a
cock't"ck''a dessertspoonfu once "n four and twenty hours% That drop
was fa"ng when the Pyram"ds were new@ when Troy fe@ when the
foundat"ons of *ome were a"d when Chr"st was cruc"f"ed@ when the
ConBueror created the Br"t"sh emp"re@ when Coumbus sa"ed@ when the
massacre at (eA"ngton was Cnews%C 8t "s fa"ng now@ "t w" st" be
fa"ng when a these th"ngs sha have sunk down the afternoon of
h"story, and the tw""ght of trad"t"on, and been swaowed up "n the
th"ck n"ght of ob"v"on% 7as everyth"ng a purpose and a m"ss"onF +"d
th"s drop fa pat"enty dur"ng f"ve thousand years to be ready for
th"s f"tt"ng human "nsectEs needF and has "t another "mportant object
to accomp"sh ten thousand years to comeF ;o matter% 8t "s many and
many a year s"nce the hapess haf'breed scooped out the stone to catch
the pr"ceess drops, but to th"s day the tour"st stares ongest at that
pathet"c stone and that sow'dropp"ng water when he comes to see the
wonders of !c+ougaEs cave% 8njun 9oeEs cup stands f"rst "n the "st of
the cavernEs marves@ even CAadd"nEs PaaceC cannot r"va "t%
8njun 9oe was bur"ed near the mouth of the cave@ and peope focked
there "n boats and wagons from the towns and from a the farms and
hamets for seven m"es around@ they brought the"r ch"dren, and a
sorts of prov"s"ons, and confessed that they had had amost as
sat"sfactory a t"me at the funera as they coud have had at the
Th"s funera stopped the further growth of one th"ng''the pet"t"on to
the governor for 8njun 9oeEs pardon% The pet"t"on had been argey
s"gned@ many tearfu and eoBuent meet"ngs had been hed, and a
comm"ttee of sappy women been appo"nted to go "n deep mourn"ng and wa"
around the governor, and "mpore h"m to be a merc"fu ass and trampe
h"s duty under foot% 8njun 9oe was be"eved to have k"ed f"ve
c"t">ens of the v"age, but what of thatF 8f he had been Satan h"msef
there woud have been penty of weak"ngs ready to scr"bbe the"r names
to a pardon'pet"t"on, and dr"p a tear on "t from the"r permanenty
"mpa"red and eaky water'works%
The morn"ng after the funera Tom took 7uck to a pr"vate pace to have
an "mportant tak% 7uck had earned a about TomEs adventure from the
=eshman and the ="dow +ougas, by th"s t"me, but Tom sa"d he reckoned
there was one th"ng they had not tod h"m@ that th"ng was what he
wanted to tak about now% 7uckEs face saddened% 7e sa"d)
C8 know what "t "s% &ou got "nto ;o% , and never found anyth"ng but
wh"skey% ;obody tod me "t was you@ but 8 just knowed "t must EaE ben
you, soon as 8 heard Ebout that wh"skey bus"ness@ and 8 knowed you
hadnEt got the money becu> youEd EaE got at me some way or other and
tod me even "f you was mum to everybody ese% Tom, someth"ngEs aways
tod me weEd never get hot of that swag%C
C=hy, 7uck, 8 never tod on that tavern'keeper% &5: know h"s tavern
was a r"ght the Saturday 8 went to the p"cn"c% +onEt you remember you
was to watch there that n"ghtFC
C5h yesD =hy, "t seems Ebout a year ago% 8t was that very n"ght that 8
foered 8njun 9oe to the w"dderEs%C
C&5: foowed h"mFC
C&es''but you keep mum% 8 reckon 8njun 9oeEs eft fr"ends beh"nd h"m,
and 8 donEt want Eem sour"ng on me and do"ng me mean tr"cks% 8f "t
hadnEt ben for me heEd be down "n TeAas now, a r"ght%C
Then 7uck tod h"s ent"re adventure "n conf"dence to Tom, who had ony
heard of the =eshmanEs part of "t before%
C=e,C sa"d 7uck, presenty, com"ng back to the ma"n Buest"on,
Cwhoever n"pped the wh"skey "n ;o% ,, n"pped the money, too, 8 reckon
''anyways "tEs a goner for us, Tom%C
C7uck, that money wasnEt ever "n ;o% ,DC
C=hatDC 7uck searched h"s comradeEs face keeny% CTom, have you got on
the track of that money aga"nFC
C7uck, "tEs "n the caveDC
7uckEs eyes ba>ed%
CSay "t aga"n, Tom%C
CThe moneyEs "n the caveDC
CTom''honest "njun, now''"s "t fun, or earnestFC
CEarnest, 7uck''just as earnest as ever 8 was "n my "fe% =" you go
"n there w"th me and hep get "t outFC
C8 bet 8 w"D 8 w" "f "tEs where we can ba>e our way to "t and not
get ost%C
C7uck, we can do that w"thout the east "tte b"t of troube "n the
CGood as wheatD =hat makes you th"nk the moneyEs''C
C7uck, you just wa"t t" we get "n there% 8f we donEt f"nd "t 8E
agree to g"ve you my drum and every th"ng 8Eve got "n the word% 8
w", by j"ngs%C
CA r"ght''"tEs a wh">% =hen do you sayFC
C*"ght now, "f you say "t% Are you strong enoughFC
C8s "t far "n the caveF 8 ben on my p"ns a "tte, three or four days,
now, but 8 canEt wak moreEn a m"e, Tom''east 8 donEt th"nk 8 coud%C
C8tEs about f"ve m"e "nto there the way anybody but me woud go,
7uck, but thereEs a m"ghty short cut that they donEt anybody but me
know about% 7uck, 8E take you r"ght to "t "n a sk"ff% 8E foat the
sk"ff down there, and 8E pu "t back aga"n a by mysef% &ou
neednEt ever turn your hand over%C
C(ess start r"ght off, Tom%C
CA r"ght% =e want some bread and meat, and our p"pes, and a "tte
bag or two, and two or three k"te'str"ngs, and some of these
new'fanged th"ngs they ca uc"fer matches% 8 te you, manyEs
the t"me 8 w"shed 8 had some when 8 was "n there before%C
A tr"fe after noon the boys borrowed a sma sk"ff from a c"t">en who
was absent, and got under way at once% =hen they were severa m"es
beow CCave 7oow,C Tom sa"d)
C;ow you see th"s buff here ooks a a"ke a the way down from the
cave hoow''no houses, no wood'yards, bushes a a"ke% But do you see
that wh"te pace up yonder where thereEs been a ands"deF =e, thatEs
one of my marks% =eE get ashore, now%C
They anded%
C;ow, 7uck, where weEre a'stand"ng you coud touch that hoe 8 got out
of w"th a f"sh"ng'poe% See "f you can f"nd "t%C
7uck searched a the pace about, and found noth"ng% Tom proudy
marched "nto a th"ck cump of sumach bushes and sa"d)
C7ere you areD (ook at "t, 7uck@ "tEs the snuggest hoe "n th"s
country% &ou just keep mum about "t% A aong 8Eve been want"ng to be
a robber, but 8 knew 8Ed got to have a th"ng "ke th"s, and where to
run across "t was the bother% =eEve got "t now, and weE keep "t
Bu"et, ony weE et 9oe 7arper and Ben *ogers "n''because of course
thereEs got to be a Gang, or ese there woudnEt be any stye about "t%
Tom SawyerEs Gang''"t sounds spend"d, donEt "t, 7uckFC
C=e, "t just does, Tom% And whoE we robFC
C5h, most anybody% =ayay peope''thatEs mosty the way%C
CAnd k" themFC
C;o, not aways% 7"ve them "n the cave t" they ra"se a ransom%C
C=hatEs a ransomFC
C!oney% &ou make them ra"se a they can, offEn the"r fr"ends@ and
after youEve kept them a year, "f "t a"nEt ra"sed then you k" them%
ThatEs the genera way% 5ny you donEt k" the women% &ou shut up the
women, but you donEt k" them% TheyEre aways beaut"fu and r"ch, and
awfuy scared% &ou take the"r watches and th"ngs, but you aways take
your hat off and tak po"te% They a"nEt anybody as po"te as robbers
''youE see that "n any book% =e, the women get to ov"ng you, and
after theyEve been "n the cave a week or two weeks they stop cry"ng and
after that you coudnEt get them to eave% 8f you drove them out theyEd
turn r"ght around and come back% 8tEs so "n a the books%C
C=hy, "tEs rea buy, Tom% 8 be"eve "tEs betterEn to be a p"rate%C
C&es, "tEs better "n some ways, because "tEs cose to home and
c"rcuses and a that%C
By th"s t"me everyth"ng was ready and the boys entered the hoe, Tom
"n the ead% They to"ed the"r way to the farther end of the tunne,
then made the"r sp"ced k"te'str"ngs fast and moved on% A few steps
brought them to the spr"ng, and Tom fet a shudder Bu"ver a through
h"m% 7e showed 7uck the fragment of cande'w"ck perched on a ump of
cay aga"nst the wa, and descr"bed how he and Becky had watched the
fame strugge and eAp"re%
The boys began to Bu"et down to wh"spers, now, for the st"ness and
goom of the pace oppressed the"r sp"r"ts% They went on, and presenty
entered and foowed TomEs other corr"dor unt" they reached the
Cjump"ng'off pace%C The candes reveaed the fact that "t was not
reay a prec"p"ce, but ony a steep cay h" twenty or th"rty feet
h"gh% Tom wh"spered)
C;ow 8E show you someth"ng, 7uck%C
7e hed h"s cande aoft and sa"d)
C(ook as far around the corner as you can% +o you see thatF There''on
the b"g rock over yonder''done w"th cande'smoke%C
CTom, "tEs a C*5SSDC
C;5= whereEs your ;umber TwoF E:;+E* T7E C*5SS,E heyF *"ght yonderEs
where 8 saw 8njun 9oe poke up h"s cande, 7uckDC
7uck stared at the myst"c s"gn awh"e, and then sa"d w"th a shaky vo"ce)
CTom, ess g"t out of hereDC
C=hatD and eave the treasureFC
C&es''eave "t% 8njun 9oeEs ghost "s round about there, certa"n%C
C;o "t a"nEt, 7uck, no "t a"nEt% 8t woud haEnt the pace where he
d"ed''away out at the mouth of the cave''f"ve m"e from here%C
C;o, Tom, "t woudnEt% 8t woud hang round the money% 8 know the ways
of ghosts, and so do you%C
Tom began to fear that 7uck was r"ght% !"sg"v"ngs gathered "n h"s
m"nd% But presenty an "dea occurred to h"m''
C(ookyhere, 7uck, what foos weEre mak"ng of oursevesD 8njun 9oeEs
ghost a"nEt a go"ng to come around where thereEs a crossDC
The po"nt was we taken% 8t had "ts effect%
CTom, 8 d"dnEt th"nk of that% But thatEs so% 8tEs uck for us, that
cross "s% 8 reckon weE c"mb down there and have a hunt for that boA%C
Tom went f"rst, cutt"ng rude steps "n the cay h" as he descended%
7uck foowed% 6our avenues opened out of the sma cavern wh"ch the
great rock stood "n% The boys eAam"ned three of them w"th no resut%
They found a sma recess "n the one nearest the base of the rock, w"th
a paet of bankets spread down "n "t@ aso an od suspender, some
bacon r"nd, and the we'gnawed bones of two or three fows% But there
was no money'boA% The ads searched and researched th"s pace, but "n
va"n% Tom sa"d)
C7e sa"d :;+E* the cross% =e, th"s comes nearest to be"ng under the
cross% 8t canEt be under the rock "tsef, because that sets so"d on
the ground%C
They searched everywhere once more, and then sat down d"scouraged%
7uck coud suggest noth"ng% By'and'by Tom sa"d)
C(ookyhere, 7uck, thereEs footpr"nts and some cande'grease on the
cay about one s"de of th"s rock, but not on the other s"des% ;ow,
whatEs that forF 8 bet you the money 8S under the rock% 8Em go"ng to
d"g "n the cay%C
CThat a"nEt no bad not"on, TomDC sa"d 7uck w"th an"mat"on%
TomEs Crea BarowC was out at once, and he had not dug four "nches
before he struck wood%
C7ey, 7uckD''you hear thatFC
7uck began to d"g and scratch now% Some boards were soon uncovered and
removed% They had conceaed a natura chasm wh"ch ed under the rock%
Tom got "nto th"s and hed h"s cande as far under the rock as he
coud, but sa"d he coud not see to the end of the r"ft% 7e proposed to
eApore% 7e stooped and passed under@ the narrow way descended
graduay% 7e foowed "ts w"nd"ng course, f"rst to the r"ght, then to
the eft, 7uck at h"s hees% Tom turned a short curve, by'and'by, and
C!y goodness, 7uck, ookyhereDC
8t was the treasure'boA, sure enough, occupy"ng a snug "tte cavern,
aong w"th an empty powder'keg, a coupe of guns "n eather cases, two
or three pa"rs of od moccas"ns, a eather bet, and some other rubb"sh
we soaked w"th the water'dr"p%
CGot "t at astDC sa"d 7uck, pough"ng among the tarn"shed co"ns w"th
h"s hand% C!y, but weEre r"ch, TomDC
C7uck, 8 aways reckoned weEd get "t% 8tEs just too good to be"eve,
but we 7A?E got "t, sureD Say''etEs not foo around here% (etEs snake
"t out% (emme see "f 8 can "ft the boA%C
8t we"ghed about f"fty pounds% Tom coud "ft "t, after an awkward
fash"on, but coud not carry "t conven"enty%
C8 thought so,C he sa"d@ CT7E& carr"ed "t "ke "t was heavy, that day
at the haEnted house% 8 not"ced that% 8 reckon 8 was r"ght to th"nk of
fetch"ng the "tte bags aong%C
The money was soon "n the bags and the boys took "t up to the cross
C;ow ess fetch the guns and th"ngs,C sa"d 7uck%
C;o, 7uck''eave them there% TheyEre just the tr"cks to have when we
go to robb"ng% =eE keep them there a the t"me, and weE hod our
org"es there, too% 8tEs an awfu snug pace for org"es%C
C=hat org"esFC
C8 dono% But robbers aways have org"es, and of course weEve got to
have them, too% Come aong, 7uck, weEve been "n here a ong t"me% 8tEs
gett"ng ate, 8 reckon% 8Em hungry, too% =eE eat and smoke when we
get to the sk"ff%C
They presenty emerged "nto the cump of sumach bushes, ooked war"y
out, found the coast cear, and were soon unch"ng and smok"ng "n the
sk"ff% As the sun d"pped toward the hor">on they pushed out and got
under way% Tom sk"mmed up the shore through the ong tw""ght, chatt"ng
cheer"y w"th 7uck, and anded shorty after dark%
C;ow, 7uck,C sa"d Tom, CweE h"de the money "n the oft of the
w"dowEs woodshed, and 8E come up "n the morn"ng and weE count "t
and d"v"de, and then weE hunt up a pace out "n the woods for "t
where "t w" be safe% 9ust you ay Bu"et here and watch the stuff t"
8 run and hook Benny TayorEs "tte wagon@ 8 wonEt be gone a m"nute%C
7e d"sappeared, and presenty returned w"th the wagon, put the two
sma sacks "nto "t, threw some od rags on top of them, and started
off, dragg"ng h"s cargo beh"nd h"m% =hen the boys reached the
=eshmanEs house, they stopped to rest% 9ust as they were about to move
on, the =eshman stepped out and sa"d)
C7ao, whoEs thatFC
C7uck and Tom Sawyer%C
CGoodD Come aong w"th me, boys, you are keep"ng everybody wa"t"ng%
7ere''hurry up, trot ahead''8E hau the wagon for you% =hy, "tEs not
as "ght as "t m"ght be% Got br"cks "n "tF''or od metaFC
C5d meta,C sa"d Tom%
C8 judged so@ the boys "n th"s town w" take more troube and foo
away more t"me hunt"ng up s"A b"tsE worth of od "ron to se to the
foundry than they woud to make tw"ce the money at reguar work% But
thatEs human nature''hurry aong, hurry aongDC
The boys wanted to know what the hurry was about%
C;ever m"nd@ youE see, when we get to the ="dow +ougasE%C
7uck sa"d w"th some apprehens"on''for he was ong used to be"ng
fasey accused)
C!r% 9ones, we havenEt been do"ng noth"ng%C
The =eshman aughed%
C=e, 8 donEt know, 7uck, my boy% 8 donEt know about that% A"nEt you
and the w"dow good fr"endsFC
C&es% =e, sheEs ben good fr"ends to me, anyway%C
CA r"ght, then% =hat do you want to be afra"d forFC
Th"s Buest"on was not ent"rey answered "n 7uckEs sow m"nd before he
found h"msef pushed, aong w"th Tom, "nto !rs% +ougasE draw"ng'room%
!r% 9ones eft the wagon near the door and foowed%
The pace was grandy "ghted, and everybody that was of any
conseBuence "n the v"age was there% The Thatchers were there, the
7arpers, the *ogerses, Aunt Poy, S"d, !ary, the m"n"ster, the ed"tor,
and a great many more, and a dressed "n the"r best% The w"dow
rece"ved the boys as heart"y as any one coud we rece"ve two such
ook"ng be"ngs% They were covered w"th cay and cande'grease% Aunt
Poy bushed cr"mson w"th hum""at"on, and frowned and shook her head
at Tom% ;obody suffered haf as much as the two boys d"d, however% !r%
9ones sa"d)
CTom wasnEt at home, yet, so 8 gave h"m up@ but 8 stumbed on h"m and
7uck r"ght at my door, and so 8 just brought them aong "n a hurry%C
CAnd you d"d just r"ght,C sa"d the w"dow% CCome w"th me, boys%C
She took them to a bedchamber and sa"d)
C;ow wash and dress yourseves% 7ere are two new su"ts of cothes
''sh"rts, socks, everyth"ng compete% TheyEre 7uckEs''no, no thanks,
7uck''!r% 9ones bought one and 8 the other% But theyE f"t both of you%
Get "nto them% =eE wa"t''come down when you are s"cked up enough%C
Then she eft%
7:C< sa"d) CTom, we can sope, "f we can f"nd a rope% The w"ndow a"nEt
h"gh from the ground%C
CShucksD what do you want to sope forFC
C=e, 8 a"nEt used to that k"nd of a crowd% 8 canEt stand "t% 8 a"nEt
go"ng down there, Tom%C
C5h, botherD 8t a"nEt anyth"ng% 8 donEt m"nd "t a b"t% 8E take care
of you%C
S"d appeared%
CTom,C sa"d he, Caunt"e has been wa"t"ng for you a the afternoon%
!ary got your Sunday cothes ready, and everybodyEs been frett"ng about
you% Say''a"nEt th"s grease and cay, on your cothesFC
C;ow, !r% S"ddy, you j"st Etend to your own bus"ness% =hatEs a th"s
bow'out about, anywayFC
C8tEs one of the w"dowEs part"es that sheEs aways hav"ng% Th"s t"me
"tEs for the =eshman and h"s sons, on account of that scrape they
heped her out of the other n"ght% And say''8 can te you someth"ng,
"f you want to know%C
C=e, whatFC
C=hy, od !r% 9ones "s go"ng to try to spr"ng someth"ng on the peope
here to'n"ght, but 8 overheard h"m te aunt"e to'day about "t, as a
secret, but 8 reckon "tEs not much of a secret now% Everybody knows
''the w"dow, too, for a she tr"es to et on she donEt% !r% 9ones was
bound 7uck shoud be here''coudnEt get aong w"th h"s grand secret
w"thout 7uck, you knowDC
CSecret about what, S"dFC
CAbout 7uck track"ng the robbers to the w"dowEs% 8 reckon !r% 9ones
was go"ng to make a grand t"me over h"s surpr"se, but 8 bet you "t w"
drop pretty fat%C
S"d chucked "n a very contented and sat"sf"ed way%
CS"d, was "t you that todFC
C5h, never m"nd who "t was% S5!EB5+& tod''thatEs enough%C
CS"d, thereEs ony one person "n th"s town mean enough to do that, and
thatEs you% 8f you had been "n 7uckEs pace youEd EaE sneaked down the
h" and never tod anybody on the robbers% &ou canEt do any but mean
th"ngs, and you canEt bear to see anybody pra"sed for do"ng good ones%
There''no thanks, as the w"dow saysC''and Tom cuffed S"dEs ears and
heped h"m to the door w"th severa k"cks% C;ow go and te aunt"e "f
you dare''and to'morrow youE catch "tDC
Some m"nutes ater the w"dowEs guests were at the supper'tabe, and a
do>en ch"dren were propped up at "tte s"de'tabes "n the same room,
after the fash"on of that country and that day% At the proper t"me !r%
9ones made h"s "tte speech, "n wh"ch he thanked the w"dow for the
honor she was do"ng h"msef and h"s sons, but sa"d that there was
another person whose modesty''
And so forth and so on% 7e sprung h"s secret about 7uckEs share "n the
adventure "n the f"nest dramat"c manner he was master of, but the
surpr"se "t occas"oned was argey counterfe"t and not as camorous and
effus"ve as "t m"ght have been under happ"er c"rcumstances% 7owever,
the w"dow made a pretty fa"r show of aston"shment, and heaped so many
comp"ments and so much grat"tude upon 7uck that he amost forgot the
neary "ntoerabe d"scomfort of h"s new cothes "n the ent"rey
"ntoerabe d"scomfort of be"ng set up as a target for everybodyEs ga>e
and everybodyEs audat"ons%
The w"dow sa"d she meant to g"ve 7uck a home under her roof and have
h"m educated@ and that when she coud spare the money she woud start
h"m "n bus"ness "n a modest way% TomEs chance was come% 7e sa"d)
C7uck donEt need "t% 7uckEs r"ch%C
;oth"ng but a heavy stra"n upon the good manners of the company kept
back the due and proper comp"mentary augh at th"s peasant joke% But
the s"ence was a "tte awkward% Tom broke "t)
C7uckEs got money% !aybe you donEt be"eve "t, but heEs got ots of
"t% 5h, you neednEt sm"e''8 reckon 8 can show you% &ou just wa"t a
Tom ran out of doors% The company ooked at each other w"th a
perpeAed "nterest''and "nBu"r"ngy at 7uck, who was tongue't"ed%
CS"d, what a"s TomFC sa"d Aunt Poy% C7e''we, there a"nEt ever any
mak"ng of that boy out% 8 never''C
Tom entered, strugg"ng w"th the we"ght of h"s sacks, and Aunt Poy
d"d not f"n"sh her sentence% Tom poured the mass of yeow co"n upon
the tabe and sa"d)
CThere''what d"d 8 te youF 7af of "tEs 7uckEs and haf of "tEs m"neDC
The spectace took the genera breath away% A ga>ed, nobody spoke
for a moment% Then there was a unan"mous ca for an eApanat"on% Tom
sa"d he coud furn"sh "t, and he d"d% The tae was ong, but br"mfu of
"nterest% There was scarcey an "nterrupt"on from any one to break the
charm of "ts fow% =hen he had f"n"shed, !r% 9ones sa"d)
C8 thought 8 had f"Aed up a "tte surpr"se for th"s occas"on, but "t
donEt amount to anyth"ng now% Th"s one makes "t s"ng m"ghty sma, 8Em
w""ng to aow%C
The money was counted% The sum amounted to a "tte over tweve
thousand doars% 8t was more than any one present had ever seen at one
t"me before, though severa persons were there who were worth
cons"deraby more than that "n property%
T7E reader may rest sat"sf"ed that TomEs and 7uckEs w"ndfa made a
m"ghty st"r "n the poor "tte v"age of St% Petersburg% So vast a
sum, a "n actua cash, seemed neAt to "ncred"be% 8t was taked
about, goated over, gor"f"ed, unt" the reason of many of the
c"t">ens tottered under the stra"n of the unheathy eAc"tement% Every
ChauntedC house "n St% Petersburg and the ne"ghbor"ng v"ages was
d"ssected, pank by pank, and "ts foundat"ons dug up and ransacked for
h"dden treasure''and not by boys, but men''pretty grave, unromant"c
men, too, some of them% =herever Tom and 7uck appeared they were
courted, adm"red, stared at% The boys were not abe to remember that
the"r remarks had possessed we"ght before@ but now the"r say"ngs were
treasured and repeated@ everyth"ng they d"d seemed somehow to be
regarded as remarkabe@ they had ev"denty ost the power of do"ng and
say"ng commonpace th"ngs@ moreover, the"r past h"story was raked up
and d"scovered to bear marks of consp"cuous or"g"na"ty% The v"age
paper pub"shed b"ograph"ca sketches of the boys%
The ="dow +ougas put 7uckEs money out at s"A per cent%, and 9udge
Thatcher d"d the same w"th TomEs at Aunt PoyEs reBuest% Each ad had
an "ncome, now, that was s"mpy prod"g"ous''a doar for every week'day
"n the year and haf of the Sundays% 8t was just what the m"n"ster got
''no, "t was what he was prom"sed''he generay coudnEt coect "t% A
doar and a Buarter a week woud board, odge, and schoo a boy "n
those od s"mpe days''and cothe h"m and wash h"m, too, for that
9udge Thatcher had conce"ved a great op"n"on of Tom% 7e sa"d that no
commonpace boy woud ever have got h"s daughter out of the cave% =hen
Becky tod her father, "n str"ct conf"dence, how Tom had taken her
wh"pp"ng at schoo, the 9udge was v"s"by moved@ and when she peaded
grace for the m"ghty "e wh"ch Tom had tod "n order to sh"ft that
wh"pp"ng from her shouders to h"s own, the 9udge sa"d w"th a f"ne
outburst that "t was a nobe, a generous, a magnan"mous "e''a "e that
was worthy to hod up "ts head and march down through h"story breast to
breast w"th George =ash"ngtonEs auded Truth about the hatchetD Becky
thought her father had never ooked so ta and so superb as when he
waked the foor and stamped h"s foot and sa"d that% She went stra"ght
off and tod Tom about "t%
9udge Thatcher hoped to see Tom a great awyer or a great sod"er some
day% 7e sa"d he meant to ook to "t that Tom shoud be adm"tted to the
;at"ona !""tary Academy and afterward tra"ned "n the best aw schoo
"n the country, "n order that he m"ght be ready for e"ther career or
7uck 6"nnEs weath and the fact that he was now under the ="dow
+ougasE protect"on "ntroduced h"m "nto soc"ety''no, dragged h"m "nto
"t, hured h"m "nto "t''and h"s suffer"ngs were amost more than he
coud bear% The w"dowEs servants kept h"m cean and neat, combed and
brushed, and they bedded h"m n"ghty "n unsympathet"c sheets that had
not one "tte spot or sta"n wh"ch he coud press to h"s heart and know
for a fr"end% 7e had to eat w"th a kn"fe and fork@ he had to use
napk"n, cup, and pate@ he had to earn h"s book, he had to go to
church@ he had to tak so propery that speech was become "ns"p"d "n
h"s mouth@ wh"thersoever he turned, the bars and shackes of
c"v"">at"on shut h"m "n and bound h"m hand and foot%
7e bravey bore h"s m"ser"es three weeks, and then one day turned up
m"ss"ng% 6or forty'e"ght hours the w"dow hunted for h"m everywhere "n
great d"stress% The pub"c were profoundy concerned@ they searched
h"gh and ow, they dragged the r"ver for h"s body% Eary the th"rd
morn"ng Tom Sawyer w"sey went pok"ng among some od empty hogsheads
down beh"nd the abandoned saughter'house, and "n one of them he found
the refugee% 7uck had sept there@ he had just breakfasted upon some
stoen odds and ends of food, and was y"ng off, now, "n comfort, w"th
h"s p"pe% 7e was unkempt, uncombed, and cad "n the same od ru"n of
rags that had made h"m p"cturesBue "n the days when he was free and
happy% Tom routed h"m out, tod h"m the troube he had been caus"ng,
and urged h"m to go home% 7uckEs face ost "ts tranBu" content, and
took a meanchoy cast% 7e sa"d)
C+onEt tak about "t, Tom% 8Eve tr"ed "t, and "t donEt work@ "t donEt
work, Tom% 8t a"nEt for me@ 8 a"nEt used to "t% The w"dderEs good to
me, and fr"endy@ but 8 canEt stand them ways% She makes me get up just
at the same t"me every morn"ng@ she makes me wash, they comb me a to
thunder@ she wonEt et me seep "n the woodshed@ 8 got to wear them
bamed cothes that just smothers me, Tom@ they donEt seem to any a"r
g"t through Eem, somehow@ and theyEre so rotten n"ce that 8 canEt set
down, nor ay down, nor ro around anywherEs@ 8 ha"nEt s"d on a
cear'door for''we, "t Epears to be years@ 8 got to go to church and
sweat and sweat''8 hate them ornery sermonsD 8 canEt ketch a fy "n
there, 8 canEt chaw% 8 got to wear shoes a Sunday% The w"dder eats by
a be@ she goes to bed by a be@ she g"ts up by a be''everyth"ngEs
so awfu regEar a body canEt stand "t%C
C=e, everybody does that way, 7uck%C
CTom, "t donEt make no d"fference% 8 a"nEt everybody, and 8 canEt
STA;+ "t% 8tEs awfu to be t"ed up so% And grub comes too easy''8 donEt
take no "nterest "n v"ttes, that way% 8 got to ask to go a'f"sh"ng@ 8
got to ask to go "n a'sw"mm"ng''dernEd "f 8 ha"nEt got to ask to do
everyth"ng% =e, 8Ed got to tak so n"ce "t wasnEt no comfort''8Ed got
to go up "n the att"c and r"p out awh"e, every day, to g"t a taste "n
my mouth, or 8Ed a d"ed, Tom% The w"dder woudnEt et me smoke@ she
woudnEt et me ye, she woudnEt et me gape, nor stretch, nor
scratch, before foks''C /Then w"th a spasm of spec"a "rr"tat"on and
"njury3''CAnd dad fetch "t, she prayed a the t"meD 8 never see such a
womanD 8 7A+ to shove, Tom''8 just had to% And bes"des, that schooEs
go"ng to open, and 8Ed a had to go to "t''we, 8 woudnEt stand T7AT,
Tom% (ooky here, Tom, be"ng r"ch a"nEt what "tEs cracked up to be% 8tEs
just worry and worry, and sweat and sweat, and a'w"sh"ng you was dead
a the t"me% ;ow these cothes su"ts me, and th"s barE su"ts me, and
8 a"nEt ever go"ng to shake Eem any more% Tom, 8 woudnEt ever got "nto
a th"s troube "f "t hadnEt EaE ben for that money@ now you just take
my sheer of "t aong w"th yourEn, and g"mme a ten'center somet"mes''not
many t"mes, becu> 8 donEt g"ve a dern for a th"ng Ethout "tEs toabe
hard to g"t''and you go and beg off for me w"th the w"dder%C
C5h, 7uck, you know 8 canEt do that% ETa"nEt fa"r@ and bes"des "f
youE try th"s th"ng just a wh"e onger youE come to "ke "t%C
C("ke "tD &es''the way 8Ed "ke a hot stove "f 8 was to set on "t ong
enough% ;o, Tom, 8 wonEt be r"ch, and 8 wonEt "ve "n them cussed
smothery houses% 8 "ke the woods, and the r"ver, and hogsheads, and
8E st"ck to Eem, too% Bame "t aD just as weEd got guns, and a
cave, and a just f"Aed to rob, here th"s dern foo"shness has got to
come up and sp"e "t aDC
Tom saw h"s opportun"ty''
C(ookyhere, 7uck, be"ng r"ch a"nEt go"ng to keep me back from turn"ng
C;oD 5h, good'"cks@ are you "n rea dead'wood earnest, TomFC
C9ust as dead earnest as 8Em s"tt"ng here% But 7uck, we canEt et you
"nto the gang "f you a"nEt respectabe, you know%C
7uckEs joy was Buenched%
CCanEt et me "n, TomF +"dnEt you et me go for a p"rateFC
C&es, but thatEs d"fferent% A robber "s more h"gh'toned than what a
p"rate "s''as a genera th"ng% 8n most countr"es theyEre awfu h"gh up
"n the nob""ty''dukes and such%C
C;ow, Tom, ha"nEt you aways ben fr"endy to meF &ou woudnEt shet me
out, woud you, TomF &ou woudnEt do that, now, =5:(+ you, TomFC
C7uck, 8 woudnEt want to, and 8 +5;ET want to''but what woud peope
sayF =hy, theyEd say, E!phD Tom SawyerEs GangD pretty ow characters "n
"tDE TheyEd mean you, 7uck% &ou woudnEt "ke that, and 8 woudnEt%C
7uck was s"ent for some t"me, engaged "n a menta strugge% 6"nay
he sa"d)
C=e, 8E go back to the w"dder for a month and tacke "t and see "f
8 can come to stand "t, "f youE et me bEong to the gang, Tom%C
CA r"ght, 7uck, "tEs a wh">D Come aong, od chap, and 8E ask the
w"dow to et up on you a "tte, 7uck%C
C=" you, Tom''now w" youF ThatEs good% 8f sheE et up on some of
the roughest th"ngs, 8E smoke pr"vate and cuss pr"vate, and crowd
through or bust% =hen you go"ng to start the gang and turn robbersFC
C5h, r"ght off% =eE get the boys together and have the "n"t"at"on
to'n"ght, maybe%C
C7ave the wh"chFC
C7ave the "n"t"at"on%C
C=hatEs thatFC
C8tEs to swear to stand by one another, and never te the gangEs
secrets, even "f youEre chopped a to f"nders, and k" anybody and
a h"s fam"y that hurts one of the gang%C
CThatEs gay''thatEs m"ghty gay, Tom, 8 te you%C
C=e, 8 bet "t "s% And a that swear"ngEs got to be done at
m"dn"ght, "n the onesomest, awfuest pace you can f"nd''a haEnted
house "s the best, but theyEre a r"pped up now%C
C=e, m"dn"ghtEs good, anyway, Tom%C
C&es, so "t "s% And youEve got to swear on a coff"n, and s"gn "t w"th
C;ow, thatEs someth"ng (8<ED =hy, "tEs a m""on t"mes bu"er than
p"rat"ng% 8E st"ck to the w"dder t" 8 rot, Tom@ and "f 8 g"t to be
a regEar r"pper of a robber, and everybody tak"ng Ebout "t, 8 reckon
sheE be proud she snaked me "n out of the wet%C
S5 endeth th"s chron"ce% 8t be"ng str"cty a h"story of a B5&, "t
must stop here@ the story coud not go much further w"thout becom"ng
the h"story of a !A;% =hen one wr"tes a nove about grown peope, he
knows eAacty where to stop''that "s, w"th a marr"age@ but when he
wr"tes of juven"es, he must stop where he best can%
!ost of the characters that perform "n th"s book st" "ve, and are
prosperous and happy% Some day "t may seem worth wh"e to take up the
story of the younger ones aga"n and see what sort of men and women they
turned out to be@ therefore "t w" be w"sest not to revea any of that
part of the"r "ves at present%
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CHAPTER I "TOM!" No answer. "TOM!" No answer. "What's gone with that boy, No answer. The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or never looked THROUGH them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her state pair, the pride of her heart, and were built for "style," not service--she could have seen through a pair of stove-lids just as well. She looked perplexed for a moment, and then said, not fiercely, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear: "Well, I lay if I get hold of you I'll--" She did not finish, for by this time she was bending down and punching under the bed with the broom, and so she needed breath to punctuate the punches with. She resurrected nothing but the cat. "I never did see the beat of that boy!" She went to the open door and stood in it and looked out among the tomato vines and "jimpson" weeds that constituted the garden. No Tom. So she lifted up her voice at an angle calculated for distance and shouted: "Y-o-u-u TOM!" There was a slight noise behind her and she turned just in time to seize a small boy by the slack of his roundabout and arrest his flight. "There! I might 'a' thought of that closet. What you been doing in there?" "Nothing." "Nothing! Look at your hands. And look at your mouth. What IS that truck?" "I don't know, aunt." "Well, I know. It's jam--that's what it is. Forty times I've said if I wonder? You TOM!"

you didn't let that jam alone I'd skin you. Hand me that switch." The switch hovered in the air--the peril was desperate-"My! Look behind you, aunt!" The old lady whirled round, and snatched her skirts out of danger. The lad fled on the instant, scrambled up the high board-fence, and disappeared over it. His aunt Polly stood surprised a moment, and then broke into a gentle laugh. "Hang the boy, can't I never learn anything? Ain't he played me tricks enough like that for me to be looking out for him by this time? But old fools is the biggest fools there is. Can't learn an old dog new tricks, as the saying is. But my goodness, he never plays them alike, two days, and how is a body to know what's coming? He 'pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up, and he knows if he can make out to put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it's all down again and I can't hit him a lick. I ain't doing my duty by that boy, and that's the Lord's truth, goodness knows. Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says. I'm a laying up sin and suffering for us both, I know. He's full of the Old Scratch, but laws-a-me! he's my own dead sister's boy, poor thing, and I ain't got the heart to lash him, somehow. Every time I let him off, my conscience does hurt me so, and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks. Well-a-well, man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble, as the Scripture says, and I reckon it's so. He'll play hookey this evening, * and [* Southwestern for "afternoon"] I'll just be obleeged to make him work, to-morrow, to punish him. It's mighty hard to make him work Saturdays, when all the boys is having holiday, but he hates work more than he hates anything else, and I've GOT to do some of my duty by him, or I'll be the ruination of the child." Tom did play hookey, and he had a very good time. He got back home barely in season to help Jim, the small colored boy, saw next-day's wood and split the kindlings before supper--at least he was there in time to tell his adventures to Jim while Jim did three-fourths of the work. Tom's younger brother (or rather half-brother) Sid was already through with his part of the work (picking up chips), for he was a quiet boy, and had no adventurous, troublesome ways. While Tom was eating his supper, and stealing sugar as opportunity offered, Aunt Polly asked him questions that were full of guile, and very deep--for she wanted to trap him into damaging revealments. Like many other simple-hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to contemplate her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning. Said she: "Tom, it was middling warm in school, warn't it?" "Yes'm." "Powerful warm, warn't it?" "Yes'm."

he had forgotten all his troubles. He opened his jacket. I wish to geeminy she'd stick to one or t'other--I can't keep the run of 'em." In a safe place Tom examined two large needles which were thrust into the lapels of his jacket. but it told him nothing. I reckon you're a kind of a singed cat. He searched Aunt Polly's face. But Sidney said: "Well." "Why. Within two minutes. But I bet you I'll lam Sid for that. as the saying is--better'n you look. But in spite of her. if I didn't think you sewed his collar with white thread." She was half sorry her sagacity had miscarried. I did sew it with white! Tom!" But Tom did not wait for the rest. and had thread bound about them--one needle carried white thread and the other black. Tom. Tom knew where the wind lay. now. As he went out at the door he said: "Siddy. THIS time. He said: "She'd never noticed if it hadn't been for Sid."Didn't you want to go in a-swimming. So he said: "No'm--well. See?" Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence. you didn't have to undo your shirt collar where I sewed it. Not because his troubles were one whit less heavy and bitter to him than a man's are to a man. Confound it! sometimes she sews it with white. and said: "But you ain't too warm now. or even less. go 'long with you." And it flattered her to reflect that she had discovered that the shirt was dry without anybody knowing that that was what she had in her mind. and missed a trick. I'd made sure you'd played hookey and been a-swimming. though. But I forgive ye. Then she had a new inspiration: "Tom. but because a new and powerful interest bore . I'll learn him!" He was not the Model Boy of the village. and sometimes she sews it with black. I'll lick you for that. not very much. He knew the model boy very well though--and loathed him. did you? Unbutton your jacket!" The trouble vanished out of Tom's face. His shirt collar was securely sewed." The old lady reached out her hand and felt Tom's shirt. "Bother! Well. So he forestalled what might be the next move: "Some of us pumped on our heads--mine's damp yet. to pump on your head. now. and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once. but it's black. Tom?" A bit of a scare shot through Tom--a touch of uncomfortable suspicion.

not the astronomer. which he had just acquired from a negro. his close-buttoned blue cloth roundabout was new and natty." "You can't. This new interest was a valued novelty in whistling. I can do it. He had shoes on--and it was only Friday. He felt much as an astronomer feels who has discovered a new planet--no doubt. in a circle." "Can!" "Can't!" An uncomfortable pause. a sort of liquid warble." "No you can't. The more Tom stared at the splendid marvel. He even wore a necktie. The summer evenings were long. the other moved--but only sidewise. deep. the advantage was with the boy. as far as strong." "No you can't. A new-comer of any age or either sex was an impressive curiosity in the poor little shabby village of St. Then Tom said: "What's your name?" "'Tisn't any of your business. and he was suffering to practise it undisturbed. Presently Tom checked his whistle. a bright bit of ribbon. Petersburg. Neither boy spoke. either. This boy was well dressed. and he strode down the street with his mouth full of harmony and his soul full of gratitude." "Well why don't you?" . A stranger was before him--a boy a shade larger than himself. It was not dark." "Yes I can. If one moved. they kept face to face and eye to eye all the time. maybe." "Well I 'low I'll MAKE it my business. produced by touching the tongue to the roof of the mouth at short intervals in the midst of the music--the reader probably remembers how to do it. and so were his pantaloons. It consisted in a peculiar bird-like turn. unalloyed pleasure is concerned. Finally Tom said: "I can lick you!" "I'd like to see you try it. if he has ever been a boy. This was simply astounding. too--well dressed on a week-day.them down and drove them out of his mind for the time--just as men's misfortunes are forgotten in the excitement of new enterprises. He had a citified air about him that ate into Tom's vitals." "I can." "Well. Diligence and attention soon gave him the knack of it. His cap was a dainty thing. yet. the higher he turned up his nose at his finery and the shabbier and shabbier his own outfit seemed to him to grow.

of COURSE you will. After struggling till both were hot and flushed." "Aw--take a walk!" "Say--if you give me much more of your sass I'll take and bounce a rock off'n your head. you think you're mighty smart. There now. each relaxed his strain with watchful caution." "I AIN'T afraid. But neither could get an advantage. if you fool with me." "Well why don't you DO it? You SAY you can do it. now." "Well I WILL. DON'T you? I could lick you with one hand tied behind me." "You're a fighting liar and dasn't take it up. Tom said: "Get away from here!" "Go away yourself!" "I won't." "You are." "You are. DON'T you? Oh." "Much--much--MUCH. and both shoving with might and main." Another pause." "Smarty! You think you're SOME." "Oh. I dare you to knock it off--and anybody that'll take a dare will suck eggs. Presently they were shoulder to shoulder." "Oh."If you say much. ." So they stood." "Oh yes--I've seen whole families in the same fix. I will. and glowering at each other with hate. each with a foot placed at an angle as a brace. and more eying and sidling around each other." "I won't either. what a hat!" "You can lump that hat if you don't like it." "I ain't." "Well why don't you DO it then? What do you keep SAYING you will for? Why don't you DO it? It's because you're afraid." "Well I WILL. if I wanted to." "You're a liar!" "You're another.

you better look out. and I'll lick you till you can't stand up. sobbing. but the enemy only made faces at him through the window and declined. Presently the confusion took form. Tom struck them to the ground." The new boy stepped over promptly. too. He then held a position at the gate for some time." "Well. and I'll make him do it. and he can thrash you with his little finger." To which Tom responded with jeers. At last the enemy's mother appeared. now let's see you do it. The boy only struggled to free himself. he can throw him over that fence. "Holler 'nuff!" said he. gripped together like cats. At last the stranger got out a smothered "'Nuff!" and Tom let him up and said: "Now that'll learn you. He was crying--mainly from rage. Tom chased the traitor home. and ordered him away." "YOUR saying so don't make it so.] "That's a lie. and for the space of a minute they tugged and tore at each other's hair and clothes. daring the enemy to come outside. too. and thus found out where he lived. and occasionally looking back and shaking his head and threatening what he would do to Tom the "next time he caught him out. "Holler 'nuff!"--and the pounding went on. and called Tom a bad. So he went away." "What do I care for your big brother? I've got a brother that's bigger than he is--and what's more.and Tom said: "You're a coward and a pup. Anybody that'll take a dare will steal sheep. and pounding him with his fists. you SAID you'd do it--why don't you do it?" "By jingo! for two cents I WILL do it. threw it and hit him between the shoulders and then turned tail and ran like an antelope. but he said he "'lowed" to "lay" for that boy. vulgar child. I'll tell my big brother on you." The new boy went off brushing the dust from his clothes. seated astride the new boy. snuffling. and through the fog of battle Tom appeared." "Don't you crowd me now. and as soon as his back was turned the new boy snatched up a stone. In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt. and said: "I dare you to step over that. and started off in high feather." The new boy took two broad coppers out of his pocket and held them out with derision. vicious. ." [Both brothers were imaginary. Better look out who you're fooling with next time. punched and scratched each other's nose. and covered themselves with dust and glory. and said: "Now you said you'd do it." Tom drew a line in the dust with his big toe.

reposeful. mulatto. fighting. and sat down on a tree-box discouraged. was green with vegetation and it lay just far enough away to seem a Delectable Land. and inviting. I'll fetch the water if you'll whitewash some. She say she spec' Mars Tom gwine to ax me to whitewash. She talks awful. Ole missis she'd take an' tar de head off'n me. The locust-trees were in bloom and the fragrance of the blossoms filled the air. He surveyed the fence. White. an' so she tole me go 'long an' 'tend to my own business--she 'lowed SHE'D 'tend to de whitewashin'." "Oh. she tole me I got to go an' git dis water an' not stop foolin' roun' wid anybody. And he remembered that although the pump was only a hundred and fifty yards off. repeated the operation. and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. He remembered that there was company at the pump. before. Gimme the bucket--I won't be gone only a a minute.He got home pretty late that night. CHAPTER II SATURDAY morning was come. and singing Buffalo Gals. Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. and when she saw the state his clothes were in her resolution to turn his Saturday holiday into captivity at hard labor became adamantine in its firmness. Jim. and brimming with life. Life to him seemed hollow. I'll give you a marvel. never you mind what she said. and if the heart was young the music issued at the lips. There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step. in the person of his aunt. and when he climbed cautiously in at the window. and existence but a burden. Jim. Ole missis. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Sighing. SHE won't ever know. but now it did not strike him so. and all the summer world was bright and fresh. compared the insignificant whitewashed streak with the far-reaching continent of unwhitewashed fence. There was a song in every heart." "SHE! She never licks anybody--whacks 'em over the head with her thimble--and who cares for that." "Oh. Tom said: "Say. resting. Cardiff Hill. Jim came skipping out at the gate with a tin pail. he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank. he uncovered an ambuscade. Mars Tom. beyond the village and above it. Jim. That's the way she always talks. I dasn't. Jim never got back with a bucket of water under an hour--and even then somebody generally had to go after him. did it again. and negro boys and girls were always there waiting their turns. trading playthings." Jim shook his head and said: "Can't. 'Deed she would. dreamy. I'd like to know. but talk don't hurt--anyways it don't if she don't cry. . Bringing water from the town pump had always been hateful work in Tom's eyes. I'll give you a white alley!" Jim began to waver. quarrelling. Mars Tom. skylarking.

But Tom's energy did not last. He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day. meantime. He took up his brush and went tranquilly to work. enough to buy an exchange of WORK. Ben's gait was the hop-skip-and-jump--proof enough that his heart was light and his anticipations high. and giving a long. and he drew up slowly toward the sidewalk. and his sorrows multiplied. "Stop the stabboard! Ting-a-ling-ling! Stop the labboard! Come ahead on the stabboard! Stop her! Let your outside turn over slow! Ting-a-ling-ling! Chow-ow-ow! Get out that head-line! LIVELY now! Come--out with your spring-line--what're you about there! Take a turn round that stump with the bight of it! Stand by that stage. Tom was whitewashing with vigor. at intervals. Jim! And it's a bully taw. but not half enough to buy so much as half an hour of pure freedom. "Set her back on the stabboard! Ting-a-ling-ling! Chow! ch-chow-wow! Chow!" His right hand. Ben Rogers hove in sight presently--the very boy. whose ridicule he had been dreading. He was boat and captain and engine-bells combined. took the white alley. of all boys." Jim was only human--this attraction was too much for him. maybe. if you will I'll show you my sore toe. Soon the free boys would come tripping along on all sorts of delicious expeditions. leaned far over to starboard and rounded to ponderously and with laborious pomp and circumstance--for he was personating the Big Missouri. So he returned his straitened means to his pocket. and trash. ding-dong-dong. he slackened speed. melodious whoop. He got out his worldly wealth and examined it--bits of toys. In another moment he was flying down the street with his pail and a tingling rear. and gave up the idea of trying to buy the boys. magnificent inspiration. so he had to imagine himself standing on his own hurricane-deck giving the orders and executing them: "Stop her. describing stately circles--for it was representing a forty-foot wheel."White alley. I tell you! But Mars Tom I's powerful 'fraid ole missis--" "And besides. marbles. sir! Ting-a-ling-ling!" The headway ran almost out. and they would make a world of fun of him for having to work--the very thought of it burnt him like fire. followed by a deep-toned ding-dong-dong. "Let her go back on the labboard! Ting-a-lingling! Chow-ch-chow-chow!" The left hand began to describe circles. At this dark and hopeless moment an inspiration burst upon him! Nothing less than a great. for he was personating a steamboat. took the middle of the street. and Aunt Polly was retiring from the field with a slipper in her hand and triumph in her eye. sir! Ting-a-ling-ling! SH'T! S'H'T! SH'T!" . and bent over the toe with absorbing interest while the bandage was being unwound. As he drew near. now--let her go! Done with the engines. He was eating an apple. "Ship up to back! Ting-a-ling-ling!" His arms straightened and stiffened down his sides. He put down his pail. and considered himself to be drawing nine feet of water." "My! Dat's a mighty gay marvel.

it suits Tom Sawyer. Jim wanted to do it. now. but Aunt Polly--well." "No--is that so? Oh come. Ben said: "Hello. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth--stepped back to note the effect--added a touch here and there--criticised the effect again--Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested." Tom considered. but he altered his mind: "No--no--I reckon it wouldn't hardly do. Tom surveyed his last touch with the eye of an artist. Presently he said: "Say. that can do it the way it's got to be done. Tom. was about to consent. she's awful particular about this fence. Tom went on whitewashing--paid no attention to the steamboat. you don't mean to let on that you LIKE it?" The brush continued to move. and answered carelessly: "Well. ain't THAT work?" Tom resumed his whitewashing. let ME whitewash a little. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?" That put the thing in a new light. now--lemme just try. honest injun. hey?" Tom wheeled suddenly and said: "Why. Yes. but he stuck to his work. it's got to be done very careful. is. Tom. I don't see why I oughtn't to like it. but she wouldn't let him. Aunt Polly's awful particular about this fence--right here on the street. You see. maybe two thousand. Sid wanted to do it." "Oh come. more and more absorbed. Ben stared a moment and then said: "Hi-YI! YOU'RE up a stump. Ben. maybe it is. Tom's mouth watered for the apple. All I know. as before. I am. Only just a little--I'd let YOU. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. I reckon there ain't one boy in a thousand. Ben! I warn't noticing. Ben ranged up alongside of him. then he gave his brush another gentle sweep and surveyed the result. if you was me. I'd like to." "Ben. "Like it? Well. it's you.(trying the gauge-cocks). and maybe it ain't. old chap. and she wouldn't ." "Say--I'm going in a-swimming. and said: "What do you call work?" "Why. Don't you wish you could? But of course you'd druther WORK--wouldn't you? Course you would!" Tom contemplated the boy a bit. ain't you!" No answer. you got to work. you know --but if it was the back fence I wouldn't mind and SHE wouldn't.

he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do. If he had been a great and wise philosopher. now don't. a spool cannon. hour after hour. a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through. And when the middle of the afternoon came. six fire-crackers. without knowing it--namely. Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with--and so on. I'm afeard--" "I'll give you ALL of it!" Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face. Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world. like the writer of this book. good. Ben. that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing. By the time Ben was fagged out. He had discovered a great law of human action. a couple of tadpoles. which was bedroom. There are wealthy gentlemen in England who drive four-horse passenger-coaches twenty or thirty miles on a daily line." "Well. He had had a nice. because the privilege costs them considerable money. Now don't you see how I'm fixed? If you was to tackle this fence and anything was to happen to it--" "Oh. There was no lack of material. Now lemme try. but if they were offered wages for the service. CHAPTER III TOM presented himself before Aunt Polly. they came to jeer. the retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by. who was sitting by an open window in a pleasant rearward apartment. twelve marbles. while rolling ten-pins or climbing Mont Blanc is only amusement.let Sid. He had besides the things before mentioned. and a dilapidated old window sash. Tom was literally rolling in wealth. and so on. but remained to whitewash. a brass doorknob. a key that wouldn't unlock anything. a tin soldier. munched his apple. boys happened along every little while. that would turn it into work and then they would resign. and planned the slaughter of more innocents. a kitten with only one eye. after all. but alacrity in his heart. and then wended toward headquarters to report. here--No. a fragment of chalk. breakfast-room. combined. I'll be just as careful. it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. four pieces of orange-peel. The balmy summer . in the summer. shucks. a dog-collar--but no dog--the handle of a knife. from being a poor poverty-stricken boy in the morning. dangled his legs. And while the late steamer Big Missouri worked and sweated in the sun. and library. Say--I'll give you the core of my apple. part of a jews-harp. Tom had traded the next chance to Billy Fisher for a kite. The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances. dining-room. in good repair. and when he played out. idle time all the while--plenty of company --and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it! If he hadn't run out of whitewash he would have bankrupted every boy in the village. a glass stopper of a decanter. And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread-mill is work. and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

along with an improving lecture upon the added value and flavor a treat took to itself when it came without sin through virtuous effort. but mind you get back some time in a week." "Tom. he "hooked" a doughnut. and the drowsing murmur of the bees had had their effect. a'ready? How much have you done?" "It's all done. There was a gate. or I'll tan you. and it was asleep in her lap. and she was nodding over her knitting --for she had no company but the cat. go 'long and play. of Tom's statement true. Tom skirted the block. and not only whitewashed but elaborately coated and recoated. Tom was General of one of these armies. Then the dead were counted. His soul was at peace. and Tom turned homeward alone. She had thought that of course Tom had deserted long ago. And while she closed with a happy Scriptural flourish. . six or seven clods had taken personal effect. She said: "Well. now that he had settled with Sid for calling attention to his black thread and getting him into trouble. the restful quiet. I never! There's no getting round it. I'm bound to say." "I ain't. aunt. "But it's powerful seldom you're a mind to. Tom's army won a great victory. after which the armies fell into line and marched away. her astonishment was almost unspeakable. where two "military" companies of boys had met for conflict." Aunt Polly placed small trust in such evidence. it IS all done." And then she diluted the compliment by adding. the terms of the next disagreement agreed upon. according to previous appointment. aunt. and saw Sid just starting up the outside stairway that led to the back rooms on the second floor. Tom. He said: "Mayn't I go and play now. and came round into a muddy alley that led by the back of his aunt's cow-stable. and even a streak added to the ground. and the day for the necessary battle appointed. aunt?" "What. and she would have been content to find twenty per cent. don't lie to me--I can't bear it. These two great commanders did not condescend to fight in person--that being better suited to the still smaller fry--but sat together on an eminence and conducted the field operations by orders delivered through aides-de-camp. and before Aunt Polly could collect her surprised faculties and sally to the rescue. and hastened toward the public square of the village. after a long and hard-fought battle. the odor of the flowers. Then he skipped out. but as a general thing he was too crowded for time to make use of it. They raged around Sid like a hail-storm.air. and Tom was over the fence and gone. Clods were handy and the air was full of them in a twinkling. She went out to see for herself. Her spectacles were propped up on her gray head for safety. you can work when you're a mind to. Joe Harper (a bosom friend) General of the other. Well. and she wondered at seeing him place himself in her power again in this intrepid way." She was so overcome by the splendor of his achievement that she took him into the closet and selected a choice apple and delivered it to him. When she found the entire fence whitewashed. prisoners exchanged. He presently got safely beyond the reach of capture and punishment.

and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality. meantime. with his poor head full of visions. possibly. A certain Amy Lawrence vanished out of his heart and left not even a memory of herself behind. and then shaded his eyes with his hand and began to look down street as if he had discovered something of interest going on in that direction." "Well. and Sid. and did not seem to mind it in the least. He had been months winning her." He took a good scolding about clodding Sid. anyway. But only for a minute--only while he could button the flower inside his jacket. Tom was in ecstasies. though Tom comforted himself a little with the hope that she had been near some window. with his head tilted far back. but the girl never exhibited herself again. Sid don't torment a body the way you do. He returned. He kept up this grotesque foolishness for some time. But Sid's fingers slipped and the bowl dropped and broke. but by-and-by. He said: "Aunt. now. she had confessed hardly a week ago. he had been the happiest and the proudest boy in the world only seven short days. and as he moved from side to side. and been aware of his attentions. and hung about the fence till nightfall. All through supper his spirits were so high that his aunt wondered "what had got into the child. The boy ran around and stopped within a foot or two of the flower. while he was in the midst of some dangerous gymnastic performances. and got his knuckles rapped for it. "showing off." as before. happy in his immunity. and not hypercritical. and hoping she would tarry yet awhile longer. and he hopped away with the treasure and disappeared round the corner. his pliant toes closed upon it. The fresh-crowned hero fell without firing a shot.As he was passing by the house where Jeff Thatcher lived. and here in one instant of time she had gone out of his heart like a casual stranger whose visit is done. right away. then he pretended he did not know she was present. But his face lit up. in order to win her admiration. he glanced aside and saw that the little girl was wending her way toward the house. you don't whack Sid when he takes it. In such ecstasies that he even . next his heart--or next his stomach. Tom heaved a great sigh as she put her foot on the threshold. He worshipped this new angel with furtive eye. till he saw that she had discovered him. he saw a new girl in the garden--a lovely little blue-eyed creature with yellow hair plaited into two long-tails. in his efforts. he had regarded his passion as adoration. grieving. and began to "show off" in all sorts of absurd boyish ways." Presently she stepped into the kitchen. You'd be always into that sugar if I warn't watching you. for she tossed a pansy over the fence a moment before she disappeared. She halted a moment on the steps and then moved toward the door. he edged nearer and nearer toward the pansy. Presently he picked up a straw and began trying to balance it on his nose. white summer frock and embroidered pantalettes. reached for the sugar-bowl--a sort of glorying over Tom which was wellnigh unbearable. Tom came up to the fence and leaned on it. for he was not much posted in anatomy. He had thought he loved her to distraction. He tried to steal sugar under his aunt's very nose. Finally he strode home reluctantly. finally his bare foot rested upon it.

and his sore heart at rest. He wandered far from the accustomed haunts of boys. He knew that a yearning glance fell upon him. He would hang out no signals. you didn't get a lick amiss. You been into some other audacious mischief when I wasn't around. and sought desolate places that were in harmony with his spirit. perplexed. presently. He so worked upon his feelings with the pathos of these dreams. He pictured himself lying sick unto death and his aunt bending over him beseeching one little forgiving word. what 'er you belting ME for?--Sid broke it!" Aunt Polly paused. that he could only be drowned. and how her tears would fall like rain. she only said: "Umf! Well. and ran down and trickled from the end of his nose. and so. He said to himself that he would not speak a word. and it mightily increased his dismal felicity. now and then. dead. without undergoing the uncomfortable routine devised by nature. never abuse him any more! But he would lie there cold and white and make no sign--a poor little sufferer. He wondered if she would pity him if she knew? Would she cry. He got it out. So she kept silence. How she would throw herself upon him. he got up and moved in clouds and darkness out at one door as she brought song and sunshine in at the other. and die with that word unsaid. A log raft in the river invited him. and his eyes swam in a blur of water. through a film of tears. Tom sulked in a corner and exalted his woes. but he refused recognition of it. when his cousin Mary danced in. that he had to keep swallowing. But when she got her tongue again. Then he thought of his flower. and wish that she had a right to put her arms around his neck and comfort him? Or would she turn coldly away like all the hollow world? This picture brought such an agony of pleasurable . "Now it's coming!" And the next instant he was sprawling on the floor! The potent palm was uplifted to strike again when Tom cried out: "Hold on. I reckon. Ah. even when his aunt came in. and went about her affairs with a troubled heart. and she yearned to say something kind and loving. now." Then her conscience reproached her. like enough. and he was morosely gratified by the consciousness of it. wishing. he would take notice of none. whose griefs were at an end." He was so brimful of exultation that he could hardly hold himself when the old lady came back and stood above the wreck discharging lightnings of wrath from over her spectacles. which overflowed when he winked. and there would be nothing so good in the world as to see that pet model "catch it. how would she feel then? And he pictured himself brought home from the river. and he seated himself on its outer edge and contemplated the dreary vastness of the stream.controlled his tongue and was silent. it was too sacred for such contact. the while. all alive with the joy of seeing home again after an age-long visit of one week to the country. and then he would tell. and her lips pray God to give her back her boy and she would never. he was so like to choke. He knew that in her heart his aunt was on her knees to him. that he could not bear to have any worldly cheeriness or any grating delight intrude upon it. and Tom looked for healing pity. but she judged that this would be construed into a confession that she had been in the wrong. He said to himself. with his curls all wet. but would sit perfectly still till she asked who did the mischief. all at once and unconsciously. And such a luxury to him was this petting of his sorrows. and discipline forbade that. but he would turn his face to the wall. rumpled and wilted.

but if he had any dim idea of making any "references to allusions.suffering that he worked it over and over again in his mind and set it up in new and varied lights. About half-past nine or ten o'clock he came along the deserted street to where the Adored Unknown lived. and Sid made mental note of the omission. welded together with a thin mortar of originality. mingled with the murmur of a curse. as Tom. At the end of half an hour Tom had a vague general idea of his lesson. no loving face to bend pityingly over him when the great agony came. Tom bent all his energies to the memorizing of five verses. CHAPTER IV THE sun rose upon a tranquil world. he paused a moment. a candle was casting a dull glow upon the curtain of a second-story window. lifeless form. and he chose part of the Sermon on the Mount. Sid woke up. no friendly hand to wipe the death-damps from his brow. was surveying his drenched garments by the light of a tallow dip. with his hands clasped upon his breast and holding his poor wilted flower. Was the sacred presence there? He climbed the fence. but no more. because he could find no verses that were shorter. for his mind was traversing the whole field of human thought. Aunt Polly had family worship: it began with a prayer built from the ground up of solid courses of Scriptural quotations. and with emotion. disposing himself upon his back. a sound as of shivering glass followed." he thought better of it and held his peace. and beamed down upon the peaceful village like a benediction. And thus SHE would see him when she looked out upon the glad morning. he looked up at it long. There was a whiz as of a missile in the air. and oh! would she drop one little tear upon his poor. At last he rose up sighing and departed in the darkness. Breakfast over. no sound fell upon his listening ear. And thus he would die--out in the cold world. threaded his stealthy way through the plants. Then Tom girded up his loins. till he wore it threadbare. Not long after. and from the summit of this she delivered a grim chapter of the Mosaic Law. for there was danger in Tom's eye. and he tried to find his way through the fog: "Blessed are the--a--a--" . with no shelter over his homeless head. would she heave one little sigh to see a bright young life so rudely blighted. and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr's remains! The strangling hero sprang up with a relieving snort." Sid had learned his lesson days before. then he laid him down on the ground under it. Mary took his book to hear him recite. Tom turned in without the added vexation of prayers. as from Sinai. vague form went over the fence and shot away in the gloom. and his hands were busy with distracting recreations. and a small. a maid-servant's discordant voice profaned the holy calm. and went to work to "get his verses. so to speak. till he stood under that window. all undressed for bed. so untimely cut down? The window went up.

for they--they--" "Sh--" "For they--a--" "S. SHALL! for they shall--for they shall--a--a--shall mourn--a--a-blessed are they that shall--they that--a--they that shall mourn. you poor thick-headed thing. Water won't hurt . tell me what it is. You must go and learn it again." "Never you mind. when he was called off to dress for Sunday-school. Tom. H. for they--they--" "THEIRS--" "For THEIRS. poured out the water on the ground. but it was a "sure-enough" Barlow. blessed are the poor in spirit. Mary gave him a brand-new "Barlow" knife worth twelve and a half cents." And he did "tackle it again"--and under the double pressure of curiosity and prospective gain he did it with such spirit that he accomplished a shining success."Poor"-"Yes--poor. There. True. I wouldn't do that. and he went outside the door and set the basin on a little bench there. that's a good boy. Don't you be discouraged. you'll manage it--and if you do. But Mary removed the towel and said: "Now ain't you ashamed. I'll give you something ever so nice." "You bet you that's so. blessed are the poor--a--a--" "In spirit--" "In spirit. H--Oh. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. You mustn't be so bad. Blessed are they that mourn. A--" "For they S. Mary. I'm not teasing you. now. Tom. All right. gently. it is nice. for they shall--a--shall WHAT? Why don't you tell me. I'll tackle it again." "All right! What is it. Tom. turned up his sleeves. and the convulsion of delight that swept his system shook him to his foundations. Mary gave him a tin basin of water and a piece of soap. and then entered the kitchen and began to wipe his face diligently on the towel behind the door. perhaps. Mary?--what do you want to be so mean for?" "Oh. then he dipped the soap in the water and laid it down. and there was inconceivable grandeur in that--though where the Western boys ever got the idea that such a weapon could possibly be counterfeited to its injury is an imposing mystery and will always remain so. the knife would not cut anything. I don't know what it is!" "SHALL!" "Oh. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Tom contrived to scarify the cupboard with it. and was arranging to begin on the bureau. Mary. You know if I say it's nice. Tom.

The basin was refilled. and the other always remained too--for stronger reasons. But when he emerged from the towel. He was fully as uncomfortable as he looked. without distinction of color. uncushioned pews would seat about three hundred persons. He waylaid other . like a mask. The church's high-backed. But Mary said. he was not yet satisfactory. persuasively: "Please. for there was a restraint about whole clothes and cleanliness that galled him. When he entered the kitchen presently. the edifice was but a small. brushed him off and crowned him with his speckled straw hat.] Then Mary got out a suit of his clothing that had been used only on Sundays during two years--they were simply called his "other clothes"--and so by that we know the size of his wardrobe. and his own filled his life with bitterness. gathering resolution. They were satisfactory. Mary was soon ready. and some small trifle or other for a couple of blue ones." "What'll you take for her?" "What'll you give?" "Piece of lickrish and a fish-hook. and brought them out. and its short curls wrought into a dainty and symmetrical general effect. but Sid and Mary were fond of it. with labor and difficulty. with both eyes shut and groping for the towel with his hands. Sabbath-school hours were from nine to half-past ten. and his saturated hair was neatly brushed. for the clean territory stopped short at his chin and his jaws. He hoped that Mary would forget his shoes. and when she was done with him he was a man and a brother. got a yaller ticket?" "Yes. turned his vast shirt collar down over his shoulders. At the door Tom dropped back a step and accosted a Sunday-dressed comrade: "Say. Two of the children always remained for the sermon voluntarily. Then Tom traded a couple of white alleys for three red tickets. The girl "put him to rights" after he had dressed himself." So he got into the shoes snarling. [He privately smoothed out the curls. He now looked exceedingly improved and uncomfortable. with a sort of pine board tree-box on top of it for a steeple. she coated them thoroughly with tallow. took in a big breath and began. an honorable testimony of suds and water was dripping from his face. plain affair." Tom exhibited. Mary took him in hand. and the three children set out for Sunday-school--a place that Tom hated with his whole below and beyond this line there was a dark expanse of unirrigated soil that spread downward in front and backward around his neck." Tom was a trifle disconcerted. but the hope was blighted. and this time he stood over it a little while. she buttoned his neat roundabout up to his chin. and plastered his hair close down to his head." "Less see 'em. and the property changed hands. for he held curls to be effeminate. as was the custom. Tom--that's a good boy. He lost his temper and said he was always being made to do everything he didn't want to do. Billy. and then church service.

and he was little better than an idiot from that day forth--a grievous misfortune for the school. in order to hear him say "Ouch!" and got a new reprimand from his teacher. and had fringed ends. is a mystery: for neither the hymn-book nor the sheet of music is ever referred to by the sufferer. like sleigh-runners--an effect patiently and laboriously produced by the young men by sitting with their toes pressed against a wall for hours together. with a swarm of clean and noisy boys and girls. the successful pupil was so great and conspicuous for that day that on the spot every scholar's heart was fired with a fresh ambition that often lasted a couple of weeks. and went on buying tickets of various colors ten or fifteen minutes longer. he wore a stiff standing-collar whose upper edge almost reached his ears and whose sharp points curved forward abreast the corners of his mouth--a fence that compelled a straight lookout ahead. and commanded attention. However. a hymn-book in the hand is as necessary as is the inevitable sheet of music in the hand of a singer who stands forward on the platform and sings a solo at a concert --though why. elderly man.boys as they came. How many of my readers would have the industry and application to memorize two thousand verses. and he held sacred things and places in such reverence. his chin was propped on a spreading cravat which was as broad and as long as a bank-note. even for a Dore Bible? And yet Mary had acquired two Bibles in this way--it was the patient work of two years--and a boy of German parentage had won four or five. When a Sunday-school superintendent makes his customary little speech. and each got his reward--in small blue tickets. It is possible that Tom's mental stomach had never really hungered for one of those prizes. they worried through. When they came to recite their lessons. his boot toes were turned sharply up. for on great occasions. but had to be prompted all along. with a sandy goatee and short sandy hair. proceeded to his seat and started a quarrel with the first boy that came handy. with a closed hymn-book in his hand and his forefinger inserted between its leaves. This superintendent was a slim creature of thirty-five. presently." Only the older pupils managed to keep their tickets and stick to their tedious work long enough to get a Bible. then turned his back a moment and Tom pulled a boy's hair in the next bench. Tom's whole class were of a pattern--restless. but the strain upon his mental faculties was too great. before company. but unquestionably his entire being had for many a day longed for the glory and the eclat that came with it. for ten yellow tickets the superintendent gave a very plainly bound Bible (worth forty cents in those easy times) to the pupil. and could be exchanged for it. and so separated them from worldly matters. each with a passage of Scripture on it. in the fashion of the day. a grave. that unconsciously to himself his Sunday-school voice had acquired a peculiar intonation which was wholly absent on week-days. interfered. not one of them knew his verses perfectly. now. He began after this fashion: . the superintendent (as Tom expressed it) had always made this boy come out and "spread himself. noisy. The teacher. Mr. and was absorbed in his book when the boy turned around. He once recited three thousand verses without stopping. and troublesome. ten red tickets equalled a yellow one. He entered the church. Ten blue tickets equalled a red one. and so the delivery of one of these prizes was a rare and noteworthy circumstance. Walters was very earnest of mien. each blue ticket was pay for two verses of the recitation. and very sincere and honest at heart. In due course the superintendent stood up in front of the pulpit. stuck a pin in another boy. and a turning of the whole body when a side view was required.

It is not necessary to set down the rest of the oration. Walters' voice. making faces--in a word. Jeff Thatcher immediately went forward. don't you wish you was Jeff?" Mr. I want you all to sit up just as straight and pretty as you can and give me all your attention for a minute or two. to be familiar with the great man and be envied by the school. [Applausive titter. and so it is familiar to us all." And so forth and so on. It would have been music to his soul to hear the whisperings: "Look at him. with the subsidence of Mr. under the waves of happiness that were sweeping over it now. twelve miles away--so he had travelled. He was from Constantinople. It was of a pattern which does not vary. His exaltation had but one alloy--the memory of his humiliation in this angel's garden--and that record in sand was fast washing out. The visitors were given the highest seat of honor. Say--look! he's a going to shake hands with him--he IS shaking hands with him! By jings. The lady was leading a child. There --that is it. he introduced them to the school. washing even to the bases of isolated and incorruptible rocks like Sid and Mary. middle-aged gentleman with iron-gray hair. That is the way good little boys and girls should do. a fine. children. using every art that seemed likely to fascinate a girl and win her applause. too--he could not meet Amy Lawrence's eye. I see one little girl who is looking out of the window--I am afraid she thinks I am out there somewhere--perhaps up in one of the trees making a speech to the little birds. The latter third of the speech was marred by the resumption of fights and other recreations among certain of the bad boys. Tom had been restless and full of chafings and repinings. too. everywhere that he could find a target. brother of their own lawyer. Walters' speech was finished. discharging directions here. and seen the world--these very eyes had looked upon the county court-house--which was said to have a tin roof. clean little faces assembled in a place like this. But now every sound ceased suddenly. The librarian "showed off"--running hither and thither with his arms full of books and making a deal of the splutter and fuss that . and by fidgetings and whisperings that extended far and wide. The awe which these reflections inspired was attested by the impressive silence and the ranks of staring eyes. portly. and were half afraid he might. and the conclusion of the speech was received with a burst of silent gratitude.] I want to tell you how good it makes me feel to see so many bright. learning to do right and be good. But when he saw this small new-comer his soul was all ablaze with bliss in a moment. and as soon as Mr. This was the great Judge Thatcher. Walters fell to "showing off. conscience-smitten. giving orders. The middle-aged man turned out to be a prodigious personage--no less a one than the county judge--altogether the most august creation these children had ever looked upon--and they wondered what kind of material he was made of--and they half wanted to hear him roar. Jim! He's a going up there. delivering judgments. The next moment he was "showing off" with all his might --cuffing boys. accompanied by a very feeble and aged man. he could not brook her loving gaze. A good part of the whispering had been occasioned by an event which was more or less rare--the entrance of visitors: lawyer Thatcher. and a dignified lady who was doubtless the latter's wife."Now. there. pulling hair." with all sorts of official bustlings and activities.

and that was a chance to deliver a Bible-prize and exhibit a prodigy. his heart quaked--partly because of the awful greatness of the man. and angry. The Judge put his hand on Tom's head and called him a fine little man. by the pulpit. The young lady teachers "showed off" --bending sweetly over pupils that were lately being boxed. but his tongue was tied. lifting pretty warning fingers at bad little boys and patting good ones lovingly. Amy Lawrence was proud and glad. It was the most stunning surprise of the decade. and so profound was the sensation that it lifted the new hero up to the judicial one's altitude. The prize was delivered to Tom with as much effusion as the superintendent could pump up under the circumstances. nine red tickets. and they were good for their face. as being the dupes of a wily fraud." too. There was only one thing wanting to make Mr. Tom was therefore elevated to a place with the Judge and the other elect. He would have liked to fall down and worship him. a furtive glance told her worlds--and then her heart broke. The young gentlemen teachers "showed off" with small scoldings and other little displays of authority and fine attention to discipline--and most of the teachers. and demanded a Bible. and she was jealous. Tom Sawyer came forward with nine yellow tickets. The boys were all eaten up with envy--but those that suffered the bitterest pangs were those who perceived too late that they themselves had contributed to this hated splendor by trading tickets to Tom for the wealth he had amassed in selling whitewashing privileges. Tom most of all (she thought). now. The little girls "showed off" in various ways. but mainly because he was her parent. if it were in the dark. without a doubt. found business up at the library. a guileful snake in the grass. And now at this moment. These despised themselves. The boy stammered. Walters' ecstasy complete. of both sexes. But there was no getting around it--here were the certified checks. and warmed himself in the sun of his own grandeur--for he was "showing off. And above it all the great man sat and beamed a majestic judicial smile upon all the house. gasped. then she was just a grain troubled. This was a thunderbolt out of a clear sky. He would have given worlds. and got it out: . Several pupils had a few yellow tickets.insect authority delights in. Tom was introduced to the Judge. She wondered. and the little boys "showed off" with such diligence that the air was thick with paper wads and the murmur of scufflings. and the great news was announced from headquarters. she watched. next a dim suspicion came and went--came again. and asked him what his name was. but it lacked somewhat of the true gush. and she tried to make Tom see it in her face--but he wouldn't look. perhaps. it was simply preposterous that this boy had warehoused two thousand sheaves of Scriptural wisdom on his premises--a dozen would strain his capacity. and the tears came and she hated everybody. but none had enough --he had been around among the star pupils inquiring. and it was business that frequently had to be done over again two or three times (with much seeming vexation). to have that German lad back again with a sound mind. and the school had two marvels to gaze upon in place of one. his breath would hardly come. for the poor fellow's instinct taught him that there was a mystery here that could not well bear the light. and ten blue ones. Walters was not expecting an application from this source for the next ten years. when hope was dead.

Won't you tell us the names of the first two that were appointed?" Tom was tugging at a button-hole and now. and watched over me. "The names of the first two disciples were--" "DAVID AND GOLIAH!" Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene. for knowledge is worth more than anything there is in the world." "Ah. very great many. some day. Mr."Tom. so as to be under supervision. who encouraged me." "Thomas Sawyer--sir. Now. won't you?" "Tell the gentleman your other name." said Walters. and presently the people began to gather for the morning sermon. "Now I know you'll tell me. That's very well. Two thousand verses is a great many--very. Aunt Polly came. and Tom and Sid and Mary sat with her--Tom being placed . You mustn't forget your manners. manly little fellow. you'll be a great man and a good man yourself. no. no doubt you know the names of all the twelve disciples. Fine. Walters' himself. it is not possible that the question--why DID the Judge ask him? and say: looking sheepish." "Oh. Thomas. and then you'll look back and say. and gave me a beautiful Bible--a splendid elegant Bible--to keep and have it all for my own. and you'll tell it to me. maybe. CHAPTER V ABOUT half-past ten the cracked bell of the small church began to ring." Tom still hung fire. It's all owing to the precious Sunday-school privileges of my boyhood--it's all owing to my dear teachers that taught me to learn--it's all owing to the good superintendent. He said to boy can answer the simplest Yet he felt obliged to speak up "Answer the gentleman. and his eyes fell. it's what makes great men and good men. The Sunday-school children distributed themselves about the house and occupied pews with their parents. And you never can be sorry for the trouble you took to learn them. always--it's all owing to right bringing up! That is what you will say. heart sank within him. He blushed. Thomas--and you wouldn't take any money for those two thousand verses--no indeed you wouldn't. not Tom--it is--" "Thomas." said the lady. that's it. "and say sir." "That's it! That's a good boy. Thomas--don't be afraid. And now you wouldn't mind telling me and this lady some of the things you've learned--no. But you've another one I daresay. I know you wouldn't--for we are proud of little boys that learn. Fine boy. Thomas. I thought there was more to it.

There was once a church choir that was not ill-bred. lawyer Riverson. and forty. now. and last of all came the Model Boy. The minister gave out the hymn. the justice of the peace. and read off "notices" of meetings and societies and things till it seemed that the list would stretch out to the crack of doom--a queer custom which is still kept up in America. even in cities. till the last girl had run their gantlet. as usual on Sundays--accidentally. it is too beautiful. on flow'ry BEDS of ease. and the little children of the church. for the State officers. The boys all hated him. Sprague turned himself into a bulletin-board. and "wall" their eyes. a generous. taking as heedful care of his mother as if she were cut glass. And besides. and shake their heads. the ladies would lift up their hands and let them fall helplessly in their laps. smart. Often. The choir always tittered and whispered all through service. now. and he looked upon boys who had as snobs. who had seen better days. The congregation being fully assembled. Mr. followed by a troop of lawn-clad and ribbon-decked young heart-breakers. Petersburg could boast. and then a solemn hush fell upon the church which was only broken by the tittering and whispering of the choir in the gallery. Whilst others fight to win the prize. And now the minister prayed. for the State. for the other churches of the village. and when he was through. for the United . Willie Mufferson. among other unnecessaries. away here in this age of abundant newspapers. He always brought his mother to the aisle. a circling wall of oiled and simpering admirers. and was the pride of all the matrons. in a peculiar style which was much admired in that part of the country. he had been "thrown up to them" so much. as much as to say. the widow Douglass. the bent and venerable Major and Mrs." After the hymn had been sung. It was a great many years ago. good-hearted soul and well-to-do. His white handkerchief was hanging out of his pocket behind. and went into details: it pleaded for the church. the less there is to justify a traditional custom. next the belle of the village. the Rev. and the most hospitable and much the most lavish in the matter of festivities that St. His voice began on a medium key and climbed steadily up till it reached a certain point. At church "sociables" he was always called upon to read poetry. and read it through with a relish. the mayor and his wife--for they had a mayor there. the bell rang once more. "Words cannot express it. the harder it is to get rid of it. Tom had no handkerchief. Ward. he was so good. her hill mansion the only palace in the town. The crowd filed up the aisles: the aged and needy postmaster. for the village itself. to warn laggards and stragglers. but I have forgotten where it was. and I can scarcely remember anything about it. in order that he might be as far away from the open window and the seductive outside summer scenes as possible. generous prayer it was. for the county. fair. A good. then all the young clerks in town in a body--for they had stood in the vestibule sucking their cane-heads. and sail thro' BLOODY seas? He was regarded as a wonderful reader. where it bore with strong emphasis upon the topmost word and then plunged down as if from a spring-board: Shall I be car-ri-ed toe the skies. TOO beautiful for this mortal earth. but I think it was in some foreign country. the new notable from a distance.

he considered additions unfair. and the clergyman's regular route over it--and when a little trifle of new matter was interlarded. and the hurt finger went into the boy's mouth. His aunt detected the act and made him let it go. the lesson. Amen. and the standing congregation sat down. as the dry argument was resumed. embracing its head with its arms. But the pathos. Now he lapsed into suffering again. going through its whole toilet as tranquilly as if it knew it was perfectly safe. for as sorely as Tom's hands itched to grab for it they did not dare--he believed his soul would be instantly destroyed if he did such a thing while the prayer was going on. There was a rustling of dresses. for the President. The minister made a grand and moving picture of the assembling together of the world's hosts at the millennium when the lion and the lamb should lie down together and a little child should lead them. and they eyed it too. It was in a percussion-cap box. The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod --and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and thinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving. The boy whose history this book relates did not enjoy the prayer. his ear detected it and his whole nature resented it. but it was safe out of his reach. and yet have not eyes to see nor ears to hear withal. he only thought of the conspicuousness of the principal character before the on-looking nations. The first thing the beetle did was to take him by the finger. his face lit with the thought. and the instant the "Amen" was out the fly was a prisoner of war. this time he was really interested for a little while. Tom eyed it. the beetle went floundering into the aisle and lit on its back. and polishing it so vigorously that it seemed to almost part company with the body. and be as seed sown in fertile ground. and scoundrelly. after church he always knew how many pages there had been. and longed for it. Presently a vagrant poodle dog came idling along. and closed with a supplication that the words he was about to speak might find grace and favor. It was a large black beetle with formidable jaws--a "pinchbug. if it was a tame lion. He was restive all through it. tossed by stormy seas. for the officers of the Government. lazy with the summer softness and . for the churches of the United States. for Congress. As indeed it was. sad at heart. In the midst of the prayer a fly had lit on the back of the pew in front of him and tortured his spirit by calmly rubbing its hands together. unconsciously --for he was not listening. for such as have the light and the good tidings. but he knew the ground of old. and he said to himself that he wished he could be that child. However. and the slender thread of a neck was exposed to view. for the oppressed millions groaning under the heel of European monarchies and Oriental despotisms. Presently he bethought him of a treasure he had and got it out. the moral of the great spectacle were lost upon the boy. unable to turn over. he kept tally of the details of the prayer. The beetle lay there working its helpless legs. But with the closing sentence his hand began to curve and steal forward. Other people uninterested in the sermon found relief in the beetle. scraping its wings with its hind legs and smoothing them to its body as if they had been coat-tails. for the heathen in the far islands of the sea. Tom counted the pages of the sermon." he called it. he only endured it--if he even did that much. for poor sailors.States. but he seldom knew anything else about the discourse. A natural fillip followed. yielding in time a grateful harvest of good.

grew weary at last. The neighboring spectators shook with a gentle inward joy. lighting with his fore-paws within an inch of the creature. and the voice of distress quickly thinned away and died in the distance. By this time the whole church was red-faced and suffocating with suppressed laughter. Monday morning always found him so--because it began another week's slow suffering in school. and took a closer smell. too. he crossed before the doors. and then indifferent and absent-minded. till presently he was but a woolly comet moving in its orbit with the gleam and the speed of light. he flew down the other aisle. but it went lame and halting. he flung it out of the window. forgot the beetle entirely. So he went to the beetle and began a wary attack on it again. followed an ant around. The dog looked foolish. CHAPTER VI MONDAY morning found Tom Sawyer miserable. the yelps continued. he clamored up the home-stretch. subsided to his stomach with the beetle between his paws. He had but one marring thought. under cover of some remote pew-back. jumping at it from every point of a circle. his anguish grew with his progress. for even the gravest sentiments were constantly being received with a smothered burst of unholy mirth. weary of captivity. He generally began that day with wishing he had had no intervening holiday. he was willing that the dog should play with his pinchbug. and Tom was entirely happy. several faces went behind fans and handkerchiefs. thinking to himself that there was some satisfaction about divine service when there was a bit of variety in it. just missing it. Tom Sawyer went home quite cheerful. Then there was a wild yelp of agony and the poodle went sailing up the aisle. and quickly wearied of that.the quiet. smelt at it from a safe distance. Presently it occurred to him that he wished he was . tried to amuse himself with a fly but found no relief. then lifted his lip and made a gingerly snatch at it. and the beetle fell a couple of yards away. and the sermon had come to a dead standstill. and a craving for revenge. walked around it again. he crossed the house in front of the altar. made another. The discourse was resumed presently. and sprang into its master's lap. it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious. but there was resentment in his heart. But he grew tired once more. and another. It was a genuine relief to the whole congregation when the ordeal was over and the benediction pronounced. He spied the beetle. and so did the dog. walked around it. making even closer snatches at it with his teeth. yawned. Tom lay thinking. and sat down on it. He surveyed the prize. the drooping tail lifted and wagged. as if the poor parson had said a rarely facetious thing. after a while. grew bolder. His head nodded. and jerking his head till his ears flapped again. and continued his experiments. There was a sharp yelp. with his nose close to the floor. a flirt of the poodle's head. all possibility of impressiveness being at an end. sighed. but he did not think it was upright in him to carry it off. who seized it. and lit on its back once more. began to enjoy the diversion. sighing for change. and little by little his chin descended and touched the enemy. and probably felt so. At last the frantic sufferer sheered from its course.

and began to stare at Tom. So the boy eagerly drew his sore toe from under the sheet and held it up for inspection. Tom? I must call auntie. But Sid slept on unconscious. So he thought he would hold the tooth in reserve for the present. Sid!" and shook him. Sid. When I'm gone--" "Oh. and seek further. Tom. No ailment was found. are you? Don't. No result from Sid. Sid. you ain't dying. and that would hurt. How long you been this way?" "Hours." "Tom. you . Sid said: "Tom! Say. maybe. One of his upper front teeth was loose. Tom. he was about to begin to groan. don't stir so.] Tell 'em so. Sid snored on. He reflected further. This was lucky. Tom was aggravated. Maybe--" "I forgive everybody. Don't call anybody. This time he thought he could detect colicky symptoms. why didn't you wake me sooner? Oh. when it occurred to him that if he came into court with that argument. Tom moaned out: "Oh. Sid. However. Don't joggle me. [Groan. And Sid. Suddenly he discovered something. Tom was panting with his exertions by this time. Tom! TOM! What is the matter. Tom!" [No response. Sid. and he began to encourage them with considerable hope. it seemed well worth while to chance it. Tom. "Sid. Tom went on groaning. This course worked well. and he investigated again. It'll be over by and by. his aunt would pull it out." "Why. Tom groaned louder. He canvassed his system. Tom--oh. Tom?" And he shook him and looked in his face anxiously. Sid yawned. it's awful.] "Here. stretched. But now he did not know the necessary symptoms. Ouch! Oh. then he could stay home from school. and fancied that he began to feel pain in the toe. then brought himself up on his elbow with a snort. He took a rest and then swelled himself up and fetched a succession of admirable groans." as he called it. you'll kill me. Sid.sick. Tom. and then he remembered hearing the doctor tell about a certain thing that laid up a patient for two or three weeks and threatened to make him lose a finger. don't. DON'T! It makes my flesh crawl to hear you. [Groan. He said. so he fell to groaning with considerable spirit. don't. what's the matter. Nothing offered for some little time. But they soon grew feeble." "But I must! DON'T groan so. as a "starter. and presently died wholly away. and Tom began to groan again. what is the matter?" "I forgive you everything." "No--never mind.] Everything you've ever done to me. Here was a vague possibility.

then cried a little. I'm--" "What's the matter with you--what is the matter with you. This restored her and she said: "Tom. Sid flew down-stairs and said: "Oh. child?" "Oh. And her face grew white. Open your mouth. auntie. and he said: "Aunt Polly. auntie. Mary. Please don't. and it aches perfectly awful." By this time the dental instruments were . now. it SEEMED mortified. Aunt Polly. Tom! Tom. too.give my window-sash and my cat with one eye to that new girl that's come to town." "Your tooth. and a chunk of fire out of the kitchen. my sore toe's mortified!" The old lady sank down into a chair and laughed a little. there." "There. Tom." "Oh. auntie. Tom was suffering in reality. but you're not going to die about that. get me a silk thread. I love you so. Well--your tooth IS loose. Don't wait--come quick!" "Rubbage! I don't believe it!" But she fled up-stairs. you don't. now. what a turn you did give me. so handsomely was his imagination working. and tell her--" But Sid had snatched his clothes and gone. don't you? So all this row was because you thought you'd get to stay home from school and go a-fishing? Tom." Tom said: "Oh. The boy felt a little foolish. with Sid and Mary at her heels. It don't hurt any more. please. indeed! What's the matter with your tooth?" "One of them's loose. don't begin that groaning again. what's the matter with you?" "Oh. When she reached the bedside she gasped out: "You. I wish I may never stir if it does. Now you shut up that nonsense and climb out of this. I don't want to stay home from school. auntie. and so his groans had gathered quite a genuine tone. don't pull it out." The groans ceased and the pain vanished from the toe. and her lip trembled. then did both together. and you seem to try every way you can to break my old heart with your outrageousness. nevertheless. and it hurt so I never minded my tooth at all. come! Tom's dying!" "Dying!" "Yes'm.

and they were in perennial bloom and fluttering with rags. hampered. and delighted in his forbidden society. Huckleberry was always dressed in the cast-off clothes of full-grown men.ready. the fringed legs dragged in the dirt when not rolled up. at his own free will. Where'd you get him?" "Bought him off'n a boy. respectable boy in St. because he was idle and lawless and vulgar and bad--and because all their children admired him so. Tom was like the rest of the respectable boys. My. Petersburg." "What's that you got?" "Dead cat. he could swear wonderfully. he was the envy of every boy he met because the gap in his upper row of teeth enabled him to expectorate in a new and admirable way. he could go fishing or swimming when and where he chose. but another boy said. and wished they dared to be like him. or call any being master or obey anybody. now. So he played with him every time he got a chance. and shorn of his glory. Huckleberry was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town. He slept on doorsteps in fine weather and in empty hogsheads in wet. he was always the first boy that went barefoot in the spring and the last to resume leather in the fall. The old lady made one end of the silk thread fast to Tom's tooth with a loop and tied the other to the bedpost. and stay as long as it suited him. when he wore one. he could sit up as late as he pleased. and he said with a disdain which he did not feel that it wasn't anything to spit like Tom Sawyer. he never had to wash. Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village. he's pretty stiff. Huckleberry Finn. In a word. nor put on clean clothes. nobody forbade him to fight. the seat of the trousers bagged low and contained nothing. "Sour grapes!" and he wandered away a dismantled hero. He gathered quite a following of lads interested in the exhibition. hung nearly to his heels and had the rearward buttons far down the back. but one suspender supported his trousers. everything that goes to make life precious that boy had." "What did you give?" ." "Lemme see him. Huckleberry!" "Hello yourself. in that he envied Huckleberry his gaudy outcast condition. Huck. As Tom wended to school after breakfast. and was under strict orders not to play with him. So thought every harassed. His hat was a vast ruin with a wide crescent lopped out of its brim. son of the town drunkard. The tooth hung dangling by the bedpost. and one that had cut his finger and had been a centre of fascination and homage up to this time. Huckleberry came and went. he did not have to go to school or to church. But all trials bring their compensations. Tom hailed the romantic outcast: "Hello. his coat. and see how you like it. His heart was heavy. now found himself suddenly without an adherent. Then she seized the chunk of fire and suddenly thrust it almost into the boy's face.

But Bob Tanner did. and Johnny told Jim Hollis. and just as it's midnight you back up against the stump and jam your hand in and say: 'Barley-corn. barley-corn. he took and dipped his hand in a rotten stump where the rain-water was." "Did he say anything?" "I don't reckon he did. Least I reckon so." "Where'd you get the blue ticket?" "Bought it off'n Ben Rogers two weeks ago for a hoop-stick. Spunk-water. I don't know HIM. and Jeff told Johnny Baker." "Why. spunk-water. he told Jeff Thatcher."I give a blue ticket and a bladder that I got at the slaughter-house. eleven steps." "I bet you don't. with your eyes shut." "With his face to the stump?" "Yes. Huck. Leastways all but the nigger. and Ben told a nigger." ." "Who told you so!" "Why." "In the daytime?" "Certainly. spunk-water. I don't know. Shucks! Now you tell me how Bob Tanner done it. injun-meal shorts." "No! Is that so? I know something that's better. and Jim told Ben Rogers. What is it?" "Why. I hain't. Because if you speak the charm's busted. and then turn around three times and walk home without speaking to anybody." "Spunk-water! I wouldn't give a dern for spunk-water. Huck?" "Good for? Cure warts with. where you know there's a spunk-water stump.' and then walk away quick." "You wouldn't. There now!" "Well. what of it? They'll all lie. wouldn't you? D'you ever try it?" "No." "Aha! Talk about trying to cure warts with spunk-water such a blame fool way as that! Why. that ain't a-going to do any good. swaller these warts. to the middle of the woods. You got to go all by yourself." "Say--what is dead cats good for. But I never see a nigger that WOULDN'T lie. and the nigger told me.

and when it's midnight a devil will come." "Well. they're a-witching you. I reckon it's so. He come along one day. and he wouldn't have a wart on him if he'd knowed how to work spunk-water. Huck?" "No." "No." "Sounds right. I KNOW she is. 'Devil follow corpse. so he took up a rock. though when you're burying it if you say 'Down bean." "Why. I play with frogs so much that I've always got considerable many warts. easy. cat follow devil. but that ain't the way Bob Tanner done. you can bet he didn't. Becuz they say she's a witch. becuz he's the wartiest boy in this town."Well." "Say. you can only hear something like the wind." "Yes. trying to fetch the other piece to it. that sounds like a good way. and when they're taking that feller away. Pap says so his own self. when you going to try the cat?" "To-night. I've done that. Becuz when they mumble they're saying the Lord's Prayer backards. and if she hadn't dodged. bean's good. or maybe two or three. sir." "Yes. that's awful. That's the way Joe Harper does. that's it. and he see she was a-witching him. but old Mother Hopkins told me. Huck. Hucky." "Have you? What's your way?" "You take and split the bean. Well. She witched pap. Sometimes I take 'em off with a bean. he'd a got her. Pap says when they keep looking at you right stiddy. and then you burn up the rest of the bean. D'you ever try it. but you can't see 'em. come no more to bother me!' it's better. Didn't they get him Saturday night?" . that very night he rolled off'n a shed wher' he was a layin drunk. and cut the wart so as to get some blood. off wart. pap can tell. and pretty soon off she comes." "But they buried him Saturday. Tom. I've took off thousands of warts off of my hands that way." "Say! Why. and broke his arm. then. How did he know she was a-witching him?" "Lord. I reckon they'll come after old Hoss Williams to-night. Huck--that's it. I'm done with ye!' That'll fetch ANY wart. warts follow cat. you heave your cat after 'em and say. But say--how do you cure 'em with dead cats?" "Why. and so that helps the blood to draw the wart. or maybe hear 'em talk. and he's been nearly to Coonville and most everywheres. You see that piece that's got the blood on it will keep drawing and drawing. Specially if they mumble. and then you put the blood on one piece of the bean and take and dig a hole and bury it 'bout midnight at the crossroads in the dark of the moon. you take your cat and go and get in the graveyard 'long about midnight when somebody that was wicked has been buried.

I couldn't meow that night. Last time. This is a pretty early tick. with the manner of one who had come with all honest speed. "it's a trade. Huck--I'll give you my tooth for him. At last he said: "Is it genuwyne?" Tom lifted his lip and showed the vacancy. I don't reckon. The temptation was very strong. It's a good enough tick for me." "Sho. anybody can run a tick down that don't belong to them."Why. I don't want to sell him." "I won't. It's the first one I've seen this year." "I never thought of that." "What'll you take for him?" "I don't know. how you talk! How could their charms work till midnight?--and THEN it's Sunday." "Say." "Where'd you get him?" "Out in the woods. he strode in briskly. "Well. there's ticks a plenty. you kep' me a-meowing around till old Hays went to throwing rocks at me and says 'Dern that cat!' and so I hove a brick through his window--but don't you tell. and the boys separated." "All right." Tom enclosed the tick in the percussion-cap box that had lately been the pinchbug's prison. each feeling wealthier than before. but I'll meow this time. Say--what's that?" "Nothing but a tick." "Less see it. anyway. It's a mighty small tick. I reckon. That's so." said Huckleberry. I'm satisfied with it. if you get a chance. He hung his hat on a peg and flung himself into his seat with . all right. Lemme go with you?" "Of course--if you ain't afeard. becuz auntie was watching me. Huckleberry viewed it wistfully." "Afeard! 'Tain't likely. When Tom reached the little isolated frame schoolhouse. Will you meow?" "Yes--and you meow back. Devils don't slosh around much of a Sunday. why don't you? Becuz you know mighty well you can't. I could have a thousand of 'em if I wanted to." "Well." Tom got out a bit of paper and carefully unrolled it." "Oh.

a peach lay before her. "Please take it--I got more. but in reality that result was caused rather more by his worshipful awe of his unknown idol and the dread pleasure that lay in his high good fortune. this is the most astounding confession I have ever listened to. low desk before him. The boy worked on. Tom patiently returned it to its place. it meant trouble. sir. She observed it. Then the order followed: "Now. By and by attention ceased from him. When she cautiously faced around again. but made no sign. The master. No mere ferule will answer for this offence. Tom scrawled on his slate. lulled by the drowsy hum of study. apparently unconscious. The master said: "You--you did what?" "Stopped to talk with Huckleberry Finn. but with less animosity. He instantly said: "I STOPPED TO TALK WITH HUCKLEBERRY FINN!" The master's pulse stood still. but Tom sat still. For a time the girl refused to notice. Then she let it remain. The girl made a sort of noncommittal attempt to . as usual?" Tom was about to take refuge in a lie. sir. go and sit with the girls! And let this be a warning to you. and by that form was THE ONLY VACANT PLACE on the girls' side of the schoolhouse. was dozing. "Thomas Sawyer!" Tom knew that when his name was pronounced in full. when he saw two long tails of yellow hair hanging down a back that he recognized by the electric sympathy of love. Take off your jacket. Tom gently put it back. She thrust it away. but her human curiosity presently began to manifest itself by hardly perceptible signs. The buzz of study ceased. Nudges and winks and whispers traversed the room. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind. why are you late again. "Thomas Sawyer. with his arms upon the long." The titter that rippled around the room appeared to abash the boy. The interruption roused him. and the accustomed school murmur rose upon the dull air once more. "Sir!" "Come up here. and he stared helplessly." There was no mistaking the words. throned on high in his great splint-bottom arm-chair." The girl glanced at the words. Now the boy began to draw something on the slate. She thrust it away again. and seemed to study his book. "made a mouth" at him and gave him the back of her head for the space of a minute." The master's arm performed until it was tired and the stock of switches notably alacrity. He sat down upon the end of the pine bench and the girl hitched herself away from him with a toss of her head. Now. hiding his work with his left hand. Presently the boy began to steal furtive glances at the girl.

" "Good--that's a whack. will you? When?" "At noon." "No it ain't. What's your name?" "Becky Thatcher. as long as you live?" ." "You won't tell anybody at all? Ever. You call me Tom." "Oh. I know." "Yes I do." "You'll tell." whispered Tom. indeed I do.see." Tom partly uncovered a dismal caricature of a house with two gable ends to it and a corkscrew of smoke issuing from the chimney. "I'll learn you. At last she gave in and hesitatingly whispered: "Let me see it. Then the girl's interest began to fasten itself upon the work and she forgot everything else. will you?" "Yes." Now Tom began to scrawl something on the slate. He could have stepped over the house." The artist erected a man in the front yard. I'm Tom when I'm good. Tom said: "Oh. You don't want to see." Tom drew an hour-glass with a full moon and straw limbs to it and armed the spreading fingers with a portentous fan." "It's easy. but the boy did not betray that he was aware of it. then whispered: "It's nice--make a man. but the girl was not hypercritical. and whispered: "It's a beautiful man--now make me coming along." "That's the name they lick me by. Do you go home to dinner?" "I'll stay if you will. It's Thomas Sawyer. But she was not backward this time. hiding the words from the girl. that resembled a derrick. she was satisfied with the monster." "No I won't--deed and deed and double deed won't. What's yours? Oh. Please let me. The girl said: "It's ever so nice--I wish I could draw." "Yes it is. she gazed a moment. When it was finished. it ain't anything. She begged to see.

too. Tom turned him aside with a pin and made him take a new direction. and a steady lifting impulse. with a sigh and a yawn. In turn he took his place in the reading class and made a botch of it. The sport grew in interest momently. Now let me. As the school quieted down Tom made an honest effort to study. It was the sleepiest of sleepy days. and rivers into continents." "Oh. Then the master stood over him during a few awful moments. I won't ever tell ANYbody. So he put Joe's slate on the desk and drew a line down the . Joe took a pin out of his lapel and began to assist in exercising the prisoner. but it was premature: for when he started thankfully to travel off. the more his ideas wandered. and embattled enemies on Saturdays." And she put her small hand upon his and a little scuffle ensued."No. The drowsing murmur of the five and twenty studying scholars soothed the soul like the spell that is in the murmur of bees. The creature probably glowed with a gratitude that amounted to prayer. I WILL see. Then furtively the percussion-cap box came out. till he brought up at the foot and yielded up the pewter medal which he had worn with ostentation for months. YOU don't want to see!" "Now that you treat me so. and they were asleep. Tom's bosom friend sat next him. no other living thing was visible but some cows. a few birds floated on lazy wing high in the air. His hand wandered into his pocket and his face lit up with a glow of gratitude that was prayer. or else to have something of interest to do to pass the dreary time. The air was utterly dead. Just at this juncture the boy felt a slow. suffering just as Tom had been. then in the geography class and turned lakes into mountains. and finally moved away to his throne without saying a word. though he did not know it. under a peppering fire of giggles from the whole school. He released the tick and put him on the long flat desk. This bosom friend was Joe Harper. It seemed to him that the noon recess would never come. but the turmoil within him was too great. his heart was jubilant. So at last. There was not a breath stirring. till chaos was come again. CHAPTER VII THE harder Tom tried to fasten his mind on his book. but reddened and looked pleased. Tom pretending to resist in earnest but letting his hand slip by degrees till these words were revealed: "I LOVE YOU. he gave it up. and got "turned down. you bad thing!" And she hit his hand a smart rap." by a succession of mere baby words. and now he was deeply and gratefully interested in this entertainment in an instant. mountains into rivers. fateful grip closing on his ear. then in the spelling class. But although Tom's ear tingled. Soon Tom said that they were interfering with each other. nevertheless." "Oh. Tom's heart ached to be free. at this moment. The two boys were sworn friends all the week. In that wise he was borne across the house and deposited in his own seat. and neither getting the fullest benefit of the tick. Away off in the flaming sunshine. tinted with the purple of distance. Cardiff Hill lifted its soft green sides through a shimmering veil of heat.

" "Look here. Joe's pin would deftly head him off. and the two souls dead to all things else. I ain't going to stir him much." The tick escaped from Tom. At last luck seemed to settle and abide with Joe. "Now. you let him alone. This change of base occurred often. The boys had been too absorbed to notice the hush that had stolen upon the school awhile before when the master came tiptoeing down the room and stood over them. I'll just bet I will. and crossed the equator. you just let him alone. though. that. and whispered in her ear: "Put on your bonnet and let on you're going home." "No. While one boy was worrying the tick with absorbing interest. Tom flew to Becky Thatcher. and for the space of two minutes the dust continued to fly from the two jackets and the whole school to enjoy it. So he reached out and lent a hand with his pin." "Well. and Tom's fingers would be twitching to begin. and you sha'n't touch him. "as long as he is on your side you can stir him up and I'll let him alone. and got as excited and as anxious as the boys themselves. but time and again just as he would have victory in his very grasp. Joe Harper." "Blame it. The tick tried this. I tell you. I'll go the other way and come it over 'em the same way. and its duplicate on Joe's. so to speak. Joe. Joe harassed him awhile. and when you get to the corner. it ain't fair." said he. presently. He's my tick and I'll do what I blame please with him. and keep possession. The temptation was too strong." "All right." . you're to leave him alone as long as I can keep him from crossing over. the other would look on with interest as strong. start him up.middle of it from top to bottom. He had contemplated a good part of the performance before he contributed his bit of variety to it. give the rest of 'em the slip." "Let him alone." "I only just want to stir him up a little. and turn down through the lane and come back. Joe was angry in a moment. and then he got away and crossed back again. the two heads bowed together over the slate. or die!" A tremendous whack came down on Tom's shoulders." "I won't!" "You shall--he's on my side of the line. sir. When school broke up at noon. Said he: "Tom. and the other course. go ahead. but if you let him get away and get on my side. At last Tom could stand it no longer. whose is that tick?" "I don't care whose tick he is--he's on my side of the line.

and dangled their legs against the bench in excess of contentment. Say. are you! That will be nice. Ben Rogers says. and Tom gave Becky the pencil and held her hand in his." "Would you like to?" "I reckon so." That was agreeable. engaged to be married." "No. Anybody can do it. ever ever ever. if I'm good." "Kiss? What do you kiss for?" "Why. the two fell to talking. There's things going on at a circus all the time. Tom was swimming in bliss. anyway. was you ever engaged?" "What's that?" "Why. What I like is chewing-gum. I should say so! I wish I had some now. I'm going to be a clown in a circus when I grow up. I don't care for rats much." "Oh. When the interest in art began to wane. you know. and then you kiss and that's all. but you must give it back to me. to swing round your head with a string. What is it like?" "Like? Why it ain't like anything. They're so lovely. You only just tell a boy you won't ever have anybody but him. all spotted up. with a slate before them. "Yes. Becky. and so created another surprising house." "Yes. And they get slathers of money--most a dollar a day. In a little while the two met at the bottom of the lane. and when they reached the school they had it all to themselves. so they chewed it turn about." "Everybody?" ." "Oh. they always do that. and my pa's going to take me again some time. and the other with another. Church ain't shucks to a circus. is to--well. He said: "Do you love rats?" "No! I hate them!" "Well." "Do you? I've got some. I'll let you chew it awhile.So the one went off with one group of scholars." "I been to the circus three or four times--lots of times. that's so. "Was you ever at a circus?" said Tom. guiding it. too--LIVE ones. But I mean dead ones." "No. I don't know. Then they sat together. that. I do.

" "What was it?" "I sha'n't tell you. Becky. with her little white apron to her face. her face. yes. Becky. WILL you?" "No. and then said: "You turn your face away so you can't see. That's PART of it. you're to walk with me. with his mouth close to her ear. Tom clasped her about her neck and pleaded: "Now. no." "No. it's all done--all over but the kiss. And then he added: "Now you whisper it to me--just the same. Tom kissed the red lips and said: "Now it's all done. ever never and forever. Do you remember what I wrote on the slate?" "Ye--yes." Becky hesitating. you ain't ever to love anybody but me. all glowing with the struggle. And always after this. Becky. with Tom after her. Please. everybody that's in love with each other. Becky. Don't you be afraid of that--it ain't anything at all. not now--to-morrow. when there ain't anybody looking--and you choose me and I choose you at parties. And always coming to school or when we're going home. because . Of course."Why. Becky--I'll whisper it." "Certainly. came up and submitted. Tom took silence for consent. Tom. indeed. I'll whisper it ever so easy. She bent timidly around till her breath stirred his curls and whispered. But you mustn't ever tell anybody--WILL you. for a while. indeed I won't. and passed his arm about her waist and whispered the tale ever so softly." "Oh. "I--love--you!" Then she sprang away and ran around and around the desks and benches. Tom? Now you won't. now." And he tugged at her apron and the hands. and took refuge in a corner at last. and you ain't ever to marry anybody but me. Please." "Shall I tell YOU?" "Ye--yes--but some other time." "No. you know. and let her hands drop." He turned his face away. either. and then I will. Will you?" "No. and I'll never marry anybody but you--and you ain't to ever marry anybody but me." She resisted. By and by she gave up. NOW. I'll never love anybody but you. Now.

I never heard of it before. She ran to the door. Then she called: "Tom! Come back. and said: "Please. Tom's heart smote him. Presently Becky began to suspect. she flew around to the play-yard. he was not in sight. Then Tom marched out of the house and over the hills and far away. me and Amy Lawrence--" The big eyes told Tom his blunder and he stopped. won't you take it?" She struck it to the floor." "It's so nice. I don't care for her any more. but there was no answer. it's ever so gay! Why. She had no companions but silence and loneliness. CHAPTER VIII . restless and uneasy. Becky. to return to school no more that day. "Becky. for a while. with her face to the wall. and he strode away and went outside. Tom got out his chiefest jewel. Tom--you know you do. Then he began to feel badly and fear that he was in the wrong. every now and then. but he nerved himself to it and entered. Tom!" She listened intently. he was not there. "Oh. and she had to hide her griefs and still her broken heart and take up the cross of a long. "Becky"--pleadingly. Then he said hesitatingly: "Becky. Tom tried again. hoping she would repent and come to find him.that's the way you do when you're engaged. Tom! Then I ain't the first you've ever been engaged to!" The child began to cry. confused." Tom tried to put his arm about her neck. So she sat down to cry again and upbraid herself. But she did not. Tom said: "Oh. sobbing. I--I don't care for anybody but you. but she pushed him away and turned her face to the wall. Then his pride was up. a brass knob from the top of an andiron. don't cry. won't you say something?" More sobs. Becky. with none among the strangers about her to exchange sorrows with." "Yes. not knowing exactly how to proceed. and by this time the scholars began to gather again. now. He stood about. dreary. He went to her and stood a moment. and passed it around her so that she could see it." "Oh. aching afternoon. with soothing words in his mouth. It was a hard struggle with him to make new advances. and went on crying. glancing at the door. and was repulsed again." No reply--but sobs. you do. She was still standing back there in the corner.

He sat long with his elbows on his knees and his chin in his hands. meditating. and glowing with unimaginable splendor. It seemed to him that life was but a trouble. picked his pathless way to the centre of it. He would be a pirate! That was it! NOW his future lay plain before him. because of a prevailing juvenile superstition that to cross water baffled pursuit. and hear with swelling ecstasy the whisperings. No. and hunt buffaloes and go on the warpath in the mountain ranges and the trackless great plains of the Far West. and away in the future come back a great chief. if he could only die TEMPORARILY! But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. his slouch hat with waving plumes. it must be very peaceful. now. The boy's soul was steeped in melancholy. in his long. and he more than half envied Jimmy Hodges. and be done with it all. Now as to this girl. and then fell into a moody jog. so lately released. He had meant the best in the world. some drowsy summer morning. black-hulled racer. and disappeared mysteriously? What if he went away--ever so far away. Therefore he must now begin to get ready. ever any more. and been treated like a dog--like a very dog. But no. with his grisly flag flying at the fore! And at the zenith of his fame. Ah. and return after long years. how he would suddenly appear at the old village and stalk into church. There was not even a zephyr stirring. He would run away from home and enter upon it. his belt bristling with horse-pistols. it was settled.TOM dodged hither and thither through lanes until he was well out of the track of returning scholars. hideous with paint. his great jack-boots. all war-worn and illustrious. the Spirit of the Storm. his crimson sash. his black flag unfurled. For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense. only to fill him with disgust. his feelings were in happy accord with his surroundings. in his black velvet doublet and trunks. low. "It's Tom Sawyer the Pirate!--the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main!" Yes. brown and weather-beaten. and sear the eyeballs of all his companions with unappeasable envy. nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a woodpecker. She would be sorry some day--maybe when it was too late. and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound. his career was determined. into unknown countries beyond the seas--and never came back any more! How would she feel then! The idea of being a clown recurred to him now. What had he done? Nothing. He would collect his resources . his crime-rusted cutlass at his side. No--better still. What if he turned his back. at best. How his name would fill the world. the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds. and the schoolhouse was hardly distinguishable away off in the valley behind him. with the skull and crossbones on it. If he only had a clean Sunday-school record he could be willing to go. and nothing to bother and grieve about. and make people shudder! How gloriously he would go plowing the dancing seas. and prance into Sunday-school. He entered a dense wood. He would start the very next morning. bristling with feathers. He crossed a small "branch" two or three times. and sat down on a mossy spot under a spreading oak. to lie and slumber and dream forever and ever. there was something gaudier even than this. with the wind whispering through the trees and caressing the grass and the flowers over the grave. he thought. when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic. Tom presently began to drift insensibly back into the concerns of this life again. Half an hour later he was disappearing behind the Douglas mansion on the summit of Cardiff Hill. he would join the Indians. with a bloodcurdling war-whoop. he would be a soldier.

doodle-bug. and therefore he went and made a patient search for it. He took it up and disclosed a shapely little treasure-house whose bottom and sides were of shingles. But now. that a superstition of his had failed. He thought he would satisfy himself on that point. a lath sword and a tin trumpet. and left it alone a fortnight. turned a suspender into a belt." He well knew the futility of trying to contend against witches. tell me what I want to know! Doodle-bug. and exposed a pine shingle. In it lay a marble. He puzzled over the matter some time. so he tried twice more. The last repetition was successful. But he could not find it. Tom flung off his jacket and trousers. you would find that all the marbles you had ever lost had gathered themselves together there. doodle-bug. The two marbles lay within a foot of each other. The truth was. come! What's here. Tom's astonishment was boundless! He scratched his head with a perplexed air. Just here the blast of a toy tin trumpet came faintly down the green aisles of the forest. raked away some brush behind the rotten log. this thing had actually and unquestionably failed. saying: "Brother.together. that beats anything!" Then he tossed the marble away pettishly. and said: "Well. which he and all his comrades had always looked upon as infallible. and went there and looked. himself. "He dasn't tell! So it WAS a witch that done it. and finally decided that some witch had interfered and broken the charm. He went to a rotten log near at hand and began to dig under one end of it with his Barlow knife. He had many a time heard of this thing succeeding but never of its failing before. so he searched around till he found a small sandy spot with a little funnel-shaped depression in it. so he gave up discouraged. Tom's whole structure of faith was shaken to its foundations. Now he went back to his treasure-house and carefully placed himself just as he had been standing when he tossed the marble away. disclosing a rude bow and arrow. stay here!" Then he scraped away the dirt. then he took another marble from his pocket and tossed it in the same way. If you buried a marble with certain necessary incantations. He put his hand there and uttered this incantation impressively: "What hasn't come here. and stood cogitating. He soon struck wood that sounded hollow. tell me what I want to know!" The sand began to work. no matter how widely they had been separated. But it occurred to him that he might as well have the marble he had just thrown away. but could never find the hiding-places afterward. and then opened the place with the incantation he had just used. here. go find your brother!" He watched where it stopped. It did not occur to him that he had tried it several times before. I just knowed it. and in . meantime. and presently a small black bug appeared for a second and then darted under again in a fright. But it must have fallen short or gone too far. He laid himself down and put his mouth close to this depression and called-"Doodle-bug.

"two up and two down. blew an answering blast. That's fair. received the whack and fell. and then began to tiptoe and look warily out. careful combat. this way and that.a moment had seized these things and bounded away." Now appeared Joe Harper. or I'll be the Sheriff of Nottingham and you be Robin Hood a little while and kill me. Who art thou that--that--" "Dares to hold such language. 'Then with one back-handed stroke he slew poor Guy of Guisborne. that ain't the way it is in the book." "Well. getting up." This was satisfactory. barelegged. so Joe turned. as airily clad and elaborately armed as Tom. go it lively!" So they "went it lively." There was no getting around the authorities. if you've got the hang. my merry men! Keep hid till I blow. "Now. indeed! I am Robin Hood. and lam me with a quarter-staff. you can be Friar Tuck or Much the miller's son. and began a grave." "Why. Have at thee!" They took their lath swords. I can't do that." "Why.' You're to turn around and let me hit you in the back." "Well. The book says. And at last Joe. dumped their other traps on the ground. prompting--for they talked "by the book." Presently Tom said: "Now. I can't fall. Tom called: "Hold! Who comes here into Sherwood Forest without my pass?" "Guy of Guisborne wants no man's pass. say. . it's blamed mean--that's all. Joe. and was allowed by the treacherous nun to bleed his strength away through his neglected wound. as thy caitiff carcase soon shall know." said Joe. struck a fencing attitude. "you got to let me kill YOU." "Then art thou indeed that famous outlaw? Right gladly will I dispute with thee the passes of the merry wood. that ain't anything. He presently halted under a great elm. foot to foot. with fluttering shirt." said Tom." from memory. He said cautiously--to an imaginary company: "Hold. "Who art thou that dares to hold such language?" "I. By and by Tom shouted: "Fall! fall! Why don't you fall?" "I sha'n't! Why don't you fall yourself? You're getting the worst of it. it ain't in the book. Then Tom became Robin Hood again. and so these adventures were carried out." panting and perspiring with the work.

" Then he shot the arrow and fell back and would have died. as usual. A cry of "Scat! you devil!" and the crash of an empty bottle against the back of his aunt's woodshed brought him wide awake. there was not a tombstone on the place. now. Huckleberry Finn was there. in spite of himself. Next the ghastly ticking of a deathwatch in the wall at the bed's head made Tom shudder--it meant that somebody's days were numbered. about a mile and a half from the village. and a single minute later he was dressed and out of the window and creeping along the roof of the "ell" on all fours. scarcely perceptible noises began to emphasize themselves. Tom lay awake and waited. Then the howl of a far-off dog rose on the night air. but stood upright nowhere. then jumped to the roof of the woodshed and thence to the ground. began. gave his bow into his feeble hands. The boys talked little. on the most of them. leaning for support and finding none. "Where this arrow falls. At the end of half an hour they were wading through the tall grass of the graveyard. The stairs creaked faintly. and wondering what modern civilization could claim to have done to compensate for their loss. "Sacred to the memory of" So-and-So had been painted on them once. complaining at being disturbed. hid their accoutrements. as he went. CHAPTER IX AT half-past nine. even if there had been light. Grass and weeds grew rank over the whole cemetery. muffled snore issued from Aunt Polly's chamber. dragged him sadly forth. And then there came. The ticking of the clock began to bring itself into notice. a most melancholy caterwauling. he heard the clock strike ten! This was despair. but he did not hear it. which leaned inward in places. It had a crazy board fence around it. and Tom said. It was a graveyard of the old-fashioned Western kind. At last he was satisfied that time had ceased and eternity begun. When it seemed to him that it must be nearly daylight. and Sid was soon asleep. The boys moved off and disappeared in the gloom. round-topped. and Tom feared it might be the spirits of the dead. Tom was in an agony. All the old graves were sunken in. but he was afraid he might wake Sid. and stared up into the dark. he began to doze. Evidently spirits were abroad. and only under their breath. and outward the rest of the time. as his nerves demanded. It was on a hill. The boys dressed themselves. A faint wind moaned through the trees. mingling with his half-formed dreams. with his dead cat. And now the tiresome chirping of a cricket that no human ingenuity could locate. Tom and Sid were sent to bed. worm-eaten boards staggered over the graves. A measured. in restless impatience. and went off grieving that there were no outlaws any more. They said their prayers. there bury poor Robin Hood under the greenwood tree. out of the stillness. the clock chimed eleven. He "meow'd" with caution once or twice. So he lay still. for the time and the place and the . and was answered by a fainter howl from a remoter distance. but it could no longer have been read. They said they would rather be outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States forever. By and by. but he lit on a nettle and sprang up too gaily for a corpse. The raising of a neighboring window disturbed him. He would have tossed and fidgeted. Everything was dismally still. Old beams began to crack mysteriously.representing a whole tribe of weeping outlaws. little. that night.

" There was a considerable pause. AIN'T it?" "I bet it is. Think they'll see us?" "Oh. Least his sperrit does." "Oh. Presently Tom seized his comrade's arm and said: "Sh!" "What is it." "I'll try to. It's awful solemn like. Everybody calls him Hoss. Hucky--do you reckon Hoss Williams hears us talking?" "O' course he does." This was a damper." Tom. they can see in the dark. Tom's reflections grew oppressive. Tom. What'll we do?" "I dono. I don't believe they'll bother us. "Sh! There 'tis again! Didn't you hear it?" "I--" "There! Now you hear it. Then Tom whispered: "Say. I'm all of a shiver. same as cats. Then they waited in silence for what seemed a long time. Tom?" And the two clung together with beating hearts. Tom. while the boys canvassed this matter inwardly. We ain't doing any harm. Lord. do you believe the dead people like it for us to be here?" Huckleberry whispered: "I wisht I knowed." . But I never meant any harm. They found the sharp new heap they were seeking. maybe they won't notice us at all. but. they're coming! They're coming. I wisht I hadn't come. sure. don't be afeard. and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave. The hooting of a distant owl was all the sound that troubled the dead stillness." "A body can't be too partic'lar how they talk 'bout these-yer dead people. If we keep perfectly still. after a pause: "I wish I'd said Mister Williams. He must force some talk. So he said in a whisper: "Hucky.pervading solemnity and silence oppressed their spirits. Tom." "Lord. and conversation died again. Tom.

in a low voice. Presently Huckleberry whispered with a shudder: "It's the devils sure enough. 'Now I lay me down to sleep. They cast down their load and began to open the grave."Listen!" The boys bent their heads together and scarcely breathed. Potter and Injun Joe were carrying a handbarrow with a rope and a couple of shovels on it. "Look! See there!" whispered Tom. Say. Red hot! They're p'inted right. Huck. Now they're hot." "No--'tain't so. I'll keep still. Cold again. He ain't sharp enough to notice us. Here they come again. the same as usual." They growled a response and went on digging. Hot again. One of 'em's old Muff Potter's voice. Now they're stuck. A muffled sound of voices floated up from the far end of the graveyard." said the third voice. men!" he said. "the moon might come out at any moment. anyway. this time. "Hurry. we're goners! Can you pray?" "I'll try. Can't find it. The doctor put the lantern at the head of the grave and came and sat down with his back against one of the elm trees. Tom. Oh. "What is it?" "It's devil-fire. Finally a spade struck . it's Injun Joe. "Here it is. Don't you stir nor budge. What kin they be up to?" The whisper died wholly out. likely--blamed old rip!" "All right." "That's so--that murderin' half-breed! I'd druther they was devils a dern sight. Tom. Three of 'em! Lordy. I--'" "Sh!" "What is it. For some time there was no noise but the grating sound of the spades discharging their freight of mould and gravel. They ain't going to hurt us. for the three men had reached the grave and stood within a few feet of the boys' hiding-place. but don't you be afeard. this is awful. now. Drunk." Some vague figures approached through the gloom. Huck?" "They're HUMANS! One of 'em is. is it?" "I bet I know it. He was so close the boys could have touched him. swinging an old-fashioned tin lantern that freckled the ground with innumerable little spangles of light. I know another o' them voices. It was very monotonous. and the owner of it held the lantern up and revealed the face of young Doctor Robinson.

Did you think I'd forget? The Injun blood ain't in me for nothing. Injun Joe was standing over the two forms. who was now standing. Potter dropped his knife." said Injun Joe. got out the body and dumped it rudely on the ground. and you done more than that. and in the same moment the clouds blotted out the dreadful spectacle and the two frightened boys went speeding away in the dark. He reeled and fell partly upon Potter. and then around him. confusedly. now. when the moon emerged again. snatched up Potter's knife. and you said I warn't there for any good. Joe?" he said. without moving. contemplating them. he raised it. with his fist in his face. how is this. round and round about the combatants. your father had me jailed for a vagrant. gave a long gasp or two and was still. Sawbones. and I've paid you. trampling the grass and tearing the ground with their heels. with a shudder. After which he put the fatal knife in Potter's open right hand. and went creeping. and exclaimed: "Here. "Lord. what does this mean?" said the doctor. All at once the doctor flung himself free. "Five years ago you drove me away from your father's kitchen one night. and bound to its place with the rope. and you'll just out with another five. when I come to ask for something to eat. "Look here. The moon drifted from behind the clouds and exposed the pallid face. The doctor struck out suddenly and stretched the ruffian on the ground. and then Potter began to stir and moan." Then he robbed the body. and let it fall. pushing the body from him. his eyes flaming with passion. seized the heavy headboard of Williams' grave and felled Potter to the earth with it--and in the same instant the half-breed saw his chance and drove the knife to the hilt in the young man's breast. And now I've GOT you. Injun Joe sprang to his feet. you know!" He was threatening the doctor. Potter took out a large spring-knife and cut off the dangling end of the rope and then said: "Now the cussed thing's ready. His eyes met Joe's. Then he sat up." "Yes. His hand closed upon the knife. The barrow was got ready and the corpse placed on it. The half-breed muttered: "THAT score is settled--damn you. and you got to SETTLE." said Joe. and sat down on the dismantled coffin.upon the coffin with a dull woody accent. They pried off the lid with their shovels. Presently. "It's a dirty business. approaching the doctor. don't you hit my pard!" and the next moment he had grappled with the doctor and the two were struggling with might and main. and when I swore I'd get even with you if it took a hundred years. "You required your pay in advance. by this time. seeking an opportunity." "That's the talk!" said Injun Joe. Three --four--five minutes passed. covered with a blanket. catlike and stooping. flooding him with his blood. . or here she stays. and gazed at it. The doctor murmured inarticulately. and within another minute or two the men had hoisted it out on the ground. glanced at it.

and I won't go back on you. I always liked you. Move. don't tell! Say you won't tell. Tell me how it was. WILL you. that's enough of that. the lidless coffin. They'll all say that. I never used a weepon in my life before. I've fought. he won't think of the knife till he's gone so far he'll be afraid to come back after it to such a place by himself --chicken-heart!" Two or three minutes later the murdered man. too. "No. can't recollect anything of it. Joe. There. "Come. too." "Oh. but never with weepons." And Potter began to cry. He muttered: "If he's as much stunned with the lick and fuddled with the rum as he had the look of being. and then up you come. and stood up for you. Joe?" And the poor creature dropped on his knees before the stolid murderer. I'd no business to drink to-night. Joe. you're an angel. Don't you remember? You WON'T tell." Potter started on a trot that quickly increased to a run. I'll bless you for this the longest day I live. toward the village. I never meant to. just as he fetched you another awful clip--and here you've laid. hardly. as dead as a wedge til now. Joe--that's a good feller. all reeling and staggering like. and snatched the knife and jammed it into him. now."What did you do it for?" "I! I never done it!" "Look here! That kind of talk won't wash. The half-breed stood looking after him. Tell me. I reckon. you've always been fair and square with me. now. Joe--HONEST. and clasped his appealing hands. Muff Potter. This ain't any time for blubbering. speechless with horror. Joe. Oh. I'm all in a muddle. "I thought I'd got sober. You be off yonder way and I'll go this." "Oh." Potter trembled and grew white. and the open grave were under no inspection but the moon's. The stillness was complete again. I never meant to--'pon my soul and honor." "Why. Joe. But it's in my head yet--worse'n when we started here. Joe. CHAPTER X THE two boys flew on and on. Joe. that's as fair as a man can say. you two was scuffling. and he fetched you one with the headboard and you fell flat. now. . It was all on account of the whiskey and the excitement. and don't leave any tracks behind you. They glanced backward over their shoulders from time to time. I wish I may die this minute if I did. I didn't know what I was a-doing. it's awful--and him so young and promising. now. the blanketed corpse. old feller--did I do it? Joe.

He says so. Tom!" "And besides. let Muff Potter do it. I KNOW it." Huckleberry's hard pantings were his only reply. and made them catch their breath. he always has. the barking of the aroused watch-dogs seemed to give wings to their feet. I reckon maybe that whack might fetch him. Every stump that started up in their path seemed a man and an enemy. 'taint likely. and as they sped by some outlying cottages that lay near the village. "If we can only get to the old tannery before we break down!" whispered Tom. as if they feared they might be followed. I dono. But if a man was dead sober. and Tom whispered: "Huckleberry. Presently he whispered: "Huck. He had liquor in him. I could see that. and at last." "That's just what I was thinking to myself. and the boys fixed their eyes on the goal of their hopes and bent to their work to win it. he'd kill us some time or other. They gained steadily on it. Tom said: "Hucky. I reckon hanging'll come of it. in short catches between breaths. you sure you can keep mum?" . what do you reckon'll come of this?" "If Doctor Robinson dies." "Do you though?" "Why. Muff Potter don't know it. D'you reckon he could see anything? D'you reckon he knowed anything?" "By hokey. Well. Huck. you might take and belt him over the head with a church and you couldn't phase him. if he's fool enough. his own self. How can he tell?" "What's the reason he don't know it?" "Because he'd just got that whack when Injun Joe done it. just as dead sure as we're a laying here. then he said: "Who'll tell? We?" "What are you talking about? S'pose something happened and Injun Joe DIDN'T hang? Why. breast to breast." Tom said nothing--went on thinking. that's so." After another reflective silence. when pap's full. By and by their pulses slowed down. look-a-here--maybe that whack done for HIM!" "No. Tom. of course. Tom. "I can't stand it much longer. and besides.apprehensively. they burst through the open door and fell grateful and exhausted in the sheltering shadows beyond." Tom thought a while. He's generally drunk enough. So it's the same with Muff Potter." "If anybody tells.

and blab if they get in a huff--but there orter be writing 'bout a big thing like this. the circumstances. the hour. now. You know that. were in keeping with it. He at once took a pin from his lapel and was going to prick his flesh." Tom's whole being applauded this idea. using the ball of his little finger for a pen. after many squeezes. Tom. A figure crept stealthily through a break in the other end of the ruined building. It was deep. and dark." whispered Huckleberry. if we was to squeak 'bout this and they didn't hang him. and letting up the pressure on the up-strokes." So Tom unwound the thread from one of his needles. Now. [See next page. It's the best thing. A pin's brass. "does this keep us from EVER telling --ALWAYS?" . That's good enough for little rubbishy common things--specially with gals. And blood. and the fetters that bound their tongues were considered to be locked and the key thrown away. They buried the shingle close to the wall. That Injun devil wouldn't make any more of drownding us than a couple of cats. and each boy pricked the ball of his thumb and squeezed out a drop of blood."Tom. and the sublimity of his language. the surroundings. with some dismal ceremonies and incantations. but Tom said: "Hold on! Don't do that. we GOT to keep mum." "I'm agreed.] "Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer swears they will keep mum about This and They wish They may Drop down dead in Their Tracks if They ever Tell and Rot." Huckleberry was filled with admiration of Tom's facility in writing. He picked up a clean pine shingle that lay in the moonlight. and the oath was complete." "What's verdigrease?" "It's p'ison. took a little fragment of "red keel" out of his pocket. Then he showed Huckleberry how to make an H and an F. Would you just hold hands and swear that we--" "Oh no. In time. that wouldn't do for this. "Tom. That's what it is. and painfully scrawled these lines. and awful. cuz THEY go back on you anyway. less take and swear to one another--that's what we got to do--swear to keep mum. It might have verdigrease on it. but they did not notice it. Tom managed to sign his initials. look-a-here. You just swaller some of it once --you'll see. emphasizing each slow down-stroke by clamping his tongue between his teeth. got the moon on his work.

"Of course it does. It don't make any difference WHAT happens, we got to keep mum. We'd drop down dead--don't YOU know that?" "Yes, I reckon that's so." They continued to whisper for some little time. Presently a dog set up a long, lugubrious howl just outside--within ten feet of them. The boys clasped each other suddenly, in an agony of fright. "Which of us does he mean?" gasped Huckleberry. "I dono--peep through the crack. Quick!" "No, YOU, Tom!" "I can't--I can't DO it, Huck!" "Please, Tom. There 'tis again!" "Oh, lordy, I'm thankful!" whispered Tom. "I know his voice. It's Bull Harbison." * [* If Mr. Harbison owned a slave named Bull, Tom would have spoken of him as "Harbison's Bull," but a son or a dog of that name was "Bull Harbison."] "Oh, that's good--I tell you, Tom, I was most scared to death; I'd a bet anything it was a STRAY dog." The dog howled again. The boys' hearts sank once more. "Oh, my! that ain't no Bull Harbison!" whispered Huckleberry. "DO, Tom!" Tom, quaking with fear, yielded, and put his eye to the crack. His whisper was hardly audible when he said: "Oh, Huck, IT S A STRAY DOG!" "Quick, Tom, quick! Who does he mean?" "Huck, he must mean us both--we're right together." "Oh, Tom, I reckon we're goners. I reckon there ain't no mistake 'bout where I'LL go to. I been so wicked." "Dad fetch it! This comes of playing hookey and doing everything a feller's told NOT to do. I might a been good, like Sid, if I'd a tried --but no, I wouldn't, of course. But if ever I get off this time, I lay I'll just WALLER in Sunday-schools!" And Tom began to snuffle a little. "YOU bad!" and Huckleberry began to snuffle too. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside o' what I am. Oh, LORDY, lordy, lordy, I wisht I only had half your chance." Tom choked off and whispered: "Look, Hucky, look! He's got his BACK to us!" Hucky looked, with joy in his heart.

"Well, he has, by jingoes! Did he before?" "Yes, he did. But I, like a fool, never thought. Oh, this is bully, you know. NOW who can he mean?" The howling stopped. Tom pricked up his ears. "Sh! What's that?" he whispered. "Sounds like--like hogs grunting. No--it's somebody snoring, Tom." "That IS it! Where 'bouts is it, Huck?" "I bleeve it's down at 'tother end. Sounds so, anyway. Pap used to sleep there, sometimes, 'long with the hogs, but laws bless you, he just lifts things when HE snores. Besides, I reckon he ain't ever coming back to this town any more." The spirit of adventure rose in the boys' souls once more. "Hucky, do you das't to go if I lead?" "I don't like to, much. Tom, s'pose it's Injun Joe!" Tom quailed. But presently the temptation rose up strong again and the boys agreed to try, with the understanding that they would take to their heels if the snoring stopped. So they went tiptoeing stealthily down, the one behind the other. When they had got to within five steps of the snorer, Tom stepped on a stick, and it broke with a sharp snap. The man moaned, writhed a little, and his face came into the moonlight. It was Muff Potter. The boys' hearts had stood still, and their hopes too, when the man moved, but their fears passed away now. They tiptoed out, through the broken weather-boarding, and stopped at a little distance to exchange a parting word. That long, lugubrious howl rose on the night air again! They turned and saw the strange dog standing within a few feet of where Potter was lying, and FACING Potter, with his nose pointing heavenward. "Oh, geeminy, it's HIM!" exclaimed both boys, in a breath. "Say, Tom--they say a stray dog come howling around Johnny Miller's house, 'bout midnight, as much as two weeks ago; and a whippoorwill come in and lit on the banisters and sung, the very same evening; and there ain't anybody dead there yet." "Well, I know that. And suppose there ain't. Didn't Gracie Miller fall in the kitchen fire and burn herself terrible the very next Saturday?" "Yes, but she ain't DEAD. And what's more, she's getting better, too." "All right, you wait and see. She's a goner, just as dead sure as Muff Potter's a goner. That's what the niggers say, and they know all about these kind of things, Huck." Then they separated, cogitating. When Tom crept in at his bedroom window the night was almost spent. He undressed with excessive caution, and fell asleep congratulating himself that nobody knew of his escapade. He was not aware that the gently-snoring Sid was awake, and

had been so for an hour. When Tom awoke, Sid was dressed and gone. There was a late look in the light, a late sense in the atmosphere. He was startled. Why had he not been called--persecuted till he was up, as usual? The thought filled him with bodings. Within five minutes he was dressed and down-stairs, feeling sore and drowsy. The family were still at table, but they had finished breakfast. There was no voice of rebuke; but there were averted eyes; there was a silence and an air of solemnity that struck a chill to the culprit's heart. He sat down and tried to seem gay, but it was up-hill work; it roused no smile, no response, and he lapsed into silence and let his heart sink down to the depths. After breakfast his aunt took him aside, and Tom almost brightened in the hope that he was going to be flogged; but it was not so. His aunt wept over him and asked him how he could go and break her old heart so; and finally told him to go on, and ruin himself and bring her gray hairs with sorrow to the grave, for it was no use for her to try any more. This was worse than a thousand whippings, and Tom's heart was sorer now than his body. He cried, he pleaded for forgiveness, promised to reform over and over again, and then received his dismissal, feeling that he had won but an imperfect forgiveness and established but a feeble confidence. He left the presence too miserable to even feel revengeful toward Sid; and so the latter's prompt retreat through the back gate was unnecessary. He moped to school gloomy and sad, and took his flogging, along with Joe Harper, for playing hookey the day before, with the air of one whose heart was busy with heavier woes and wholly dead to trifles. Then he betook himself to his seat, rested his elbows on his desk and his jaws in his hands, and stared at the wall with the stony stare of suffering that has reached the limit and can no further go. His elbow was pressing against some hard substance. After a long time he slowly and sadly changed his position, and took up this object with a sigh. It was in a paper. He unrolled it. A long, lingering, colossal sigh followed, and his heart broke. It was his brass andiron knob! This final feather broke the camel's back.

CHAPTER XI CLOSE upon the hour of noon the whole village was suddenly electrified with the ghastly news. No need of the as yet undreamed-of telegraph; the tale flew from man to man, from group to group, from house to house, with little less than telegraphic speed. Of course the schoolmaster gave holiday for that afternoon; the town would have thought strangely of him if he had not. A gory knife had been found close to the murdered man, and it had been recognized by somebody as belonging to Muff Potter--so the story ran. And it was said that a belated citizen had come upon Potter washing himself in the "branch" about one or two o'clock in the morning, and that Potter had at once sneaked off--suspicious circumstances, especially the washing which was not a habit with Potter. It was also said that the town had been ransacked for this "murderer" (the public are not slow in the matter of sifting evidence and arriving at a verdict), but that he could not be found. Horsemen had departed down

It seemed to him an age since he was there before." "Who's accused you?" shouted a voice. He saw Injun Joe. and the minister said. but because an awful. The poor fellow's face was haggard. he shook as with a palsy." he sobbed. This shot seemed to carry home. "wanted to come and take a quiet look at his work. Somebody pinched his arm. "I didn't do it. then waved his nerveless hand with a vanquished gesture and said. Potter would have fallen if they had not caught him and eased him to the ground. and intent upon the grisly spectacle before them. now. and the Sheriff came through. Arrived at the dreadful place. and the Sheriff "was confident" that he would be captured before night. he wormed his small body through the crowd and saw the dismal spectacle. he's stopped!--Look out. for his eye fell upon the stolid face of Injun Joe. "It's him! it's him! he's coming himself!" "Who? Who?" from twenty voices. he's turning! Don't let him get away!" People in the branches of the trees over Tom's head said he wasn't trying to get away--he only looked doubtful and perplexed. He turned. unaccountable fascination drew him on. Injun Joe. I reckon--didn't expect any company. "Tell .all the roads in every direction. "It was a judgment. When he stood before the murdered man. "Muff Potter!" "Hallo. and wondered if anybody had noticed anything in their mutual glance. and he put his face in his hands and burst into tears. But everybody was talking. His hand is here. not because he would not a thousand times rather go anywhere else. "Poor fellow!" "Poor young fellow!" "This ought to be a lesson to grave robbers!" "Muff Potter'll hang for this if they catch him!" This was the drift of remark. ostentatiously leading Potter by the arm. you promised me you'd never--" "Is that your knife?" and it was thrust before him by the Sheriff. "'pon my word and honor I never done it. and voices shouted. All the town was drifting toward the graveyard. and his eyes showed the fear that was upon him. and exclaimed: "Oh. "Infernal impudence!" said a bystander. Then he said: "Something told me 't if I didn't come back and get--" He shuddered." Now Tom shivered from head to heel." The crowd fell apart. and his eyes met Huckleberry's. Tom's heartbreak vanished and he joined the procession. At this moment the crowd began to sway and struggle. friends. Potter lifted his face and looked around him with a pathetic hopelessness in his eyes. Then both looked elsewhere at once.

when opportunity should offer. and wondering to see how long the stroke was delayed. "It's a bad sign." said Aunt Polly. Joe. that's what it is!' You said that over and over. in the hope of getting a glimpse of his dread master. gravely. and they could not take their fascinated eyes from his face. Injun Joe helped to raise the body of the murdered man and put it in a wagon for removal. Tom?" "Nothing." Then Huckleberry and Tom stood dumb and staring. their wavering impulse to break their oath and save the poor betrayed prisoner's life faded and vanished away. now." And he fell to sobbing again. 'It's blood. "I wanted to run away. They inwardly resolved to watch him nights. you pitch around and talk in your sleep so much that you keep me awake half the time. it's blood. to them. She said: . "And you do talk such stuff. and heard the stony-hearted liar reel off his serene statement. "Why didn't you leave? What did you want to come here for?" somebody said. And when he had finished and still stood alive and whole. and it was whispered through the shuddering crowd that the wound bled a little! The boys thought that this happy circumstance would turn suspicion in the right direction. for plainly this miscreant had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal to meddle with the property of such a power as that." Potter moaned.'em. 'Don't torment me so--I'll tell!' Tell WHAT? What is it you'll tell?" Everything was swimming before Tom." But the boy's hand shook so that he spilled his coffee. just as calmly. "What you got on your mind. but they were disappointed. a few minutes afterward on the inquest. but I couldn't seem to come anywhere but here. He was now become. Injun Joe repeated his statement. tell 'em--it ain't any use any more." Tom's fearful secret and gnawing conscience disturbed his sleep for as much as a week after this. And you said. There is no telling what might have happened. and at breakfast one morning Sid said: "Tom." Sid said. "I couldn't help it--I couldn't help it. the most balefully interesting object they had ever looked upon. but luckily the concern passed out of Aunt Polly's face and she came to Tom's relief without knowing it." Tom blanched and dropped his eyes. under oath. "Last night you said. seeing that the lightnings were still withheld. were confirmed in their belief that Joe had sold himself to the devil. for more than one villager remarked: "It was within three feet of Muff Potter when it done it. Nothing 't I know of. they expecting every moment that the clear sky would deliver God's lightnings upon his head. and the boys.

and ceased to torture Tom's conscience. Tom had struggled with his pride a few days. that Tom never acted as a witness--and that was strange. he kept it to himself. right away. These offerings greatly helped to ease Tom's conscience. and no guards were afforded for it. and tied up his jaws every night. but on anybody else that came handy. and frequently slipped the bandage free and then leaned on his elbow listening a good while at a time. and thus keeping his trouble present to his mind. I dream about it most every night myself. without confessing the grave-robbery that preceded it. therefore it was deemed wisest not to try the case in the courts at present. and afterward slipped the bandage back to its place again. so it was dropped. He began to find himself hanging around her father's house. She was ill. and tried to "whistle her down the wind. there was no joy in them any more. and always avoided them when he could. but so formidable was his character that nobody could be found who was willing to take the lead in the matter. Tom got out of the presence as quick as he plausibly could. CHAPTER XII ONE of the reasons why Tom's mind had drifted away from its secret troubles was. What if she should die! There was distraction in the thought. She was one of those people who are infatuated with patent medicines and all new-fangled methods of producing health or mending it. Sid seemed satisfied. The jail was a trifling little brick den that stood in a marsh at the edge of the village. However. for she was never ailing. Sid noticed that Tom never was coroner at one of these inquiries. that it had found a new and weighty matter to interest itself about." but failed. She was an inveterate experimenter in these things. to try it. and after that he complained of toothache for a week. too. though it had been his habit to take the lead in all new enterprises. and feeling very miserable. Every day or two. and Sid did not overlook the fact that Tom even showed a marked aversion to these inquests. The charm of life was gone. It seemed to Tom that his schoolmates never would get done holding inquests on dead cats. Tom watched his opportunity and went to the little grated jail-window and smuggled such small comforts through to the "murderer" as he could get hold of. The villagers had a strong desire to tar-and-feather Injun Joe and ride him on a rail. it was seldom occupied. Sometimes I dream it's me that done it. She was a subscriber for all the . and his bat. He had been careful to begin both of his inquest-statements with the fight. indeed. but said nothing. His aunt was concerned. Tom's distress of mind wore off gradually and the toothache grew irksome and was discarded." Mary said she had been affected much the same way. he noticed. Sid marvelled. not on herself. nights. during this time of sorrow. When something fresh in this line came out she was in a fever. Becky Thatcher had stopped coming to school. there was nothing but dreariness left. He never knew that Sid lay nightly watching. for body-snatching. If Sid really managed to make anything out of Tom's disjointed mutterings. He put his hoop away. nor even in piracy. even inquests went out of vogue at last. She began to try all manner of remedies on him."Sho! It's that dreadful murder. He no longer took an interest in war.

So he thought over various plans for relief. stood him up in the woodshed and drowned him with a deluge of cold water. She ordered a lot at once. She added hot baths. the boy grew more and more melancholy and pale and dejected. Yet notwithstanding all this. if she had built a fire under him. purring. was all gospel to her. Tom had become indifferent to persecution by this time. and so brought him to. her soul at peace again. All the "rot" they contained about ventilation. She gave Tom a teaspoonful and watched with the deepest anxiety for the result. She tasted it and was filled with gratitude. Tom said: "Don't ask for it unless you want it. she watched the bottle clandestinely. Peter. to the suffering neighbors. This phase filled the old lady's heart with consternation. eying the teaspoon avariciously. and begging for a taste. and what sort of clothing to wear. If it had been Sid. Now she heard of Pain-killer for the first time. and the solemn ignorance they were inflated with was breath to her nostrils. Her troubles were instantly at rest. and thus armed with death. The boy remained as dismal as a hearse. for the "indifference" was broken up. and filled him up every day with quack cure-alls. shower baths. The water treatment was new. but it did not occur to her that the boy was mending the health of a crack in the sitting-room floor with it. She calculated his capacity as she would a jug's. and his aunt ended by telling him to help himself and quit bothering her. and she never observed that her health-journals of the current month customarily upset everything they had recommended the month before." . and finally hit pon that of professing to be fond of Pain-killer. sitz baths. and what frame of mind to keep one's self in. and plunges. heartier interest. and so she was an easy victim. but since it was Tom. She began to assist the water with a slim oatmeal diet and blister-plasters. She had him out at daylight every morning." But she never suspected that she was not an angel of healing and the balm of Gilead in disguise. Tom felt that it was time to wake up. This indifference must be broken up at any cost. She found that the medicine did really diminish. The boy could not have shown a wilder. and how to get up. went about on her pale horse. in his blighted condition. with "hell following after. One day Tom was in the act of dosing the crack when his aunt's yellow cat came along. and how much exercise to take. she would have had no misgivings to alloy her delight. now. She was as simple-hearted and honest as the day was long."Health" periodicals and phrenological frauds. and how to go to bed. then she rolled him up in a wet sheet and put him away under blankets till she sweated his soul clean and "the yellow stains of it came through his pores"--as Tom said. but it was getting to have too little sentiment and too much distracting variety about it. He asked for it so often that he became a nuisance. She dropped the water treatment and everything else. metaphorically speaking. and what to drink. and what to eat. She gathered together her quack periodicals and her quack medicines. and Tom's low condition was a windfall to her. It was simply fire in a liquid form. then she scrubbed him down with a towel like a file. this sort of life might be romantic enough. and pinned her faith to Pain-killer.

So Tom pried his mouth open and poured down the Pain-killer." Peter was sure. held it up. cats always act so when they're having a good time. upsetting flower-pots. I believe they do." "You DO?" "Yes'm." "They do. Tom winced. sir. "Yes'm. "Now you've asked for it. with interest emphasized by anxiety. carrying the rest of the flower-pots with him. banging against furniture. aunt. Next he rose on his hind feet and pranced around. but if you find you don't like it. Aunt Polly entered in time to see him throw a few double summersets. peering over her glasses." Peter was agreeable. Tom lay on the floor expiring with laughter. I never see anything like it." The handle of the telltale teaspoon was visible under the bed-valance. This was putting the thing in a new light. Aunt Polly raised him by the usual handle--his ear--and cracked his head soundly with her thimble. "You better make sure. Because if he'd had one she'd a burnt him out herself! She'd a roasted his bowels out of him 'thout any more feeling than if he was a human!" Aunt Polly felt a sudden pang of remorse. because there ain't anything mean about me. with his head over his shoulder and his voice proclaiming his unappeasable happiness. in a frenzy of enjoyment. "Why.But Peter signified that he did want it. The old lady stood petrified with astonishment. you mustn't blame anybody but your own self. what was cruelty to a cat MIGHT be cruelty to a boy. and dropped his eyes. Tom watching. what on earth ails that cat?" "I don't know." "Hadn't any aunt!--you numskull. what did you want to treat that poor dumb beast so." The old lady was bending down. do they?" There was something in the tone that made Tom apprehensive. Too late he divined her "drift. "Now. Aunt Polly took it. deliver a final mighty hurrah. "Tom. Aunt Polly. . Peter sprang a couple of yards in the air." gasped the boy. What did make him act so?" "Deed I don't know. for?" "I done it out of pity for him--because he hadn't any aunt. and sail through the open window. That is. Then he went tearing around the house again spreading chaos and destruction in his path. What has that got to do with it?" "Heaps. and then delivered a war-whoop and set off round and round the room. and making general havoc. and I'll give it to you.

and she put her hand on Tom's head and said gently: "I was meaning for the best. standing on his head--doing all the heroic things he could conceive of. hoping whenever a frisking frock came in sight. Tom. he had tried to do right and get along. throwing handsprings. She began to soften.too. I never see him get around so since--" "Oh. when they found out what they had driven him to. yelling. laughing. aunty. and fell sprawling. but the giddy lad never could see the bait. they had forced him to it at last: he would lead a life of crime. hurled it to the roof of the schoolhouse. He tried to seem to be looking everywhere but whither he really was looking--down the road. and then turned sorrowfully away. snatched a boy's cap. under Becky's nose." Tom reached school ahead of time. too. he hung about the gate of the schoolyard instead of playing with his comrades. and Tom's face lighted. all the while. and "going on" like an Indian. But she seemed to be unconscious of it all. nobody loved him. perhaps they would be sorry. and keeping a furtive eye out. it DID do you good. and hating the owner of it as soon as he saw she was not the right one. he gazed a moment. Tom. Tom accosted him. At last frocks ceased to appear. He was gloomy and desperate. broke through a group of boys. Tom. tumbling them in every direction. Could it be possible that she was not aware that he was there? He carried his exploits to her immediate vicinity. When Jeff arrived. It was noticed that this strange thing had been occurring every day latterly. and "led up" warily to opportunities for remark about Becky. she felt sorry." Tom looked up in her face with just a perceptible twinkle peeping through his gravity. and he heard her say: "Mf! some people think they're mighty smart--always showing off!" Tom's cheeks burned. . "I know you was meaning for the best. crushed and crestfallen. and let them blame HIM for the consequences--why shouldn't they? What right had the friendless to complain? Yes. He was sick. There was no choice. CHAPTER XIII TOM'S mind was made up now. he said. It done HIM good. The next instant he was out. before you aggravate me again. go 'long with you. to see if Becky Thatcher was noticing. He was a forsaken. almost upsetting her--and she turned. and you needn't take any more medicine. And. And you try and see if you can't be a good boy. And now. friendless boy. she never looked. jumping over the fence at risk of life and limb. since nothing would do them but to be rid of him. Presently Jeff Thatcher hove in sight. as usual of late. Her eyes watered a little. and so was I with Peter. with her nose in the air. for once. Then one more frock passed in at the gate. let it be so. he said. came war-whooping around. and Tom's heart gave a great bound. and he dropped hopelessly into the dumps. chasing boys. He gathered himself up and sneaked off. but they would not let him. Tom watched and watched. and he looked it. he entered the empty schoolhouse and sat down to suffer. himself.

" About midnight Tom arrived with a boiled ham and a few trifles. Then the sobs came thick and fast. and ended by hoping that Joe would not forget him. at a point where the Mississippi River was a trifle over a mile wide. Plainly here were "two souls with but a single thought. and living on crusts in a remote cave. Joe was for being a hermit. now. It was answered from under the bluff. he hoped she would be happy. distinct whistle. Tom listened a moment. there was nothing for him to do but succumb. and very still. began to blubber out something about a resolution to escape from hard usage and lack of sympathy at home by roaming abroad into the great world never to return. Just at this point he met his soul's sworn comrade. he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime. There was a small log raft there which they meant to capture. Joe Harper --hard-eyed. Each would bring hooks and lines. abreast a dense and almost wholly unpeopled forest. But it transpired that this was a request which Joe had just been going to make of Tom. and such provision as he could steal in the most dark and mysterious way--as became outlaws. he was indifferent." All who got this vague hint were cautioned to "be mum and wait. there was a long. They presently separated to meet at a lonely spot on the river-bank two miles above the village at the favorite hour--which was midnight. to think he should never. Then a guarded voice said: "Who goes there?" . they had all managed to enjoy the sweet glory of spreading the fact that pretty soon the town would "hear something. wooded island. but after listening to Tom. Three miles below St. So Jackson's Island was chosen. and dying. and with evidently a great and dismal purpose in his heart. but it was forced on him. narrow. His mother had whipped him for drinking some cream which he had never tasted and knew nothing about. and never regret having driven her poor boy out into the unfeeling world to suffer and die. As the two boys walked sorrowing along. and had come to hunt him up for that purpose. It was not inhabited. Who were to be the subjects of their piracies was a matter that did not occur to them. and this offered well as a rendezvous. and the bell for school to "take up" tinkled faintly upon his ear. he must submit--but he forgave them. if she felt that way. Tom whistled twice more.By this time he was far down Meadow Lane. some time. of cold and want and grief. with a shallow bar at the head of it. He sobbed. never hear that old familiar sound any more--it was very hard. Petersburg. Then they hunted up Huckleberry Finn. since he was driven out into the cold world." Tom. and stopped in a dense undergrowth on a small bluff overlooking the meeting-place. The mighty river lay like an ocean at rest. it lay far over toward the further shore. these signals were answered in the same way. they made a new compact to stand by each other and be brothers and never separate till death relieved them of their troubles. Then he gave a low. And before the afternoon was done. for all careers were one to him. It was starlight. it was plain that she was tired of him and wished him to go. but no sound disturbed the quiet. and he joined them promptly. and so he consented to be a pirate. wiping his eyes with his sleeve. Then they began to lay their plans.

" Tom had furnished these titles. Name your names. from his favorite literature. and suddenly halting with finger on lip. and flying-jib. but it lacked the advantages of difficulty and danger so valued by a pirate. and they went stealthily thither and helped themselves to a chunk. sir. to "let him have it to the hilt. half a dozen of ye . and with folded arms." They knew well enough that the raftsmen were all down at the village laying in stores or having a spree. and gave his orders in a low. tops'ls."Tom Sawyer. Tom stood amidships." "Send the r'yals up! Lay out aloft." Two hoarse whispers delivered the same awful word simultaneously to the brooding night: "BLOOD!" Then Tom tumbled his ham over the bluff and let himself down after it. but still that was no excuse for their conducting this thing in an unpiratical way. They saw a fire smouldering upon a great raft a hundred yards above. They shoved off. steady-y-y-y!" "Steady it is. Huck at the after oar and Joe at the forward. saying. and bring her to the wind!" "Aye-aye. "Hist!" every now and then." because "dead men tell no tales." and were not intended to mean anything in particular. and giving orders in dismal whispers that if "the foe" stirred. There was an easy. But none of the pirates smoked or "chewed" but himself. The Black Avenger of the Spanish Main said it would never do to start without some fire. The Terror of the Seas had brought a side of bacon. "What sail's she carrying?" "Courses. the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main. matches were hardly known there in that day. there. stern whisper: "Luff. Tom in command. comfortable path along the shore under the bluff. They made an imposing adventure of it. sir!" "Let her go off a point!" "Point it is. gloomy-browed. sir!" As the boys steadily and monotonously drove the raft toward mid-stream it was no doubt understood that these orders were given only for "style. and had also brought a few corn-cobs to make pipes with. moving with hands on imaginary dagger-hilts." "Huck Finn the Red-Handed. Give the countersign. "'Tis well. sir!" "Steady. and Joe Harper the Terror of the Seas. and had about worn himself out with getting it there. That was a wise thought. tearing both skin and clothes to some extent in the effort. presently. Finn the Red-Handed had stolen a skillet and a quantity of half-cured leaf tobacco.

and this they spread over a nook in the bushes for a tent to shelter their provisions. abroad on the wild sea. so there was not more than a two or three mile current. and the last allowance of corn pone devoured. The climbing fire lit up their faces and threw its ruddy glare upon the pillared tree-trunks of their forest temple. Hardly a word was said during the next three-quarters of an hour. but they themselves would sleep in the open air in good weather. and then lay on their oars. About two o'clock in the morning the raft grounded on the bar two hundred yards above the head of the island. too. as became outlaws. and upon the varnished foliage and festooning vines. But they discovered the danger in time. It seemed glorious sport to be feasting in that wild. "AIN'T it gay?" said Joe. Two or three glimmering lights showed where it lay. and they said they never would return to civilization. unconscious of the tremendous event that was happening. The Black Avenger stood still with folded arms. but they would not deny themselves such a romantic feature as the roasting camp-fire. and used up half of the corn "pone" stock they had brought. and then cooked some bacon in the frying-pan for supper. and they all looked so long that they came near letting the current drift them out of the range of the island. Hucky!" . beyond the vague vast sweep of star-gemmed water. men! With a will! Stead-y-y-y!" "Steady it is. "What would the boys say if they could see us?" "Say? Well. now!" "Aye-aye. and made shift to avert it. The other pirates were looking their last. sir!" "Shake out that maintogalans'l! Sheets and braces! NOW my hearties!" "Aye-aye. Part of the little raft's belongings consisted of an old sail. It was but a small strain on his imagination to remove Jackson's Island beyond eyeshot of the village. the boys pointed her head right. filled with contentment. and so he "looked his last" with a broken and satisfied heart. and they waded back and forth until they had landed their freight. "looking his last" upon the scene of his former joys and his later sufferings. Now the raft was passing before the distant town.--foretopmaststuns'l! Lively. peacefully sleeping. They built a fire against the side of a great log twenty or thirty steps within the sombre depths of the forest. free way in the virgin forest of an unexplored and uninhabited island. going to his doom with a grim smile on his lips. the boys stretched themselves out on the grass. and wishing "she" could see him now. When the last crisp slice of bacon was gone. "It's NUTS!" said Tom. They could have found a cooler place. sir!" "Hellum-a-lee--hard a port! Stand by to meet her when she comes! Port. facing peril and death with dauntless heart. port! NOW. they'd just die to be here--hey. The river was not high. far from the haunts of men. sir!" The raft drew beyond the middle of the river.

you know." said Tom. mornings." "And they carry the women to the island. Hermits always do. you WOULD be a nice old slouch of a hermit." The Red-Handed made no response." "Why. and--" "What does he put sackcloth and ashes on his head for?" inquired Huck. loaded it with tobacco. "people don't go much on hermits. Presently Huck said: "What does pirates have to do?" Tom said: "Oh." assented Tom. "I dono. too. "they don't kill the women." "You see." "It's just the life for me. and kill everybody in the ships--make 'em walk a plank. and then he don't have any fun. The other pirates envied him this majestic vice. "anyways." "No. but a pirate's always respected." said Tom. and now he fitted a weed stem to it."I reckon so. And a hermit's got to sleep on the hardest place he can find. But I wouldn't do that." said Huckleberry. And the women's always beautiful. "Well." said Joe. gen'ally--and here they can't come and pick at a feller and bullyrag him so. You'd have to do that if you was a hermit. and put sackcloth and ashes on his head. and wash. "they don't kill the women--they're too noble. You'd be a disgrace. anyway. I just wouldn't stand it. Huck. I'd a good deal rather be a pirate. and stand out in the rain. I don't ever get enough to eat. like they used to in old times." "Oh yes. nowadays. now that I've tried it. that's so. "And don't they wear the bulliest clothes! Oh no! All gold and silver . Joe." "Dern'd if I would. I'd run away. being better employed. and secretly resolved to acquire it shortly. and all that blame foolishness. "You don't have to get up. all by himself that way. I'm suited. but a hermit HE has to be praying considerable." said Huck. and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there's ghosts and things to watch it. He had finished gouging out a cob. But they've GOT to do it. and you don't have to go to school. "but I hadn't thought much about it." said Joe. How'd you get around it?" "Why. You see a pirate don't have to do ANYTHING. you'd HAVE to. I don't want nothing better'n this. and was pressing a coal to the charge and blowing a cloud of fragrant smoke--he was in the full bloom of luxurious contentment. what would you do?" "I dono." "Run away! Well. when he's ashore. they have just a bully time--take ships and burn them.

but they were afraid to proceed to such lengths as that." while taking bacon and hams and such valuables was plain simple stealing--and there was a command against that in the Bible. after they should have begun their adventures. Then conscience granted a truce. "but I ain't got none but these. Then at once they reached and hovered upon the imminent verge of sleep--but an intruder came. it seemed to them. though it was customary for wealthy pirates to start with a proper wardrobe. and there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods. Now. now. and he slept the sleep of the conscience-free and the weary. another answered. far away in the woods a bird called. It was the cool gray dawn. with enthusiasm. their piracies should not again be sullied with the crime of stealing." Huck scanned his own clothing forlornly. The pipe dropped from the fingers of the Red-Handed." said he. They said their prayers inwardly. but conscience was not to be appeased by such thin plausibilities.and di'monds. Then he comprehended. "Who?" said Huck. lest they might call down a sudden and special thunderbolt from heaven. not a sound obtruded upon great Nature's meditation." It was conscience. Gradually the cool dim gray of the morning whitened. and a thin blue breath of smoke rose straight into the air. "Why. that there was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only "hooking. He sat up and rubbed his eyes and looked around. he wondered where he was. Gradually their talk died out and drowsiness began to steal upon the eyelids of the little waifs. The marvel of Nature shaking off sleep and going to work unfolded itself to the musing boy. that would not "down. They tried to argue it away by reminding conscience that they had purloined sweetmeats and apples scores of times." But the other boys told him the fine clothes would come fast enough. and then the real torture came. in the end. the pirates. "I reckon I ain't dressed fitten for a pirate. and next they thought of the stolen meat. with a regretful pathos in his voice." said Joe. they had a mind not to say them at all. The Terror of the Seas and the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main had more difficulty in getting to sleep. and lying down. presently the hammering of a woodpecker was heard. So they inwardly resolved that so long as they remained in the business. and as gradually sounds multiplied and life manifested itself. They made him understand that his poor rags would do to begin with. They began to feel a vague fear that they had been doing wrong to run away. since there was nobody there with authority to make them kneel and recite aloud. Not a leaf stirred. in truth. CHAPTER XIV WHEN Tom awoke in the morning. Beaded dewdrops stood upon the leaves and grasses. Joe and Huck still slept. and these curiously inconsistent pirates fell peacefully to sleep. A white layer of ashes covered the fire. A little green worm came .

the Northern mocker. and stopped on a twig almost within the boy's reach. and the boys made cups of broad oak or hickory leaves. your house is on fire. a couple of sun-perch and a small catfish--provisions enough for quite a family. and trilled out her imitations of her neighbors in a rapture of enjoyment. lit in a tree over Tom's head. too. long lances of sunlight pierced down through the dense foliage far and near. with his hopes rising and falling. a gray squirrel and a big fellow of the "fox" kind came skurrying along. a flash of blue flame. since its going was something like burning the bridge between them and civilization. They felt no longing for the little village sleeping in the distance beyond the majestic waste of water. of its own accord. now. lady-bug. and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once. would be a good enough substitute for coffee. and a large ingredient of hunger make. A catbird. A vagrant current or a slight rise in the river had carried off their raft. bathing. and ravenous. They fried the fish with the bacon." then proceeding again--for he was measuring. . but this only gratified them. and when the worm approached him. they stepped to a promising nook in the river-bank and threw in their lines. and they reflected little upon what a sauce open-air sleeping. lifting two-thirds of his body into the air from time to time and "sniffing around. Tom stirred up the other pirates and they all clattered away with a shout. sitting up at intervals to inspect and chatter at the boys. and Tom touched the creature. Tom and Huck asked him to hold on a minute. and a few butterflies came fluttering upon the scene. and went about their labors. he sat as still as a stone. A tumblebug came next. The birds were fairly rioting by this time. and in a minute or two were stripped and chasing after and tumbling over each other in the shallow limpid water of the white sandbar. sweetened with such a wildwood charm as that. They did not know that the quicker a fresh-water fish is on the fire after he is caught the better he is. and lugged it straight up a tree-trunk. and felt that water. for the wild things had probably never seen a human being before and scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not. as the creature still came toward him or seemed inclined to go elsewhere. for no fish had ever seemed so delicious before. for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations. A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy height of a grass blade. your children's alone. While Joe was slicing bacon for breakfast. and they soon had the camp-fire blazing up again. one struggled manfully by with a dead spider five times as big as itself in its arms. and were astonished. by turns. cocked his head to one side and eyed the strangers with a consuming curiosity. "Lady-bug. to see it shut its legs against its body and pretend to be dead." and she took wing and went off to see about it --which did not surprise the boy. Now a procession of ants appeared. his whole heart was glad--for that meant that he was going to have a new suit of clothes--without the shadow of a doubt a gaudy piratical uniform. open-air exercise. heaving sturdily at its ball. Huck found a spring of clear cold water close by.crawling over a dewy leaf. glad-hearted. then a shrill jay swept down. and when at last it considered a painful moment with its curved body in the air and then came decisively down upon Tom's leg and began a journey over him. Tom said. Joe had not had time to get impatient before they were back again with some handsome bass. All Nature was wide awake and stirring. almost immediately they had reward. They came back to camp wonderfully refreshed. from nowhere in particular. and Tom bent down close to it and said. fly away home.

just as one sometimes is of the ticking of a clock which he takes no distinct note of. "I know now!" exclaimed Tom. while Huck had a smoke. "Listen--don't talk. But the talk soon began to drag. This took dim shape. "becuz thunder--" "Hark!" said Tom. under his breath. and then threw themselves down in the shade to talk. They were too hungry to stop to fish.They lay around in the shade. and they take loaves of bread and put . that same dull throb of sound was borne to the listeners again. The stillness. sullen boom came floating down out of the distance. began to tell upon the spirits of the boys. glanced at each other. then a deep. drifting with the current. and that the shore it lay closest to was only separated from it by a narrow channel hardly two hundred yards wide." They sprang to their feet and hurried to the shore toward the town. "they done that last summer. the solemnity that brooded in the woods. so it was close upon the middle of the afternoon when they got back to camp. They took a swim about every hour. Now and then they came upon snug nooks carpeted with grass and jeweled with flowers. now. Yes. They parted the bushes on the bank and peered out over the water. The boys started. "What is it!" exclaimed Joe. in an awed tone. But now this mysterious sound became more pronounced. They tramped gayly along. The little steam ferryboat was about a mile below the village. and as it expanded and rose in a lazy cloud. and none was brave enough to speak his thought. through tangled underbrush. and then went off through the woods on an exploring expedition. A sort of undefined longing crept upon them. For some time. They fell to thinking. Her broad deck seemed crowded with people. and then each assumed a listening attitude. "somebody's drownded!" "That's it!" said Huck. "Let's go and see. and then died. the boys had been dully conscious of a peculiar sound in the distance." said Tom in a whisper. and forced a recognition. "I wonder. There was a long silence. after breakfast." said Huckleberry. and the sense of loneliness. They found plenty of things to be delighted with. Presently a great jet of white smoke burst from the ferryboat's side. presently--it was budding homesickness. and then the same muffled boom troubled the solemn hush. but the boys could not determine what the men in them were doing. but nothing to be astonished at. Even Finn the Red-Handed was dreaming of his doorsteps and empty hogsheads. and that makes him come up to the top. There were a great many skiffs rowing about or floating with the stream in the neighborhood of the ferryboat. They discovered that the island was about three miles long and a quarter of a mile wide. they shoot a cannon over the water. "'Tain't thunder. hung from their crowns to the ground with a drooping regalia of grape-vines. among solemn monarchs of the forest. But they were all ashamed of their weakness. but they fared sumptuously upon cold ham. profound and unbroken. over decaying logs." They waited a time that seemed an age. when Bill Turner got drownded.

" "Well." "Yes." The other boys agreed that there was reason in what Tom said. after all. "I wonder what makes the bread do that. hearts were breaking on their account. Anybody might know that. They caught fish. but-Tom withered him with derision! Huck. and then fell to guessing at what the village was thinking and saying about them. "I reckon it's mostly what they SAY over it before they start it out. they were mourned." said Tom. they gradually ceased to talk. now. I've heard about that. But when the shadows of night closed them in." and was glad to get out of the scrape with as little taint of chicken-hearted homesickness clinging to his garments as he could." "But they don't say anything over it. Mutiny was effectually laid to rest for the moment. and unavailing regrets and remorse were being indulged." The boys still listened and watched. being uncommitted as yet. It was worth while to be a pirate. The excitement was gone. and wherever there's anybody that's drownded. they'll float right there and stop. "By jings. This was fine. and he exclaimed: "Boys. "But maybe they say it to themselves. Of COURSE they do. a sigh or two escaped. and sat gazing into the fire. By and by Joe timidly ventured upon a roundabout "feeler" as to how the others might look upon a return to civilization--not right now." said Joe. the departed were the talk of the whole town. cooked supper and ate it. with their minds evidently wandering elsewhere. as far as this dazzling notoriety was concerned." said Huck. accusing memories of unkindness to these poor lost lads were rising up." said Joe. uninstructed by an incantation. they grew troubled and unhappy. because an ignorant lump of bread. Misgivings came. the ferryboat went back to her accustomed business and the skiffs disappeared." "Oh. joined in with Tom. and the pictures they drew of the public distress on their account were gratifying to look upon--from their point of view. Here was a gorgeous triumph. The pirates returned to camp. I know who's drownded--it's us!" They felt like heroes in an instant. now. Presently a revealing thought flashed through Tom's mind.quicksilver in 'em and set 'em afloat. unawares. "I've seen 'em and they don't. and the envy of all the boys. As twilight drew on. it ain't the bread. that's funny. They were jubilant with vanity over their new grandeur and the illustrious trouble they were making. I wish I was over there. tears were being shed. they were missed. and the waverer quickly "explained. "I do too" said Huck "I'd give heaps to know who it is. and best of all. could not be expected to act very intelligently when set upon an errand of such gravity. . and Tom and Joe could not keep back thoughts of certain persons at home who were not enjoying this fine frolic as much as they were." said Tom. so much.

There sat Aunt Polly. I believe. Tom hurried up. one he rolled up and put in his jacket pocket. so he put his head through and began. till he judged he might squeeze through on his knees. Sid." Then he tiptoed his way cautiously among the trees till he felt that he was out of hearing. on his knees. He climbed over. three fishhooks. watching the two intently. watching with all his eyes. Shortly before ten o'clock he came out into an open place opposite the village. Everything was quiet under the blinking stars. Tom felt happy in his success. CHAPTER XV A FEW minutes later Tom was in the shoal water of the bar. And he also put into the hat certain schoolboy treasures of almost inestimable value--among them a lump of chalk. and finally chose two which seemed to suit him. and saw the ferryboat lying in the shadow of the trees and the high bank. warily. and one of that kind of marbles known as a "sure 'nough crystal. talking. for he knew it was the boat's last trip for the night. wading toward the Illinois shore. He picked up and inspected several large semi-cylinders of the thin white bark of a sycamore. for a light was burning there. against the boat's swell. Go 'long and shut it. now. landing fifty yards downstream. At the end of a long twelve or fifteen minutes the wheels stopped. panting." . "What makes the candle blow so?" said Aunt Polly. of course it is. then he pressed gently and the door yielded a crack. out of danger of possible stragglers. He flew along unfrequented alleys.As the night deepened. No end of strange things now. and the bed was between them and the door. and went searching among the grass and the flickering reflections flung by the camp-fire. and Joe Harper's mother. He swam quartering upstream. with streaming garments. the current would permit no more wading. for some time. He put his hand on his jacket pocket. and shortly found himself at his aunt's back fence. However. Why. Sid. and straightway broke into a keen run in the direction of the sandbar. and then struck through the woods. and presently to snore. Before the depth reached his middle he was half-way over. Tom went to the door and began to softly lift the latch. At last he got up cautiously. and drifted along till he found a low place and drew himself out. he reached the shore finally. Then he knelt by the fire and painfully wrote something upon each of these with his "red keel". They were by the bed. so he struck out confidently to swim the remaining hundred yards. Tom lay upon his elbow motionless. found his piece of bark safe. swam three or four strokes and climbed into the skiff that did "yawl" duty at the boat's stern. He crept down the bank. grouped together. that door's open. Joe followed next." A minute or two later the skiff's head was standing high up. and the voyage was begun. Presently the cracked bell tapped and a voice gave the order to "cast off. "Why. Mary. he continued pushing cautiously. and Tom slipped overboard and swam ashore in the dusk. He laid himself down under the thwarts and waited. but still was swept downward rather faster than he had expected. slipped into the water. following the shore. approached the "ell. and quaking every time it creaked. an India-rubber ball. Huck began to nod. and the other he put in Joe's hat and removed it to a little distance from the owner." and looked in at the sitting-room window.

yes. No longer ago than yesterday noon. he was sufficiently touched by his aunt's grief to long to rush out from under the bed and overwhelm her with joy--and the theatrical gorgeousness of the thing appealed strongly to his nature. Only just giddy. and she broke entirely down. how soon--Oh. and harum-scarum. poor dead boy. He warn't any more responsible than a colt. but toward noon the raft had been found. "But as I was saying. sir! Oh. and putting in a kindly word for him from time to time. never once recollecting that I throwed it out myself because it was sour. they must be drowned. then the small raft had been missed. and up to every kind of mischief. next. never. And God forgive me. Mrs. now that he's gone! God'll take care of HIM--never you trouble YOURself. the wise-heads had "put this and that together" and decided that the lads had gone off on that raft and would turn up at the next town below. But he's out of all his troubles now. "Not a word against my Tom. to think I went and whipped him for taking that cream. else hunger would have driven them home by nightfall if not sooner. so to say --only mischEEvous. "but if he'd been better in some ways--" "SID!" Tom felt the glare of the old lady's eye. He lay and "breathed" himself for a time. I know just how you feel. and I never to see him again in this world." said Sid. "It was just so with my Joe--always full of his devilment." "The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away--Blessed be the name of the Lord! But it's so hard--Oh. Harper. Harper. although he tormented my old heart out of me. and gathered by odds and ends that it was conjectured at first that the boys had got drowned while taking a swim. my Tom took and filled the cat full of Pain-killer. lodged against the Missouri shore some five or six miles below the village --and then hope perished. Mrs. it's so hard! Only last Saturday my Joe busted a firecracker right under my nose and I knocked him sprawling. but he was just as unselfish and kind as he could be--and laws bless me. but he resisted and lay still. too. Little did I know then. you know. poor boy. 'most. It was believed that the . I cracked Tom's head with my thimble. HE never meant any harm. I know just exactly how you feel. "he warn't BAD. and he was the best-hearted boy that ever was"--and she began to cry. and I did think the cretur would tear the house down." said Aunt Polly. if it was to do over again I'd hug him and bless him for it. presently. He could hear Mary crying. He began to have a nobler opinion of himself than ever before. poor abused boy!" And Mrs. Still. never. certain boys said the missing lads had promised that the village should "hear something" soon. "I hope Tom's better off where he is. And the last words I ever heard him say was to reproach--" But this memory was too much for the old lady. now. Harper sobbed as if her heart would break." "Yes. Tom was snuffling. himself--and more in pity of himself than anybody else. and then crept to where he could almost touch his aunt's foot. yes. I don't know how to give him up! I don't know how to give him up! He was such a comfort to me.Tom disappeared under the bed just in time. He went on listening. though he could not see it. never.

being good swimmers. and turning over. He won't desert. Harper gave a sobbing good-night and turned to go. and with such measureless love in her words and her old trembling voice. When he had pulled a mile above the village. long before she was through. for this was a familiar bit of work to him. A little later he for the bodies had been a fruitless effort merely because the drowning must have occurred in mid-channel. and he lingered considering. that he was weltering in tears again. consoling cry. His face lighted with a happy solution of his thought. and Tom's too proud for that sort of thing. Aunt Polly knelt down and prayed for Tom so touchingly. and was soon rowing cautiously upstream. and then started warily down the home-stretch. But something occurred to him. Huck. So he stepped ashore and entered the woods. would otherwise have escaped to shore. Now I wonder what?" "Well. and he'll come back. He knows that would be a disgrace to a pirate. arguing that it might be considered a ship and therefore legitimate prey for a pirate. all hope would be given over. rose gradually by the bedside. and then he plunged into the stream. tossing unrestfully. This was Wednesday night. The writing says they are if he ain't back here to breakfast. Sid snuffled a bit and Mary went off crying with all her heart. and heard Joe say: "No. and the funerals would be preached on that morning. but he knew a thorough search would be made for it and that might end in revelations. He untied the skiff at the stern. He was moved to capture the skiff. dripping. He had to keep still long after she went to bed. He hit the landing on the other side neatly. for she kept making broken-hearted ejaculations from time to time. He rested again until the sun was well up and gilding the great river with its splendor. The night was far spent. But at last she was still. Aunt Polly was tender far beyond her wont. who always turned in and slept like a graven image. Then he bent over and kissed the faded lips. for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman. Mrs. and then parted. and stood regarding her. the things is ours. torturing himself meanwhile to keep awake. upon the threshold of the camp. He threaded his way back to the ferry landing. only moaning a little in her sleep." . Then with a mutual impulse the two bereaved women flung themselves into each other's arms and had a good. slipped into it. His heart was full of pity for her. If the bodies continued missing until Sunday. shaded the candle-light with his hand. he put the bark hastily in his pocket. ain't they?" "Pretty near. Tom's true-blue. and walked boldly on board the boat. It was broad daylight before he found himself fairly abreast the island bar. so appealingly. and straightway made his stealthy exit. He's up to something or other. latching the door behind him. Huck. in her good-night to Sid and Mary. since the boys. Now the boy stole out. found nobody at large there. but not yet. He took out his sycamore scroll and placed it by the candle. he started quartering across and bent himself stoutly to his work. anyway. Tom shuddered. He sat down and took a long rest.

too. so they drew a ring in the sand and had a circus--with three clowns in it. And now and then they stooped in a group and splashed water in each other's faces with their palms. and was angry with himself for his weakness. stepping grandly into camp. and by that time the other boys were tired and ready to rest. shedding clothes as they went. They went about poking sticks into the sand. But Joe's spirits had gone down almost beyond resurrection. Tom recounted (and adorned) his adventures. they would run out and sprawl on the dry. Next they got their marbles and played "knucks" and "ring-taw" and "keeps" till that amusement grew stale. Tom was downhearted. Then Joe and Huck had another swim. . hot sand. They had a famous fried-egg feast that night. but Tom would not venture. and then continued the frolic far away up the shoal water of the bar. until they were naked. Finally it occurred to them that their naked skin represented flesh-colored "tights" very fairly. and as the boys set to work upon it. against the stiff current. dropped into the "dumps. and another on Friday morning. with averted faces to avoid the strangling sprays. and when they found a soft place they went down on their knees and dug with their hands. and gasping for breath at one and the same time. because he found that in kicking off his trousers he had kicked his string of rattlesnake rattles off his ankle. Sometimes they would take fifty or sixty eggs out of one hole. which latter tripped their legs from under them from time to time and greatly increased the fun. Then Tom hid himself away in a shady nook to sleep till noon. Tom found himself writing "BECKY" in the sand with his big toe. A sumptuous breakfast of bacon and fish was shortly provided. gradually approaching each other. He erased it once more and then took himself out of temptation by driving the other boys together and joining them. Huck was melancholy. laughing. CHAPTER XVI AFTER dinner all the gang turned out to hunt for turtle eggs on the bar. They were a vain and boastful company of heroes when the tale was done. After breakfast they went whooping and prancing out on the bar. and chased each other round and round. and lie there and cover themselves up with it. and then they all went under in a tangle of white legs and arms and came up blowing." and fell to gazing longingly across the wide river to where the village lay drowsing in the sun. They were perfectly round white things a trifle smaller than an English walnut."Which he is!" exclaimed Tom. and finally gripping and struggling till the best man ducked his neighbor. and he wondered how he had escaped cramp so long without the protection of this mysterious charm. They gradually wandered apart. and by and by break for the water again and go through the original performance once more. with fine dramatic effect. nevertheless. sputtering. he could not help it. for none would yield this proudest post to his neighbor. He did not venture again until he had found it. He was so homesick that he could hardly endure the misery of it. But he wrote it again. he scratched it out. and the other pirates got ready to fish and explore. The tears lay very near the surface. When they were well exhausted.

Huck could not bear the look. Tom. you're a nice pirate. yet. We'll stay. Tom's heart began to sink." "Tom. won't we." And Joe snuffled a little. We'll explore it again." "But. I better go." But Tom was uneasy. "Well. I don't seem to care for it. I reckon. Joe." "Oh no. I ain't any more baby than you are. boys. How'd you feel to light on a rotten chest full of gold and silver--hey?" But it roused only faint enthusiasm. It's so lonesome. Huck? Let him go if he wants to. too. Joe began to wade off toward the Illinois shore. we'll let the cry-baby go home to his mother." "Yes. too. and dropped his eyes.but tried hard not to show it. with a great show of cheerfulness: "I bet there's been pirates on this island before. rising." . don't you. I mean to stay. Tom. without a parting word. per'aps. too. And then it was discomforting to see Huck eying Joe's preparations so wistfully. Huck and me ain't cry-babies." said Tom." "Swimming's no good." "I won't! You can all go. It was getting so lonesome anyway. if you want to. "Who cares!" said Tom. let's give it up. Joe. Huck? Poor thing--does it want to see its mother? And so it shall. you'll feel better by and by." "I don't care for fishing. when there ain't anybody to say I sha'n't go in. Finally he said: "Oh. Oh." said Joe. "There now!" And he moved moodily away and began to dress himself. "Just think of the fishing that's here. Presently. won't we. and keeping up such an ominous silence. and now it'll be worse. Tom tried one or two other seductions. Huck? We'll stay. there ain't such another swimming-place anywhere. but if this mutinous depression was not broken up soon. he would have to bring it out. He said. nevertheless. It was discouraging work. I DO want to see my mother--and you would. Go 'long home and get laughed at. I mean to go home. I reckon we can get along without him. They've hid treasures here somewhere. "I'll never speak to you again as long as I live. which faded out. shucks! Baby! You want to see your mother. Then he said: "I want to go. He had a secret which he was not ready to tell. too. I want to go home. boys. and was alarmed to see Joe go sullenly on with his dressing. Joe sat poking up the sand with a stick and looking very gloomy. somehow. "Nobody wants you to. Let's us go. "Y-e-s"--without any heart in it. I want to go home. if you had one." "Oh. with no reply. You like it here. won't we?" Huck said. He glanced at Huck. but they failed.

and thought well I wish I could do that. go 'long--who's hendering you. Once down by the slaughter-house. The smoke had an unpleasant taste. that's all. but I never thought I could. chattering all the time about Tom's stupendous plan and admiring the genius of it." said Huck. and so he had meant to hold it in reserve as a last seduction. charily. Huck? I'll leave it to Huck if I haven't. and they "bit" the tongue." Huck began to pick up his scattered clothes. and Johnny Miller. they wouldn't have started away. I have too. Now you think it over. Now they stretched themselves out on their elbows and began to puff. He hoped the boys would stop." said Tom. it's just as easy! If I'd a knowed this was all."Well. Don't you remember. he began unfolding his secret. It suddenly dawned on Tom that it was become very lonely and still. 'bout me saying that?" "Yes. when I said it. too. and they gagged a little. When he got to where they were." "Well." "Yes--heaps of times. Don't you remember. Huck. "That was the day after I lost a white alley." Huck started sorrowfully away. 'twas the day before. I wisht you'd come." . Joe caught at the idea and said he would like to try. "Well. No. yelling: "Wait! Wait! I want to tell you something!" They presently stopped and turned around. you'll wait a blame long time. but Tom said: "Why. "That's just the way with me." said Joe. and then they set up a war-whoop of applause and said it was "splendid!" and said if he had told them at first. and were not considered manly anyway. and then darted after his comrades." "Why. but they still waded slowly on. We'll wait for you when we get to shore. with a strong desire tugging at his heart to yield his pride and go along too. "oh. and they listened moodily till at last they saw the "point" he was driving at. hundreds of times. and with slender confidence. that's so. "It's just nothing. many a time I've looked at people smoking. The lads came gayly back and went at their sports again with a will." "So would I." said Tom. now. and Tom stood looking after him. He said: "Tom. So Huck made pipes and filled them. Huck? Bob Tanner was there. He made one final struggle with his pride. Tom said he wanted to learn to smoke." said Huck. but his real reason had been the fear that not even the secret would keep them with him any very great length of time. I'd a learnt long ago. and Jeff Thatcher. hain't it. After a dainty egg and fish dinner. He made a plausible excuse. Huck? You've heard me talk just that way--haven't you. These novices had never smoked anything before but cigars made of grape-vine. too.

and another one." "'Deed it would. HE'D see!" "I bet he would. Joe." "So do I." said Tom. and went to find his comrades."There--I told you so.' And you'll say. "I could smoke it all day. Joe said feebly: "I've lost my knife. Say--I wish the boys could see us now. now." "Oh. No. Joe's pipe dropped from his nerveless fingers. Tom's followed. that'll be gay. both very pale. both fast asleep. and grow disjointed. as if it warn't anything. "Why. Both fountains were going furiously and both pumps bailing with might and main. They were wide apart in the woods. But I bet you Jeff Thatcher couldn't. and then just see 'em look!" "By jings. Just one little snifter would fetch HIM. and sudden retchings followed every time. 'Yes. Huck--we can find it.' And I'll say. he'd keel over just with two draws." "I bleeve I could smoke this pipe all day. but my tobacker ain't very good. with quivering lips and halting utterance: "I'll help you. Both boys were looking very pale and miserable. got a pipe? I want a smoke. I reckon not! I'll just BET they will!" So the talk ran on." So Huck sat down again. Every pore inside the boys' cheeks became a spouting fountain. I bet you Johnny Miller couldn't any more do this than nothing. 'Oh. little overflowings down their throats occurred in spite of all they could do. Just let him try it once. But presently it began to flag a trifle." said Joe. don't I!" said Joe. But something informed him that if they had had any trouble they had got rid of it. "Huck recollects it." said Tom. if it's STRONG enough. won't they wish they'd been along?" "Oh. I'll come up to you and say. and waited an hour. that's all right. 'Joe. the expectoration marvellously increased." "Neither do I. kind of careless like." "Jeff Thatcher! Why. and some time when they're around. "I don't feel sick. you'll say. And Johnny Miller--I wish could see Johnny Miller tackle it once." "Say--boys. Tom! I wish it was NOW!" "So do I! And when we tell 'em we learned when we was off pirating. . I got my OLD pipe." Tom said. You go over that way and I'll hunt around by the spring. they could scarcely bail out the cellars under their tongues fast enough to prevent an inundation. Then he found it lonesome. I reckon I better go and find it. you needn't come. The silences widened. don't say anything about it. and we'll light up just as ca'm.' And then you'll out with the pipes.

It was a wild night for homeless young heads to be out in. The boys cried out to each other. all at one and the same moment. One blinding flash after another came. burn it up. in the thick gloom that followed. They sprang away. . white with foam. Another fierce glare lit up the forest and an instant crash followed that seemed to rend the tree-tops right over the boys' heads. And now a drenching rain poured down and the rising hurricane drove it in sheets along the ground. that grew about their feet. keen and sharp. They sat still. By and by another came. intent and waiting. Then a faint moan came sighing through the branches of the forest and the boys felt a fleeting breath upon their cheeks. They clung together in terror. they were not feeling very well--something they ate at dinner had disagreed with them. the dim outlines of the high bluffs on the other side.They were not talkative at supper that night. stumbling over roots and among vines in the dark. Now a weird flash turned night into day and showed every little grass-blade. About midnight Joe awoke. "Quick! boys. and deafen every creature in it. and the unflagging thunder-peals came now in ear-splitting explosive bursts. too. and peal on peal of deafening thunder. but to have company in misery seemed something to be grateful for. and shuddered with the fancy that the Spirit of the Night had gone by. A few big rain-drops fell pattering upon the leaves. they said no. even if the other noises would have allowed them. but the roaring wind and the booming thunder-blasts drowned their voices utterly. cold. There was a pause. scared. blow it away. go for the tent!" exclaimed Tom. glimpsed through the drifting cloud-rack and the slanting veil of rain. A sweep of chilly air passed by. Every little while some giant tree yielded the fight and fell crashing through the younger growth. They could not talk. everything below stood out in clean-cut and shadowless distinctness: the bending trees. Then another. A furious blast roared through the trees. with many tumblings and bruises. Presently there came a quivering glow that vaguely revealed the foliage for a moment and then vanished. The tempest rose higher and higher. rustling all the leaves and snowing the flaky ashes broadcast about the fire. They had a humble look. Under the ceaseless conflagration of lightning that flamed in the skies. though the dull dead heat of the breathless atmosphere was stifling. no two plunging in the same direction. A deep peal of thunder went rolling and tumbling down the heavens and lost itself in sullen rumblings in the distance. Now the battle was at its highest. separate and distinct. a little stronger. There was a brooding oppressiveness in the air that seemed to bode something. However. to the shelter of a great oak that stood upon the river-bank. the old sail flapped so furiously. making everything sing as it went. startled faces. and when Huck prepared his pipe after the meal and was going to prepare theirs. and streaming with water. The boys seized each others' hands and fled. Beyond the light of the fire everything was swallowed up in the blackness of darkness. drown it to the tree-tops. and called the boys. the driving spray of spume-flakes. the billowy river. And it showed three white. The solemn hush continued. The boys huddled themselves together and sought the friendly companionship of the fire. The storm culminated in one matchless effort that seemed likely to tear the island to pieces. and presently the sail tore loose from its fastenings and went winging away on the blast. one by one they straggled in at last and took shelter under the tent. and unspeakably appalling.

or anything. and a little homesick once more. but they presently discovered that the fire had eaten so far up under the great log it had been built against (where it curved upward and separated itself from the ground). for they were soaked through and chilled. and so they spent a jubilant evening. drowsiness came over them. was a ruin. They assembled in camp toward supper-time. with right fair success.But at last the battle was done. He reminded them of the imposing secret. Everything in camp was drenched. No. like their generation. that a handbreadth or so of it had escaped wetting. Then they piled on great dead boughs till they had a roaring furnace. Tom saw the signs. They were not likely to fool away this high promise for lack of effort. It was a gory day. After the meal they felt rusty. The boys went back to camp. However. the shelter of their beds. or circus. of course--and then they went tearing through the woods to attack an English settlement. they practised cautiously. after supper. so it was not long before they were stripped. and the forces retired with weaker and weaker threatenings and grumblings. We will . they did not get sick enough to be seriously uncomfortable. and stiff-jointed. and after that they sat by the fire and expanded and glorified their midnight adventure until morning. This was to knock off being pirates. like so many zebras--all of them chiefs. a good deal awed. They were eloquent in their distress. Here was matter for dismay. for there was not a dry spot to sleep on. As the sun began to steal in upon the boys. By and by they separated into three hostile tribes. anywhere around. with shreds and bark gathered from the under sides of sheltered logs. They were attracted by this idea. he got them interested in a new device. they were glad they had gone into savagery. for a while. in due form. Two of the savages almost wished they had remained pirates. so with such show of cheerfulness as they could muster they called for the pipe and took their whiff as it passed. there was no other way. now. hungry and happy. They dried their boiled ham and had a feast. and killed and scalped each other by thousands. they found that they could now smoke a little without having to go and hunt for a lost knife. and fell to cheering up the pirates as well as he could. so they patiently wrought until. and they were not under it when the catastrophe happened. and had made no provision against rain. and peace resumed her sway. and they went out on the sandbar and lay down to sleep. but they found there was still something to be thankful for. for they were but heedless lads. And behold. and be Indians for a change. or swimming. They were prouder and happier in their new acquirement than they would have been in the scalping and skinning of the Six Nations. for they had gained something. and were glad-hearted once more. and striped from head to heel with black mud. they coaxed the fire to burn again. the camp-fire as well. and darted upon each other from ambush with dreadful war-whoops. and this was a simple impossibility without smoking a pipe of peace. but now a difficulty arose--hostile Indians could not break the bread of hospitality together without first making peace. because the great sycamore. and raised a ray of cheer. and drearily set about getting breakfast. But they cared nothing for marbles. There was no other process that ever they had heard of. blasted by the lightnings. They got scorched out by and by. Consequently it was an extremely satisfactory one. While it lasted.

Presently she stopped. more or less tampered with by the witness. in awed voices. Most of the boys could say that. still recalling memories of the lost heroes. and stood looking over the paling fence and talking in reverent tones of how Tom did so-and-so the last time they saw him. But he's gone now. but I can see now!" Then there was a dispute about who saw the dead boys last in life. Oh. and many claimed that dismal distinction. She soliloquized: "Oh. and offered evidences. The group loitered away. The Saturday holiday seemed a burden to the children. The villagers conducted their concerns with an absent air. and as if you was him--I was as close as that--and he smiled. It was a very still Sabbath. with great grief and many tears. and exchanged the last words with them. and the mournful sound seemed in keeping with the musing hush . But she found nothing there to comfort her. but they sighed often. if I only had a brass andiron-knob again! But I haven't got anything now to remember him by. In the afternoon Becky Thatcher found herself moping about the deserted schoolhouse yard. I wouldn't say that--I wouldn't say it for the whole world.leave them to smoke and chatter and brag. An unusual quiet possessed the village. The Harpers. I'll never." This thought broke her down. in all conscience." But that bid for glory was a failure." And she choked back a little sob. never see him any more. were being put into mourning. instead of ringing in the usual way. although it was ordinarily quiet enough. and how Joe said this and that small trifle (pregnant with awful prophecy. One poor chap. and so that cheapened the distinction too much. since we have no further use for them at present. the next morning. and talked little. never. the lucky parties took upon themselves a sort of sacred importance. Tom Sawyer he licked me once. and were gaped at and envied by all the rest. Then quite a group of boys and girls--playmates of Tom's and Joe's--came by. said with tolerably manifest pride in the remembrance: "Well. and when it was ultimately decided who DID see the departed last. the bell began to toll. and Aunt Polly's family. like--awful. with tears rolling down her cheeks. When the Sunday-school hour was finished. of course. as they could easily see now!)--and each speaker pointed out the exact spot where the lost lads stood at the time. They had no heart in their sports. and said to herself: "It was right here. and feeling very melancholy. you know--and I never thought what it meant. and then added something like "and I was a-standing just so--just as I am now. who had no other grandeur to offer. just this way--and then something seemed to go all over me. if it was to do over again. and gradually gave them up. CHAPTER XVII BUT there was no hilarity in the little town that same tranquil Saturday afternoon. and she wandered away.

that lay upon nature. The villagers began to gather, loitering a moment in the vestibule to converse in whispers about the sad event. But there was no whispering in the house; only the funereal rustling of dresses as the women gathered to their seats disturbed the silence there. None could remember when the little church had been so full before. There was finally a waiting pause, an expectant dumbness, and then Aunt Polly entered, followed by Sid and Mary, and they by the Harper family, all in deep black, and the whole congregation, the old minister as well, rose reverently and stood until the mourners were seated in the front pew. There was another communing silence, broken at intervals by muffled sobs, and then the minister spread his hands abroad and prayed. A moving hymn was sung, and the text followed: "I am the Resurrection and the Life." As the service proceeded, the clergyman drew such pictures of the graces, the winning ways, and the rare promise of the lost lads that every soul there, thinking he recognized these pictures, felt a pang in remembering that he had persistently blinded himself to them always before, and had as persistently seen only faults and flaws in the poor boys. The minister related many a touching incident in the lives of the departed, too, which illustrated their sweet, generous natures, and the people could easily see, now, how noble and beautiful those episodes were, and remembered with grief that at the time they occurred they had seemed rank rascalities, well deserving of the cowhide. The congregation became more and more moved, as the pathetic tale went on, till at last the whole company broke down and joined the weeping mourners in a chorus of anguished sobs, the preacher himself giving way to his feelings, and crying in the pulpit. There was a rustle in the gallery, which nobody noticed; a moment later the church door creaked; the minister raised his streaming eyes above his handkerchief, and stood transfixed! First one and then another pair of eyes followed the minister's, and then almost with one impulse the congregation rose and stared while the three dead boys came marching up the aisle, Tom in the lead, Joe next, and Huck, a ruin of drooping rags, sneaking sheepishly in the rear! They had been hid in the unused gallery listening to their own funeral sermon! Aunt Polly, Mary, and the Harpers threw themselves upon their restored ones, smothered them with kisses and poured out thanksgivings, while poor Huck stood abashed and uncomfortable, not knowing exactly what to do or where to hide from so many unwelcoming eyes. He wavered, and started to slink away, but Tom seized him and said: "Aunt Polly, it ain't fair. Somebody's got to be glad to see Huck." "And so they shall. I'm glad to see him, poor motherless thing!" And the loving attentions Aunt Polly lavished upon him were the one thing capable of making him more uncomfortable than he was before. Suddenly the minister shouted at the top of his voice: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow--SING!--and put your hearts in it!" And they did. Old Hundred swelled up with a triumphant burst, and while it shook the rafters Tom Sawyer the Pirate looked around upon the envying juveniles about him and confessed in his heart that this was the proudest moment of his life. As the "sold" congregation trooped out they said they would almost be

willing to be made ridiculous again to hear Old Hundred sung like that once more. Tom got more cuffs and kisses that day--according to Aunt Polly's varying moods--than he had earned before in a year; and he hardly knew which expressed the most gratefulness to God and affection for himself.

CHAPTER XVIII THAT was Tom's great secret--the scheme to return home with his brother pirates and attend their own funerals. They had paddled over to the Missouri shore on a log, at dusk on Saturday, landing five or six miles below the village; they had slept in the woods at the edge of the town till nearly daylight, and had then crept through back lanes and alleys and finished their sleep in the gallery of the church among a chaos of invalided benches. At breakfast, Monday morning, Aunt Polly and Mary were very loving to Tom, and very attentive to his wants. There was an unusual amount of talk. In the course of it Aunt Polly said: "Well, I don't say it wasn't a fine joke, Tom, to keep everybody suffering 'most a week so you boys had a good time, but it is a pity you could be so hard-hearted as to let me suffer so. If you could come over on a log to go to your funeral, you could have come over and give me a hint some way that you warn't dead, but only run off." "Yes, you could have done that, Tom," said Mary; "and I believe you would if you had thought of it." "Would you, Tom?" said Aunt Polly, her face lighting wistfully. "Say, now, would you, if you'd thought of it?" "I--well, I don't know. 'Twould 'a' spoiled everything." "Tom, I hoped you loved me that much," said Aunt Polly, with a grieved tone that discomforted the boy. "It would have been something if you'd cared enough to THINK of it, even if you didn't DO it." "Now, auntie, that ain't any harm," pleaded Mary; "it's only Tom's giddy way--he is always in such a rush that he never thinks of anything." "More's the pity. Sid would have thought. And Sid would have come and DONE it, too. Tom, you'll look back, some day, when it's too late, and wish you'd cared a little more for me when it would have cost you so little." "Now, auntie, you know I do care for you," said Tom. "I'd know it better if you acted more like it." "I wish now I'd thought," said Tom, with a repentant tone; "but I dreamt about you, anyway. That's something, ain't it?" "It ain't much--a cat does that much--but it's better than nothing. What did you dream?"

"Why, Wednesday night I dreamt that you was sitting over there by the bed, and Sid was sitting by the woodbox, and Mary next to him." "Well, so we did. So we always do. I'm glad your dreams could take even that much trouble about us." "And I dreamt that Joe Harper's mother was here." "Why, she was here! Did you dream any more?" "Oh, lots. But it's so dim, now." "Well, try to recollect--can't you?" "Somehow it seems to me that the wind--the wind blowed the--the--" "Try harder, Tom! The wind did blow something. Come!" Tom pressed his fingers on his forehead an anxious minute, and then said: "I've got it now! I've got it now! It blowed the candle!" "Mercy on us! Go on, Tom--go on!" "And it seems to me that you said, 'Why, I believe that that door--'" "Go ON, Tom!" "Just let me study a moment--just a moment. Oh, yes--you said you believed the door was open." "As I'm sitting here, I did! Didn't I, Mary! Go on!" "And then--and then--well I won't be certain, but it seems like as if you made Sid go and--and--" "Well? Well? What did I make him do, Tom? What did I make him do?" "You made him--you--Oh, you made him shut it." "Well, for the land's sake! I never heard the beat of that in all my days! Don't tell ME there ain't anything in dreams, any more. Sereny Harper shall know of this before I'm an hour older. I'd like to see her get around THIS with her rubbage 'bout superstition. Go on, Tom!" "Oh, it's all getting just as bright as day, now. Next you said I warn't BAD, only mischeevous and harum-scarum, and not any more responsible than--than--I think it was a colt, or something." "And so it was! Well, goodness gracious! Go on, Tom!" "And then you began to cry." "So I did. So I did. Not the first time, neither. And then--" "Then Mrs. Harper she began to cry, and said Joe was just the same, and she wished she hadn't whipped him for taking cream when she'd

if you was ever found again--now go 'long to school. Sid." said Sid. Tom?" "He said--I THINK he said he hoped I was better off where I was gone to. Tom. Tom. And you went to bed. Tom!" "Then Sid he said--he said--" "I don't think I said anything. but if only the worthy ones got His blessings and had His hand to help them over the rough places. and she went. there's few enough would smile here or ever enter into His rest when the long night comes. but if I'd been better sometimes--" "THERE. somewheres!" "And Mrs. go on. laying there asleep. Tom--take yourselves off--you've . Harper told about Joe scaring her with a firecracker. Here's a big Milum apple I've been saving for you." said Mary. "Shut your heads and let Tom go on! What did he say. "It was very kind. DID you! I just forgive you everything for that!" And she seized the boy in a crushing embrace that made him feel like the guiltiest of villains. I'm thankful to the good God and Father of us all I've got you back. "Yes you did. and you told about Peter and the Painkiller--" "Just as true as I live!" "And then there was a whole lot of talk 'bout dragging the river for us. and 'bout having the funeral Sunday. you couldn't told it more like if you'd 'a' seen it! And then what? Go on. and then you and old Miss Harper hugged and cried. Go 'long Sid. as sure as I'm a-sitting in these very tracks. Tom!" "Then I thought you prayed for me--and I could see you and hear every word you said. Sid! A body does just the same in a dream as he'd do if he was awake. that I thought I went and leaned over and kissed you on the lips. and then you looked so good. even though it was only a--dream. d'you hear that! It was his very words!" "And you shut him up sharp." "I lay I did! There must 'a' been an angel there. though goodness knows I'm unworthy of it.' and put it on the table by the candle. Tom. "Shut up. Mary." "Did you. 'We ain't dead--we are only off being pirates. There WAS an angel there. and I was so sorry that I took and wrote on a piece of sycamore bark. that's long-suffering and merciful to them that believe on Him and keep His word." "It happened just so! It happened just so." Sid soliloquized just audibly.throwed it out her own self--" "Tom! The sperrit was upon you! You was a prophesying--that's what you was doing! Land alive.

too. instead of winning him. maybe she would be wanting to "make up. when they got out their pipes and went serenely puffing around. and delivered such eloquent admiration from their eyes. as if he had been the drummer at the head of a procession or the elephant leading a menagerie into town. Glory was sufficient. it was not a thing likely to have an end. and so. but they were food and drink to him. Then she observed that now Tom was talking more particularly to Amy Lawrence than to any one else. Mary Austin! you bad girl. it only "set him up" the more and made him the more diligent to avoid betraying that he knew she was about. Tom decided that he could be independent of Becky Thatcher now. I saw YOU. sighing once or twice and glancing furtively and wistfully toward Tom. He would live for glory. and the old lady to call on Mrs. nevertheless. I wanted to tell you about . Boys of his own size pretended not to know he had been away at all. and tolerated by him. She tried to go away. and screaming with laughter when she made a capture. Tom pretended not to see her." They began to tell their adventures to hungry listeners--but they only began. but they were consuming with envy. and that she seemed to cast a conscious eye in his direction at such times. and carried her to the group instead. And indeed it was. but her feet were treacherous. why didn't you come to Sunday-school?" "I did come--didn't you see me?" "Why. She felt a sharp pang and grew disturbed and uneasy at once. without any mistakes in it!" What a hero Tom was become. She said to a girl almost at Tom's elbow--with sham vivacity: "Why. let her--she should see that he could be as indifferent as some other people. that the two heroes were not long in becoming insufferably "stuck-up. He moved away and joined a group of boys and girls and began to talk. no! Did you? Where did you sit?" "I was in Miss Peters' class. the very summit of glory was reached." "Did you? Why. Soon he observed that she was tripping gayly back and forth with flushed face and dancing eyes." Well. Sid had better judgment than to utter the thought that was in his mind as he left the house. They would have given anything to have that swarthy suntanned skin of his. And finally. Presently she arrived. and Tom would not have parted with either for a circus. Presently she gave over skylarking. Harper and vanquish her realism with Tom's marvellous dream.hendered me long enough. with imaginations like theirs to furnish material. where I always go. as proud to be seen with him. Now that he was distinguished. and his glittering notoriety. but moved with a dignified swagger as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him. and moved irresolutely about. he tried not to seem to see the looks or hear the remarks as he passed along. it's funny I didn't see you. now! He did not go skipping and prancing." The children left for school. It was this: "Pretty thin--as long a dream as that. but he noticed that she always made her captures in his vicinity. Smaller boys than himself flocked at his heels. It gratified all the vicious vanity that was in him. At school the children made so much of him and of Joe. pretending to be busy chasing schoolmates.

now. He called himself a fool. till the bell rang. she will. too?" said Susy Harper. but he talked right along to Amy Lawrence about the terrible storm on the island. She roused up. for her heart was singing." "And me?" said Sally Rogers." "That's ever so nice. "And Joe?" "Yes. that's jolly. Maybe about vacation. goody. I hope she'll let ME come." "Oh." "Oh. And he kept drifting about to find Becky and lacerate her with the performance. and all the hard names he could think of. and whenever she paused expectantly he . now. and gave her plaited tails a shake and said she knew what SHE'D do. "Yes." "Well. and she glanced ever so furtively at Tom. that they did not seem to be conscious of anything in the world besides. but Tom's tongue had lost its function. with a vindictive cast in her eye. won't it be fun! You going to have all the girls and boys?" "Yes. The picnic's for me. she got away as soon as she could and hid herself and had what her sex call "a good cry. with wounded pride. Becky's lips trembled and the tears came to her eyes. He began to hate himself for throwing away the chance Becky had offered for a reconciliation. with clapping of joyful hands till all the group had begged for invitations but Tom and Amy. every one that's friends to me--or wants to be". and took Amy with him. At last he spied her. Jealousy ran red-hot through Tom's veins. She was sitting cosily on a little bench behind the schoolhouse looking at a picture-book with Alfred Temple--and so absorbed were they. He did not hear what Amy was saying. Then Tom turned coolly away. At recess Tom continued his flirtation with Amy with jubilant self-satisfaction. Who's going to give it?" "My ma's going to let me have one. and out of everything else. Amy chatted happily along. and their heads so close together over the book. may I come?" said Grace Miller." Then she sat moody. and I want you.the picnic. She'll let anybody come that I want. but there was a sudden falling of his mercury. and how the lightning tore the great sycamore tree "all to flinders" while he was "standing within three feet of it." "Oh." And so on." "Oh. she hid these signs with a forced gayety and went on chattering. but the life had gone out of the picnic. When is it going to be?" "By and by. as they walked. still talking. "Yes. He wanted to cry with vexation." "And me.

wondering what he could have done--for she had said she would look at pictures all through the nooning--and she walked on. He kept drifting to the rear of the schoolhouse. At last she grew entirely miserable and wished she hadn't carried it so far. and got up and walked away. "Oh. and said. two or three times she pricked up her ear at a footstep. then. She started homeward. without discovering herself. Then Alfred went musing into the deserted schoolhouse. Tom would be thankful and their troubles would be healed. kept exclaiming: "Oh. things that must be done. He was humiliated and angry. you do. which was as often misplaced as otherwise. Tom thought. I licked you the first day you ever saw this town. he did not know how. Before she was half way home. intending to find Tom and tell him. and she knew she was winning her fight. and was glad to see him suffer as she had suffered. "Oh. do you? You holler 'nough. but she said: "Go away and leave me alone. seeing that he was losing her. Tom hinted at things he had to attend to. He gratefully opened to the lesson for the afternoon and poured ink upon the page. He wished there was some way to get that boy into trouble without much risk to himself. He easily guessed his way to the truth--the girl had simply made a convenience of him to vent her spite upon Tom Sawyer. saw the act. But in vain--the girl chirped on. mister. He could not help it. "Oh. as he thought he saw. no Tom came. but it was a false hope. He was far from hating Tom the less when this thought occurred to him. and kicking and gouging. again and again. don't bother me! I don't care for them!" and burst into tears. Becky. crying. "Any boy in the whole town but that Saint Louis smarty that thinks he dresses so fine and is aristocracy! Oh. do you? Now. His conscience could not endure any more of Amy's grateful happiness. can't you! I hate you!" So the boy halted. however. and time was fleeting. And it maddened him to see. and then melancholy. too. nevertheless. but as the minutes dragged along and no Tom came to suffer. hang her. now. And he hastened away. that Becky Thatcher never once suspected that he was even in the land of the living. to sear his eyeballs with the hateful spectacle there. grating his teeth. and moved on. "Any other boy!" Tom thought. Amy's happy prattle became intolerable. her triumph began to cloud and she lost interest. and his jealousy could bear no more of the other distress. Becky resumed her picture inspections with Alfred. Alfred dropped alongside and was going to try to comfort her. Here was his opportunity. gravity and absent-mindedness followed. Tom fled home at noon. When poor Alfred. But she did see. all right. here's a jolly one! look at this!" she lost patience at last. and I'll lick you again! You just wait till I catch you out! I'll just take and--" And he went through the motions of thrashing an imaginary boy --pummelling the air. ain't I ever going to get rid of her?" At last he must be attending to those things--and she said artlessly that she would be "around" when school let out.could only stammer an awkward assent. glancing in at a window behind him at the moment. hating her for it. Tom's spelling-book fell under his eye. she . let that learn you!" And so the imaginary flogging was finished to his satisfaction.

auntie--I wish I may never stir if I didn't. I wanted to keep you from grieving--that was all that made me come." "What did you come for. It only makes things a hundred times worse." . don't lie--don't do it. Tom. and you could think to fool me with a lie about a dream. into the bargain. then?" "It was to tell you not to be uneasy about us. when lo and behold you she'd found out from Joe that you was over here and heard all the talk we had that night. and the first thing his aunt said to him showed him that he had brought his sorrows to an unpromising market: "Tom." "Oh. I know now it was mean." "Auntie. it's the truth. child. but I didn't mean to be mean. You never think of anything but your own selfishness. She resolved to let him get whipped on the damaged spelling-book's account. I've a notion to skin you alive!" "Auntie. because we hadn't got drownded. You could think to come all the way over here from Jackson's Island in the night to laugh at our troubles. It merely looked mean and shabby now. I wish I hadn't done it--but I didn't think." This was a new aspect of the thing. Tom. honest. Tom. And besides. Then he said: "Auntie. I didn't come over here to laugh at you that night. Here I go over to Sereny Harper. expecting I'm going to make her believe all that rubbage about that dream. but you know you never did--and I know it.had changed her mind. Tom. but you couldn't ever think to pity us and save us from sorrow. what have I done?" "Well. I didn't. and to hate him forever. CHAPTER XIX TOM arrived at home in a dreary mood. The thought of Tom's treatment of her when she was talking about her picnic came scorching back and filled her with shame. His smartness of the morning had seemed to Tom a good joke before. auntie. It makes me feel so bad to think you could let me go to Sereny Harper and make such a fool of myself and never say a word. you've done enough. I don't know what is to become of a boy that will act like that." "Indeed and 'deed I did." "Tom. like an old softy." "Oh. and very ingenious." "It ain't a lie. I would be the thankfullest soul in this world if I could believe you ever had as good a thought as that. you never think. He hung his head and could not think of anything to say for a moment.

child?" "Why." "Are you sure you did. that swept away his low spirits and made him lighthearted and happy . Tom?" "Because I loved you so. and you laid there moaning and I was so sorry. Tom?" "Why. honest. and stood by musing a minute."I'd give the whole world to believe that--it would cover up a power of sins." The moment he was gone. and I couldn't somehow bear to spoil it. and twice she refrained. Once more she ventured." She put the jacket away. you'd waked up when I kissed you--I do. I wish. she ran to a closet and got out the ruin of a jacket which Tom had gone pirating in. I reckon he's lied about it--but it's a blessed. Tom. But I don't want to find out it's a lie. now. The old lady could not hide a tremor in her voice when she said: "Kiss me again. when you got to talking about the funeral. I did. when she kissed Tom. yes. I hope the Lord--I KNOW the Lord will forgive him. So I just put the bark back in my pocket and kept mum." The words sounded like truth. But it ain't reasonable. Tom!--and be off with you to school. auntie--certain sure." "What did you kiss me for. now. Tom?" "Why. I just got all full of the idea of our coming and hiding in the church. if he'd committed a million sins!" CHAPTER XX THERE was something about Aunt Polly's manner. Then she stopped. I don't dare. you see. I'd 'most be glad you'd run off and acted so bad. blessed lie. with it in her hand." "What bark?" "The bark I had wrote on to tell you we'd gone pirating. why didn't you tell me. Twice she put out her hand to take the garment again. I won't look. yes. "DID you kiss me. there's such a comfort come from it. and don't bother me any more. I did. A moment later she was reading Tom's piece of bark through flowing tears and saying: "I could forgive the boy. Poor boy." So she sought the jacket pocket. because. because it was such goodheartedness in him to tell it. now." The hard lines in his aunt's face relaxed and a sudden tenderness dawned in her eyes. and said to herself: "No. and this time she fortified herself with the thought: "It's a good lie--it's a good lie--I won't let it grieve me.

again. as Becky was passing by the desk. but no two theories were alike. He moped into the schoolyard wishing she were a boy. so she began to turn the leaves. Mr. The darling of his desires was. and I'm so sorry. she noticed that the key was in the lock! It was a precious moment. ever do that way again. and oh." She tossed her head and passed on. which stood near the door. At that moment a shadow fell on the page and Tom Sawyer stepped in at the door and caught a glimpse of the picture. and imagining how he would trounce her if she were. He kept that book under lock and key. you know you're going to tell on me. If she had had any lingering notion of exposing Alfred Temple." she was so impatient to see Tom flogged for the injured spelling-book. I'll never speak to you again. The master. There was not an urchin in school but was perishing to have a glimpse of it. Becky. won't you?" The girl stopped and looked him scornfully in the face: "I'll thank you to keep yourself TO yourself. and burst out crying with shame and vexation. Tom's offensive fling had driven it entirely away. and had the hard luck to tear the pictured page half down the middle. to sneak up on a person and look at what they're looking at. Dobbins. what shall I do. "Tom Sawyer. but the chance never came. Mr. Every day he took a mysterious book out of his desk and absorbed himself in it at times when no classes were reciting. and there was no way of getting at the facts in the case. I won't ever. and the angry breach was complete. Thomas Sawyer. you are just as mean as you can be." "How could I know you was looking at anything?" "You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Becky snatched at the book to close it. she did not know how fast she was nearing trouble herself. She glanced around. She hurled one in return. He presently encountered her and delivered a stinging remark as he passed. Now. Poor girl. turned the key. and I never was whipped in school. as long as ever I live--please make up. what shall I do! I'll be whipped. nevertheless. that she could hardly wait for school to "take in. to be a doctor. She came at once upon a handsomely engraved and colored frontispiece--a human figure. The title-page--Professor Somebody's ANATOMY--carried no information to her mind. Every boy and girl had a theory about the nature of that book. had reached middle age with an unsatisfied ambition. stark naked. But he was in a fine rage. He started to school and had the luck of coming upon Becky Thatcher at the head of Meadow Lane. but poverty had decreed that he should be nothing higher than a village schoolmaster." Then she stamped her little foot and said: . found herself alone. His mood always determined his manner. So he said nothing. Without a moment's hesitation he ran to her and said: "I acted mighty mean to-day. Miss Smarty?" until the right time to say it had gone by. Tom was so stunned that he had not even presence of mind enough to say "Who cares. Tom Sawyer. in her hot resentment. She thrust the volume into the desk. and the next instant she had the book in her hands. It seemed to Becky.

then unlocked his desk. Tom stood still. Nobody'll answer. Girls' faces always tell on them. Mr. and yet it was all he could do to help it. He could get up no exultation that was really worthy the name." Tom did not feel a strong interest in his studies. then took it out and settled himself in his chair to read! Tom shot a glance at Becky. but seemed undecided whether to take it out or leave it. for he thought it was possible that he had unknowingly upset the ink on the spelling-book himself. Presently he said to himself: "What a curious kind of a fool a girl is! Never been licked in school! Shucks! What's a licking! That's just like a girl--they're so thin-skinned and chicken-hearted. Becky supposed she would be glad of that. Every time he stole a glance at the girls' side of the room Becky's face troubled him. Well. Becky roused up from her lethargy of distress and showed good interest in the proceedings. Instantly he forgot his quarrel with her. You just wait and you'll see! Hateful."BE so mean if you want to! I know something that's going to happen. in some skylarking bout--he had denied it for form's sake and because it was custom. spring through the door and fly. and then added: "All right. with a gun levelled at its head. Presently the spelling-book discovery was made. without any telling. she'd like to see me in just such a fix--let her sweat it out!" Tom joined the mob of skylarking scholars outside. hateful!"--and she flung out of the house with a new explosion of crying. but what of it? Old Dobbins will ask who it was tore his book. and reached for his book. but she made an effort and forced herself to keep still--because. she had an impulse to get up and tell on Alfred Temple. he did not want to pity her. Quick--something must be done! done in a flash. "he'll tell about me tearing the picture sure. and she was right. of course I ain't going to tell old Dobbins on this little fool. yawned. They ain't got any backbone. He had seen a hunted and helpless rabbit look as she did. Dobbins straightened himself up. hateful. that ain't so mean. though. I wouldn't say a word. the master sat nodding in his throne. too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention. In a few moments the master arrived and school "took in. She did not expect that Tom could get out of his trouble by denying that he spilt the ink on the book himself. She'll get licked. Most of the pupils glanced up languidly. it's a kind of a tight place for Becky Thatcher. but there were two among them that watched his movements with intent eyes. Good!--he had an inspiration! He would run and snatch the book. the air was drowsy with the hum of study. not to save his life!" Tom took his whipping and went back to his seat not at all broken-hearted. and when he comes to the right girl he'll know it." Tom conned the thing a moment longer. The denial only seemed to make the thing worse for Tom. and Tom's mind was entirely full of his own matters for a while after that. but she found she was not certain. Then he'll do just the way he always does--ask first one and then t'other. By and by. rather flustered by this onslaught. But his resolution shook for one little . because there's other ways of getting even on her. Considering all things. because there ain't any way out of it. said she to herself. When the worst came to the worst. and she tried to believe she was glad of it. Well. Dobbins fingered his book absently for a while. Mr. A whole hour drifted by. and had stuck to the denial from principle.

Dobbins had ever administered. look me in the face" [her hands rose in appeal] --"did you tear this book?" A thought shot like lightning through Tom's brain. to pleasanter musings. If Tom only had the wasted opportunity back again! Too late. The master scanned the ranks of boys--considered a while. either. did you do this?" Another negative. Every eye sank under his gaze. soon. Tom was trembling from head to foot with excitement and a sense of the hopelessness of the situation. Tom stood a moment. Inspired by the splendor of his own act. The next girl was Becky Thatcher. not forgetting her own treachery. "Joseph Harper. then turned to the girls: "Amy Lawrence?" A shake of the head. and the chance was lost--the master opened the volume. There was that in it which smote even the innocent with fear. He sprang to his feet and shouted--"I done it!" The school stared in perplexity at this incredible folly. he took without an outcry the most merciless flaying that even Mr. "Rebecca Thatcher" [Tom glanced at her face--it was white with terror] --"did you tear--no. did you tear this book?" A denial. but even the longing for vengeance had to give way. he said. and he fell asleep at last with Becky's latest words lingering dreamily in his ear-"Tom. "Susan Harper. "Gracie Miller?" The same sign. to gather his dismembered faculties. Another pause. There was silence while one might count ten --the master was gathering his wrath. how COULD you be so noble!" . and not count the tedious time as loss. and also received with indifference the added cruelty of a command to remain two hours after school should be dismissed--for he knew who would wait for him outside till his captivity was done. for with shame and repentance Becky had told him all. and when he stepped forward to go to his punishment the surprise. did you?" Another denial. Then he spoke: "Who tore this book?" There was not a sound.instant. the adoration that shone upon him out of poor Becky's eyes seemed pay enough for a hundred floggings. The next moment the master faced the school. There was no help for Becky now. One could have heard a pin drop. Tom went to bed that night planning vengeance against Alfred Temple. the gratitude. "Benjamin Rogers. the master searched face after face for signs of guilt. Tom's uneasiness grew more and more intense under the slow torture of these proceedings. The stillness continued.

and . All the rest of the house was filled with non-participating scholars. "Mary had a little lamb. and the sign-painter's boy said that when the dominie had reached the proper condition on Examination Evening he would "manage the thing" while he napped in his chair.CHAPTER XXI VACATION was approaching. They swore in the sign-painter's boy. though cruelly scared. The schoolmaster. "You'd scarce expect one of my age to speak in public on the stage. escaped lashing. a perfectly bald and shiny head. The consequence was. and asked his help. and young ladies of eighteen and twenty. that the smaller boys spent their days in terror and suffering and their nights in plotting revenge. Three rows of benches on each side and six rows in front of him were occupied by the dignitaries of the town and by the parents of the pupils. always severe. rows of gawky big boys. their grandmothers' ancient trinkets. His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now--at least among the smaller pupils. rows of small boys. told him the scheme. snowbanks of girls and young ladies clad in lawn and muslin and conspicuously conscious of their bare arms. The exercises began. then he would have him awakened at the right time and hurried away to school. At last they conspired together and hit upon a plan that promised a dazzling victory. A little shamefaced girl lisped. for although he carried. back of the rows of citizens. He was looking tolerably mellow. Dobbins' lashings were very vigorous ones. In the fulness of time the interesting occasion arrived. But he kept ahead all the time. He had his own reasons for being delighted. the master always prepared himself for great occasions by getting pretty well fuddled." etc. As the great day approached. But he got through safely. and got a fine round of applause when he made his manufactured bow and retired. They threw away no opportunity to do the master a mischief. he had only reached middle age. The master sat throned in his great chair upon a raised platform. got her meed of applause. Only the biggest boys. At eight in the evening the schoolhouse was brilliantly lighted. performed a compassion-inspiring curtsy. The master's wife would go on a visit to the country in a few days. under his wig. grew severer and more exacting than ever. and adorned with wreaths and festoons of foliage and flowers. for the master boarded in his father's family and had given the boy ample cause to hate him.. The retribution that followed every vengeful success was so sweeping and majestic that the boys always retired from the field badly worsted.--accompanying himself with the painfully exact and spasmodic gestures which a machine might have used--supposing the machine to be a trifle out of order. To his left. was a spacious temporary platform upon which were seated the scholars who were to take part in the exercises of the evening. and there was no sign of feebleness in his muscle. and there would be nothing to interfere with the plan. A very little boy stood up and sheepishly recited. for he wanted the school to make a good showing on "Examination" day. all the tyranny that was in him came to the surface. with his blackboard behind him. their bits of pink and blue ribbon and the flowers in their hair. Mr. washed and dressed to an intolerable state of discomfort. too. he seemed to take a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least shortcomings." etc.

" and other declamatory gems. and a peculiarity that conspicuously marked and marred them was the inveterate and intolerable sermon that wagged its crippled tail at the end of each and every one of them. and this completed the disaster. "Melancholy". he had the manifest sympathy of the house but he had the house's silence. A prevalent feature in these compositions was a nursed and petted melancholy." etc. their grandmothers. and doubtless all their ancestors in the female line clear back to the Crusades. with labored attention to "expression" and punctuation. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck" followed. utterly defeated. with what delightful emotions does the youthful mind look forward to some anticipated scene of festivity! Imagination is busy sketching rose-tinted pictures of joy. her step is lightest in the gay assembly. There was a weak attempt at applause. "Dream Land". "Memories of Other Days".sat down flushed and happy. "Forms of Political Government Compared and Contrasted". is whirling through the mazes of the joyous dance. cleared her throat. A ghastly stage-fright seized him. Then there were reading exercises. "Heart Longings. The prime feature of the evening was in order. his legs quaked under him and he was like to choke. There is no school in all our land where the young ladies do not feel obliged to close their compositions with a sermon. arrayed in snowy robes. True.." The first composition that was read was one entitled "Is this. her eye is brightest. and you will find that the sermon of the most frivolous and the least religious girl in the school is always the longest and the most relentlessly pious. "Filial Love". Each in her turn stepped forward to the edge of the platform. and broke down in the middle of it. Tom struggled awhile and then retired. and proceeded to read. but it died early. etc. Tom Sawyer stepped forward with conceited confidence and soared into the unquenchable and indestructible "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. also "The Assyrian Came Down. and it is not sufficient to-day. the voluptuous votary of fashion sees herself amid the festive throng. too. perhaps. and a spelling fight. held up her manuscript (tied with dainty ribbon).' Her graceful form. it never will be sufficient while the world stands. another was a tendency to lug in by the ears particularly prized words and phrases until they were worn entirely out. The glaring insincerity of these sermons was not sufficient to compass the banishment of the fashion from the schools. The meagre Latin class recited with honor. "The Advantages of Culture". But enough of this. which was even worse than its sympathy. "Religion in History". Life?" Perhaps the reader can endure an extract from it: "In the common walks of life. another was a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language". "Friendship" was one. 'the observed of all observers. then. . Let us return to the "Examination. now--original "compositions" by the young ladies. Homely truth is unpalatable. a brain-racking effort was made to squirm it into some aspect or other that the moral and religious mind could contemplate with edification. The themes were the same that had been illuminated upon similar occasions by their mothers before them. with fine fury and frantic gesticulation. No matter what the subject might be. The master frowned. In fancy.

"In such delicious fancies time quickly glides by, and the welcome hour arrives for her entrance into the Elysian world, of which she has had such bright dreams. How fairy-like does everything appear to her enchanted vision! Each new scene is more charming than the last. But after a while she finds that beneath this goodly exterior, all is vanity, the flattery which once charmed her soul, now grates harshly upon her ear; the ball-room has lost its charms; and with wasted health and imbittered heart, she turns away with the conviction that earthly pleasures cannot satisfy the longings of the soul!" And so forth and so on. There was a buzz of gratification from time to time during the reading, accompanied by whispered ejaculations of "How sweet!" "How eloquent!" "So true!" etc., and after the thing had closed with a peculiarly afflicting sermon the applause was enthusiastic. Then arose a slim, melancholy girl, whose face had the "interesting" paleness that comes of pills and indigestion, and read a "poem." Two stanzas of it will do: "A MISSOURI MAIDEN'S FAREWELL TO ALABAMA "Alabama, good-bye! I love thee well! But yet for a while do I leave thee now! Sad, yes, sad thoughts of thee my heart doth swell, And burning recollections throng my brow! For I have wandered through thy flowery woods; Have roamed and read near Tallapoosa's stream; Have listened to Tallassee's warring floods, And wooed on Coosa's side Aurora's beam. "Yet shame I not to bear an o'er-full heart, Nor blush to turn behind my tearful eyes; 'Tis from no stranger land I now must part, 'Tis to no strangers left I yield these sighs. Welcome and home were mine within this State, Whose vales I leave--whose spires fade fast from me And cold must be mine eyes, and heart, and tete, When, dear Alabama! they turn cold on thee!" There were very few there who knew what "tete" meant, but the poem was very satisfactory, nevertheless. Next appeared a dark-complexioned, black-eyed, black-haired young lady, who paused an impressive moment, assumed a tragic expression, and began to read in a measured, solemn tone: "A VISION "Dark and tempestuous was night. Around the throne on high not a single star quivered; but the deep intonations of the heavy thunder constantly vibrated upon the ear; whilst the terrific lightning revelled in angry mood through the cloudy chambers of heaven, seeming to scorn the power exerted over its terror by the illustrious Franklin! Even the boisterous

winds unanimously came forth from their mystic homes, and blustered about as if to enhance by their aid the wildness of the scene. "At such a time, so dark, so dreary, for human sympathy my very spirit sighed; but instead thereof, "'My dearest friend, my counsellor, my comforter and guide--My joy in grief, my second bliss in joy,' came to my side. She moved like one of those bright beings pictured in the sunny walks of fancy's Eden by the romantic and young, a queen of beauty unadorned save by her own transcendent loveliness. So soft was her step, it failed to make even a sound, and but for the magical thrill imparted by her genial touch, as other unobtrusive beauties, she would have glided away un-perceived--unsought. A strange sadness rested upon her features, like icy tears upon the robe of December, as she pointed to the contending elements without, and bade me contemplate the two beings presented." This nightmare occupied some ten pages of manuscript and wound up with a sermon so destructive of all hope to non-Presbyterians that it took the first prize. This composition was considered to be the very finest effort of the evening. The mayor of the village, in delivering the prize to the author of it, made a warm speech in which he said that it was by far the most "eloquent" thing he had ever listened to, and that Daniel Webster himself might well be proud of it. It may be remarked, in passing, that the number of compositions in which the word "beauteous" was over-fondled, and human experience referred to as "life's page," was up to the usual average. Now the master, mellow almost to the verge of geniality, put his chair aside, turned his back to the audience, and began to draw a map of America on the blackboard, to exercise the geography class upon. But he made a sad business of it with his unsteady hand, and a smothered titter rippled over the house. He knew what the matter was, and set himself to right it. He sponged out lines and remade them; but he only distorted them more than ever, and the tittering was more pronounced. He threw his entire attention upon his work, now, as if determined not to be put down by the mirth. He felt that all eyes were fastened upon him; he imagined he was succeeding, and yet the tittering continued; it even manifestly increased. And well it might. There was a garret above, pierced with a scuttle over his head; and down through this scuttle came a cat, suspended around the haunches by a string; she had a rag tied about her head and jaws to keep her from mewing; as she slowly descended she curved upward and clawed at the string, she swung downward and clawed at the intangible air. The tittering rose higher and higher--the cat was within six inches of the absorbed teacher's head--down, down, a little lower, and she grabbed his wig with her desperate claws, clung to it, and was snatched up into the garret in an instant with her trophy still in her possession! And how the light did blaze abroad from the master's bald pate--for the sign-painter's boy had GILDED it! That broke up the meeting. The boys were avenged. Vacation had come.

NOTE:--The pretended "compositions" quoted in this chapter are taken without alteration from a volume entitled "Prose and Poetry, by a Western Lady"--but they are exactly and precisely after the schoolgirl pattern, and hence are much happier than any mere imitations could be.

CHAPTER XXII TOM joined the new order of Cadets of Temperance, being attracted by the showy character of their "regalia." He promised to abstain from smoking, chewing, and profanity as long as he remained a member. Now he found out a new thing--namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. Tom soon found himself tormented with a desire to drink and swear; the desire grew to be so intense that nothing but the hope of a chance to display himself in his red sash kept him from withdrawing from the order. Fourth of July was coming; but he soon gave that up --gave it up before he had worn his shackles over forty-eight hours--and fixed his hopes upon old Judge Frazer, justice of the peace, who was apparently on his deathbed and would have a big public funeral, since he was so high an official. During three days Tom was deeply concerned about the Judge's condition and hungry for news of it. Sometimes his hopes ran high--so high that he would venture to get out his regalia and practise before the looking-glass. But the Judge had a most discouraging way of fluctuating. At last he was pronounced upon the mend--and then convalescent. Tom was disgusted; and felt a sense of injury, too. He handed in his resignation at once--and that night the Judge suffered a relapse and died. Tom resolved that he would never trust a man like that again. The funeral was a fine thing. The Cadets paraded in a style calculated to kill the late member with envy. Tom was a free boy again, however --there was something in that. He could drink and swear, now--but found to his surprise that he did not want to. The simple fact that he could, took the desire away, and the charm of it. Tom presently wondered to find that his coveted vacation was beginning to hang a little heavily on his hands. He attempted a diary--but nothing happened during three days, and so he abandoned it. The first of all the negro minstrel shows came to town, and made a sensation. Tom and Joe Harper got up a band of performers and were happy for two days. Even the Glorious Fourth was in some sense a failure, for it rained hard, there was no procession in consequence, and the greatest man in the world (as Tom supposed), Mr. Benton, an actual United States Senator, proved an overwhelming disappointment--for he was not twenty-five feet high, nor even anywhere in the neighborhood of it. A circus came. The boys played circus for three days afterward in tents made of rag carpeting--admission, three pins for boys, two for girls--and then circusing was abandoned.

Then came the measles. CHAPTER XXIII . in desperation.A phrenologist and a mesmerizer came--and went again and left the village duller and drearier than ever. There were some boys-and-girls' parties." not only the adults. The next day the doctors were back. he was interested in nothing. he flew for refuge at last to the bosom of Huckleberry Finn and was received with a Scriptural quotation. There had been a "revival. Every boy he encountered added another ton to his depression. During two long weeks Tom lay a prisoner. awful claps of thunder and blinding sheets of lightning. When he got abroad at last he was hardly grateful that he had been spared. It was a very cancer for permanency and pain. and turned sadly away from the depressing spectacle. with driving rain. He sought Ben Rogers. And that night there came on a terrific storm. remembering how lonely was his estate. a bird. his heart broke and he crept home and to bed realizing that he alone of all the town was lost. a melancholy change had come over everything and every creature. forever and forever. He drifted listlessly down the street and found Jim Hollis acting as judge in a juvenile court that was trying a cat for murder. It might have seemed to him a waste of pomp and ammunition to kill a bug with a battery of artillery. The dreadful secret of the murder was a chronic misery. and found him visiting the poor with a basket of tracts. He found Joe Harper and Huck Finn up an alley eating a stolen melon. dead to the world and its happenings. but they were so few and so delightful that they only made the aching voids between ache the harder." and everybody had "got religion. He believed he had taxed the forbearance of the powers above to the extremity of endurance and that this was the result. The three weeks he spent on his back this time seemed an entire age. and when. Poor lads! they--like Tom--had suffered a relapse. The boy's first impulse was to be grateful. how companionless and forlorn he was. for he had not the shadow of a doubt that all this hubbub was about him. He hunted up Jim Hollis. He was very ill. Becky Thatcher was gone to her Constantinople home to stay with her parents during vacation--so there was no bright side to life anywhere. and reform. When he got upon his feet at last and moved feebly down-town. but there seemed nothing incongruous about the getting up such an expensive thunderstorm as this to knock the turf from under an insect like himself. in the presence of her victim. Tom went about. His second was to wait--for there might not be any more storms. but even the boys and girls. He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom. He found Joe Harper studying a Testament. Tom had relapsed. By and by the tempest spent itself and died without accomplishing its object. who called his attention to the precious blessing of his late measles as a warning. but disappointment crossed him everywhere. hoping against hope for the sight of one blessed sinful face.

Huck? I've heard a power of it. if I wanted that half-breed devil to drownd me they could get me to tell. we all do that--leastways most of us--preachers and such like." "Why. YOU know that. Moreover. could they?" "Get me to tell? Why. have you ever told anybody about--that?" "'Bout what?" "You know what. Don't you feel sorry for him. sometimes?" "Most always--most always. so help me. But let's swear again." "Never a word?" "Never a solitary word. What makes you ask?" "Well." "Talk? Well. then. anyway. I reckon we're safe as long as we keep mum. Every reference to the murder sent a shudder to his heart." "Well. he did not see how he could be suspected of knowing anything about the murder." "Oh--'course I haven't. we wouldn't be alive two days if that got found out." . constant. "What is the talk around. But he's kind of good--he give me half a fish. Tom Sawyer. He ain't no account. Muff Potter. he wanted to assure himself that Huck had remained discreet. Tom could not get away from it. to divide his burden of distress with another sufferer. that's all right. Muff Potter all the time. It's more surer. so's I want to hide som'ers. It keeps me in a sweat. but then he hain't ever done anything to hurt anybody.AT last the sleepy atmosphere was stirred--and vigorously: the murder trial came on in the court. After a pause: "Huck. They ain't no different way. when there warn't enough for two. It became the absorbing topic of village talk immediately. I was afeard. Just fishes a little." Tom felt more comfortable. but still he could not be comfortable in the midst of this gossip. once. and lots of times he's kind of stood by me when I was out of luck. for his troubled conscience and fears almost persuaded him that these remarks were put forth in his hearing as "feelers"." "I'm agreed. It kept him in a cold shiver all the time. He took Huck to a lonely place to have a talk with him." So they swore again with dread solemnities. to get money to get drunk on--and loafs around considerable. "Huck. It would be some relief to unseal his tongue for a little while. they couldn't anybody get you to tell. it's just Muff Potter." "That's just the same way they go on round me. but lord. I reckon he's a goner.

" "I do too. They studiously avoided each other. and knitted hooks on to my line. but mine's too big. Huck was having the same experience. this time. His gratitude for their gifts had always smote their consciences before--it cut deeper than ever.' Well. Little hands. Lord. The next day and the day after." "Yes--so they would. and show 'em where the good fishin' places was. But what I want to say. but invariably . he's mended kites for me." "And they'd do it. But nothing happened. But I hate to hear 'em abuse him so like the dickens when he never done--that. I done an awful thing--drunk and crazy at the time--that's the only way I account for it--and now I got to swing for it. and befriend 'em what I could. As the twilight drew on. boys--better'n anybody else in this town. Shake hands--yourn'll come through the bars. we won't talk about that. don't YOU ever get drunk--then you won't ever get here. 'and I don't forget them. perhaps with an undefined hope that something would happen that might clear away their difficulties." "My! we couldn't get him out. Tom kept his ears open when idlers sauntered out of the court-room. they found themselves hanging about the neighborhood of the little isolated jail. 'I used to mend all the boys' kites and things. I hear 'em say he's the bloodiest looking villain in this country. Tom. and it's right. Well. he hung about the court-room. too. I don't want to make YOU feel bad. but it brought them little comfort. all the time. Good friendly faces--good friendly faces. and Huck don't--THEY don't forget him. 'twouldn't do any good. and there don't none come here but yourn. and his dreams that night were full of horrors. I don't." "Yes. and now they've all forgot old Muff when he's in trouble. They felt cowardly and treacherous to the last degree when Potter said: "You've been mighty good to me. He was on the ground floor and there were no guards. boys. That's it. you've befriended me. And besides. but forcing himself to stay out. Git up on one another's backs and let me touch 'em. and they wonder he wasn't ever hung before. Right. but Tom don't. And I don't forget it." Tom went home miserable. but the same dismal fascination always brought them back presently. is. drawn by an almost irresistible impulse to go in. and weak--but they've helped Muff Potter a power. says I. says I. they talk like that. The boys did as they had often done before--went to the cell grating and gave Potter some tobacco and matches. Each wandered away. I've heard 'em say that if he was to get free they'd lynch him. I wish we could get him out of there. and BEST. Huck. too."Well. Often I says to myself. I reckon--hope so." The boys had a long talk. Tom. and they'd help him more if they could. anyway. they'd ketch him again. from time to time. there seemed to be no angels or fairies interested in this luckless captive. it's a prime comfort to see faces that's friendly when a body's in such a muck of trouble. Stand a litter furder west--so--that's it.

Both sexes were about equally represented in the packed audience. at an early hour of the morning that the murder was discovered. At the end of the second day the village talk was to the effect that Injun Joe's evidence stood firm and unshaken. After a long wait the jury filed in and took their places. that night. They were allowed to leave the stand without being cross-questioned. and that he immediately sneaked away. The perplexity and dissatisfaction of the house expressed itself in murmurs and provoked a reproof from the bench. Potter. These details and accompanying delays worked up an atmosphere of preparation that was as impressive as it was fascinating. Tom was out late.heard distressing news--the toils were closing more and more relentlessly around poor Potter. All the village flocked to the court-house the next morning. pale and haggard. for this was to be the great day. Did this attorney mean to throw away his client's life without an effort? Several witnesses deposed concerning Potter's guilty behavior when brought to the scene of the murder. stolid as ever. It was hours before he got to sleep. but dropped them again when his own counsel said: "I have no questions to ask him. no less conspicuous was Injun Joe. Counsel for the prosecution said: "Take the witness. He was in a tremendous state of excitement. timid and hopeless. The usual whisperings among the lawyers and gathering together of papers followed. After some further questioning. Now a witness was called who testified that he found Muff Potter washing in the brook. and that there was not the slightest question as to what the jury's verdict would be." Potter's lawyer replied." Counsel for Potter declined to question him. Every detail of the damaging circumstances that occurred in the graveyard upon that morning which all present remembered so well was brought out by credible witnesses. "Take the witness. and came to bed through the window." The next witness proved the finding of the knife near the corpse. shortly afterward. Counsel for the prosecution now said: . counsel for the prosecution said: "Take the witness. and seated where all the curious eyes could stare at him. A third witness swore he had often seen the knife in Potter's possession. was brought in. with chains upon him. but none of them were cross-examined by Potter's lawyer. There was another pause. and then the judge arrived and the sheriff proclaimed the opening of the court." "I have no questions to ask him." The prisoner raised his eyes for a moment. The faces of the audience began to betray annoyance.

sir. or not?" "I was hid. upon the unhappy prisoner at the bar. where were you on the seventeenth of June. but the words refused to come. and many women's compassion testified itself in tears." Injun Joe gave a barely perceptible start. The oath was administered." "Where?" "Behind the elms that's on the edge of the grave. for he awoke in every face in the house. and he put his face in his hands and rocked his body softly to and fro. not even Every eye fastened itself with wondering interest and took his place upon the stand. We rest our case here. Counsel for the defence rose and said: "Your honor. in our remarks at the opening of this trial. The audience listened breathless. we foreshadowed our purpose to prove that our client did this fearful deed while under the influence of a blind and irresponsible delirium produced by drink." A contemptuous smile flitted across Injun Joe's face. "Any one with you?" "Yes. however. The boy looked was badly scared. I went there with--" . we have fastened this awful crime. please." A groan escaped from poor Potter. Many men were moved. "Were you anywhere near Horse Williams' grave?" "Yes." [Then to the clerk:] "Call Thomas Sawyer!" A puzzled amazement excepting Potter's. while a painful silence reigned in the court-room. You were--" "In the graveyard. and managed to put enough of it into his voice to make part of the house hear: "In the graveyard!" "A little bit louder. the boy got a little of his strength back."By the oaths of citizens whose simple word is above suspicion. sir. After a few moments." "Speak up--just a trifle louder. We shall not offer that plea. about the hour of midnight?" Tom glanced at Injun Joe's iron face and his tongue failed him. upon Tom as he rose wild enough." "Were you hidden. We have changed our mind. How near were you?" "Near as I am to you. "Thomas Sawyer. beyond all possibility of question. Don't be afraid.

my boy. Now. for the village paper magnified him. and don't be afraid. Did you carry anything there with you. Injun Joe jumped with the knife and--" Crash! Quick as lightning the half-breed sprang for a window. therefore it is not well to find fault with it. unreasoning world took Muff Potter to its bosom and fondled him as lavishly as it had abused him before. yet. The poor fellow had got the attorney to promise secrecy. Hardly any temptation could persuade the boy to stir abroad after nightfall. tell us everything that occurred--tell it in your own way--don't skip anything. Injun Joe infested all his dreams. His name even went into immortal print. Tom's days were days of splendor and exultation to him." Tom began--hesitatingly at first. What did you take there?" "Only a--a--dead cat. and Huck was sore afraid that his share in the business might leak out." There was a ripple of mirth. We will produce him at the proper time. taking no note of time. The truth is always respectable."Wait--wait a moment. the envy of the young. but as he warmed to his subject his words flowed more and more easily." Tom hesitated and looked confused. for Tom had told the whole story to the lawyer the night before the great day of the trial. "We will produce the skeleton of that cat. every eye fixed itself upon him. Never mind mentioning your companion's name. but what of that? Since Tom's harassed conscience had managed to drive him to the lawyer's house by night and wring a dread tale from lips that had been sealed with the dismalest and most formidable of oaths. yet. with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words. Huck's confidence in the human race was well-nigh obliterated. in a little while every sound ceased but his own voice. There were some that believed he would be President. my boy--don't be diffident. rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale. Poor Huck was in the same state of wretchedness and terror. Daily Muff Potter's gratitude made Tom glad he had spoken. As usual. but nightly . the fickle. which the court checked. if he escaped hanging. The strain upon pent emotion reached its climax when the boy said: "--and as the doctor fetched the board around and Muff Potter fell. notwithstanding Injun Joe's flight had saved him the suffering of testifying in court. tore his way through all opposers. But that sort of conduct is to the world's credit. but his nights were seasons of horror. "Speak out. and was gone! CHAPTER XXIV TOM was a glittering hero once more--the pet of the old. and always with doom in his eye.

he had gone fishing. it lays there a long time and gets rusty. but no Injun Joe was found. shook his head. but mostly under the floor in ha'nted houses. and by and by somebody finds an old yellow paper that tells how to find the marks--a paper that's got to be ciphered over about a week because it's mostly signs and hy'roglyphics. The slow days drifted on.he wished he had sealed up his tongue. Tom took him to a private place and opened the matter to him confidentially. came up from St. a detective. Louis. sometimes in rotten chests under the end of a limb of an old dead tree. but failed of success. But robbers don't do that way. and each left behind it a slightly lightened weight of apprehension. he "found a clew. the other half he was afraid he would be. the country had been scoured. moused around." "Who hides it?" "Why. robbers. or else they die. just where the shadow falls at midnight. they think they will. One of those omniscient and awe-inspiring marvels. and so after that detective had got through and gone home. They always hide it and leave it there. He sallied out to find Joe Harper." . If 'twas mine I wouldn't hide it. Next he sought Ben Rogers. Huck --sometimes on islands." "Don't they come after it any more?" "No. looked wise." "So would I. Rewards had been offered. and made that sort of astounding success which members of that craft usually achieve. but they generally forget the marks. Presently he stumbled upon Huck Finn the Red-Handed. Half the time Tom was afraid Injun Joe would never be captured. most anywhere. Tom felt just as insecure as he was before. That is to say. This desire suddenly came upon Tom one day." "Why. for he had a troublesome superabundance of that sort of time which is not money. Huck would answer. of course--who'd you reckon? Sunday-school sup'rintendents?" "I don't know. indeed it ain't. CHAPTER XXV THERE comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. Anyway." But you can't hang a "clew" for murder. "Oh. Huck was willing. It's hid in mighty particular places. Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital. I'd spend it and have a good time. "Where'll we dig?" said Huck. is it hid all around?" "No. He felt sure he never could draw a safe breath again until that man was dead and he had seen the corpse.

I don' know no kings." "Do they hop?" "Hop?--your granny! No!" "Well. Tom. "That's bully. kings have slathers of them." "Well. or under a dead tree that's got one limb sticking out. Well. Tom. They always bury it under a ha'nted house or on an island. how you going to find the marks?" "I don't want any marks. hardly. How's that?" Huck's eyes glowed. that don't seem to mean anything. Plenty bully enough for me. But if you was to go to Europe you'd see a raft of 'em hopping around."HyroQwhich?" "Hy'roglyphics--pictures and things." "All right. we've tried Jackson's Island a little. and there's lots of dead-limb trees--dead loads of 'em. Huck?" "Not as I remember. and we can try it again some time. But I bet you I ain't going to throw off on di'monds. and there's the old ha'nted house up the Still-House branch. Hain't you ever seen one." "Is it under all of them?" "How you talk! No!" "Then how you going to know which one to go for?" "Go for all of 'em!" "Why. it'll take all summer." "No! Is that so?" "Cert'nly--anybody'll tell you so. Just you gimme the hundred dollars and I don't want no di'monds. but's worth six bits or a dollar." "I reckon you don't. or rotten chest full of di'monds." "Oh. Tom?" "No. for?" ." "Well then. you know. what did you say they did. all rusty and gray." "Have you got one of them papers. Some of 'em's worth twenty dollars apiece--there ain't any. what of that? Suppose you find a brass pot with a hundred dollars in it." "Well.

that ain't any use. if we find a treasure here." "Well. Fight! Why. of course--what do they want to hop for?--but I mean you'd just see 'em--scattered around. you know. if they like it." "Wait--you'll see. Huck." So they got a crippled pick and a shovel." said Tom. I don't know. and a red necktie and a bull pup. and threw themselves down in the shade of a neighboring elm to rest and have a smoke. I remember. and I tell you he'd clean it out pretty quick." "Tom." "Richard? What's his other name?" "He didn't have any other name. but I don't want to be a king and have only just a given name. they used to fight all the time. you ain't in your right mind. so as to have something to live on. I'll have pie and a glass of soda every day. all right." "Married!" "That's it. by and by. Tom?" "I'm going to buy a new drum."Shucks. and I'll go to every circus that comes along. "So do I. mighty . what you going to do with your share?" "Well. But say--where you going to dig first?" "Well. and set out on their three-mile tramp." "Well. I only meant you'd SEE 'em--not hopping. you--why. like a nigger. Like that old humpbacked Richard. Tom." "Say. "I like this." "Well. and get married. I bet I'll have a gay time. and a sure-'nough sword. Pap would come back to thish-yer town some day and get his claws on it if I didn't hurry up. ain't you going to save any of it?" "Save it? What for?" "Why. S'pose we tackle that old dead-limb tree on the hill t'other side of Still-House branch?" "I'm agreed. Look at pap and my mother. that's the foolishest thing you could do. Kings don't have any but a given name. They arrived hot and panting. What you going to do with yourn. in a kind of a general way." "No?" "But they don't." "Oh.

I didn't think of that. But won't the widow take it away from us. They toiled another half-hour. Huck said: "Do they always bury it as deep as this?" "Sometimes--not always. that's so. Now you better think 'bout this awhile. They pegged away in silence for some time. I reckon they're all alike. What do you think?" "It is mighty curious. It don't make any difference whose land it's on. Huck. but still they made progress. we must be in the wrong place again. Sometimes witches interfere.well. The work went on. I don't understand it." "I reckon that'll be a good one." "SHE take it away! Maybe she'd like to try it once. swabbed the beaded drops from his brow with his sleeve. I reckon. I tell you you better. Finally Huck leaned on his shovel. Tom? It's on her land." "Shucks! Witches ain't got no power in the daytime. Whoever finds one of these hid treasures. By and by Huck said: "Blame it. and that's where you dig!" . Not generally." They worked and sweated for half an hour." "Tom." That was satisfactory." "All right--that'll do. Oh. I reckon maybe that's what's the trouble now. like enough." "No you won't. You'll come and live with me. The girl I'm going to marry won't fight. No result. I reckon we haven't got the right place." "It's all the same. Only if you get married I'll be more lonesomer than ever." "That ain't anything. some says girl--both's right. Still no result. I know what the matter is! What a blamed lot of fools we are! You got to find out where the shadow of the limb falls at midnight. What's the name of the gal?" "It ain't a gal at all--it's a girl. The labor dragged a little. some says gal." "Well. Tom?" "I'll tell you some time--not now. They'll all comb a body. and said: "Where you going to dig next. what's her name." So they chose a new spot and began again. it belongs to him. Anyway. after we get this one?" "I reckon maybe we'll tackle the old tree that's over yonder on Cardiff Hill back of the widow's. Now stir out of this and we'll go to digging.

We've got to do it to-night. the deep baying of a hound floated up out of the distance. "That's the very trouble. Huck. "Why. too. becuz maybe there's others in front a-waiting for a chance. about the appointed time. It was a lonely place. they marked where the shadow fell." Huck dropped his shovel. ghosts lurked in the murky nooks. The boys were subdued by these solemnities. here this time of night with witches and ghosts a-fluttering around so. to look out for it. "That's it. and I'm afeard to turn around. It was only a stone or a chunk. and an hour made solemn by old traditions." "Well. they only suffered a new disappointment. Their hopes commenced to rise." "What's that?". They most always put in a dead man when they bury a treasure under a tree. either." ."Then consound it. and besides this kind of thing's too awful. It's an awful long way. but then there's another thing. because if somebody sees these holes they'll know in a minute what's here and they'll go for it. and their industry kept pace with it. We spotted the shadder to a dot. too. A body's bound to get into trouble with 'em. we've fooled away all this work for nothing. Like enough it was too late or too early." said he. By and by they judged that twelve had come. I been creeping all over." "I don't like to stir 'em up. but every time their hearts jumped to hear the pick strike upon something." "Lordy!" "Yes. Can you get out?" "I bet I will. They sat in the shadow waiting. The hole deepened and still deepened." "I know it. Their interest grew stronger." "Tom. we only guessed at the time. Spirits whispered in the rustling leaves." "All right. sure." The boys were there that night. S'pose this one here was to stick his skull out and say something!" "Don't Tom! It's awful. ever since I got here. I've been pretty much so. and began to dig. we're wrong again. but we CAN'T be wrong. Let's hide the tools in the bushes. We can't ever tell the right time." "Well. they do. I'll come around and maow to-night. Now hang it all. I've always heard that. an owl answered with his sepulchral note. and talked little. I don't like to fool around much where there's dead people." "Well. I feel as if something's behind me all the time. We got to give this one up. Huck. we got to come back in the night. At last Tom said: "It ain't any use.

maybe. But anyway they don't come around in the daytime." They had started down the hill by this time. that's mostly because they don't like to go where a man's been murdered. We'll tackle the ha'nted house if you say so--but I reckon it's taking chances. Tom. they had come for their tools." "Say. utterly isolated. but." "Well. They won't hender us from digging there in the daytime. and then said: "The ha'nted house. Huck was measurably so. The boys gazed awhile. Huck. let's give this place up. Dead people might talk. they're a dern sight worse'n dead people. as befitted the time and the circumstances. rank weeds smothering the very doorsteps. that's so. But you know mighty well people don't go about that ha'nted house in the day nor the night. it just is. ghosts don't travel around only at night. then talking in a low tone. they struck far off to the right. I couldn't stand such a thing as that. half expecting to see a blue light flit past a window. It stands to reason. There in the middle of the moonlit valley below them stood the "ha'nted" house. the way a ghost does." "What'll it be?" Tom considered awhile. when you ain't noticing. where you see one of them blue lights flickering around. you can bet there's a ghost mighty close behind it. Becuz you know that they don't anybody but ghosts use 'em." "Yes. that's so." "Well. but they don't come sliding around in a shroud."Well. so what's the use of our being afeard?" "Well. also--but suddenly said: . Huck. the chimney crumbled to ruin. I don't feel comfortable a bit. Why. and peep over your shoulder all of a sudden and grit their teeth. all right." "All right. and took their way homeward through the woods that adorned the rearward side of Cardiff Hill." "Yes. anyway--but nothing's ever been seen around that house except in the night--just some blue lights slipping by the windows--no regular ghosts. the window-sashes vacant. Tom was impatient to go to the haunted house. Tom. to give the haunted house a wide berth. and try somewheres else. Tom--nobody could. a corner of the roof caved in. Tom. its fences gone long ago. I reckon we better. I don't like ha'nted houses. That's it!" "Blame it." "Well. CHAPTER XXVI ABOUT noon the next day the boys arrived at the dead tree.

And if he hit that dime only on the edge he would set down and cry--and curse. but all at once it popped onto me that it was Friday. with one hand tied behind him. He loved 'em. Huck. Who did he rob?" "Only sheriffs and bishops and rich people and kings. of course. and plug a ten-cent piece every time." "MIGHT! Better say we WOULD! There's some lucky days. he must 'a' been a brick. now and then casting a yearning eye down upon the haunted house and passing a remark about the noblest man that ever was. and such like." "I'm agreed. I don't reckon YOU was the first that found it out. Huck. Huck!" "Well. I didn't neither. Did they fight?" "No." "Well. I never said I was." "Well. All we got to do is to look mighty sharp and keep out of it. He was a robber. you. do you know what day it is?" Tom mentally ran over the days of the week. Who's Robin Hood?" "Why. a "What's a YEW bow?" "I don't know. he was the They ain't any such men now. But he never bothered the poor. and play. It's some kind of a bow." "Blame it. he was one of the greatest men that was ever in England--and the best. We might 'a' got into an awful scrape." So they played Robin Hood all the afternoon." "Well." "Any fool knows that. But we'll play Robin Hood--it's nobby fun. When they don't fight it's only a sign that there's trouble around. Huck?" "No. and then quickly lifted his eyes with a startled look in them-"My! I never once thought of it. tackling such a thing on a Friday. Huck." "I bet you he was. maybe." . He always divided up with 'em perfectly square. I had a rotten bad dream last night--dreampt about rats. I'll learn you. a body can't be too careful. did I? And Friday ain't all. neither. you know. I can tell England. Do you know Robin Hood. Tom. We'll drop this thing for to-day. He could lick any man in and he could take his yew bow mile and a half." "No! Sure sign of trouble. that's good." "Cracky. but Friday ain't. Huck. I wisht I was."Lookyhere. Oh.

On Saturday." "T'other" was a ragged. vacant windows. shortly after noon.... in a misery of fear. that they were afraid. When they reached the haunted house there was something so weird and grisly about the dead silence that reigned there under the baking sun. Here they are. Each boy said to himself: "There's the old deaf and dumb Spaniard that's been about town once or twice lately--never saw t'other man before.. and then somebody else had come along and turned it up with a single thrust of a shovel. There!.. floorless room. and here. my! Let's run!" "Keep still! Don't you budge! They're coming right toward the door. Next they wanted to look up-stairs. talking in whispers. I wish I was out of this!" Two men entered." The boys stretched themselves upon the floor with their eyes to knot-holes in the planking. In one corner they found a closet that promised mystery. blanching with fright. but they got to daring each other. too..morrow's prospects and possibilities there. and wondering at it.. They presently entered. No--coming. the boys were at the dead tree again.. softly. and of course there could be but one result--they threw their tools into a corner and made the ascent. a ruinous staircase. As the sun began to sink into the west they took their way homeward athwart the long shadows of the trees and soon were buried from sight in the forests of Cardiff Hill. an ancient fireplace.. unkempt creature.. "Sh!. rather admiring their own boldness. but the promise was a fraud--there was nothing in it. and then dug a little in their last hole. The thing failed this time. but had fulfilled all the requirements that belong to the business of treasure-hunting. My goodness. there. In a little while familiarity modified their fears and they gave the place a critical and interested examination. Oh. not with great hope. with quickened pulses. ears alert to catch the slightest sound. Huck. he had bushy white . for a moment. and something so depressing about the loneliness and desolation of the place. to venture in. and lay waiting. They were about to go down and begin work when-"Sh!" said Tom. "What is it?" whispered Huck.. This was something like cutting off retreat. Their courage was up now and well in hand. and muscles tense and ready for instant retreat. but merely because Tom said there were so many cases where people had given up a treasure after getting down within six inches of it. "They've stopped. however. and everywhere hung ragged and abandoned cobwebs. They had a smoke and a chat in the shade. They saw a weed-grown. The Spaniard was wrapped in a serape. Then they crept to the door and took a trembling peep. Hear it?" "Yes!. Up there were the same signs of decay. with nothing very pleasant in his face. Don't whisper another word. so the boys shouldered their tools and went away feeling that they had not trifled with fortune. unplastered..

long as we didn't succeed. I wanted to yesterday. anyway. I want to quit this shanty. and I don't like it." "Those infernal boys" quaked again under the inspiration of this remark. and thought how lucky it was that they had remembered it was Friday and concluded to wait a day. his head drooped lower and lower. and the speaker continued his remarks. His manner became less guarded and his words more distinct as he proceeded: "No. Then for Texas! We'll leg it together!" This was satisfactory. "Milksop!" This voice made the boys gasp and quake. and not another house about. with their backs to the wall. They wished in their hearts they had waited a year." said he. only it warn't any use trying to stir out of here. Injun Joe said: "Look here. Tom whispered: "Now's our chance--come!" Huck said: ." "Well. It's dangerous. When they came in." "I know that. Wait there till you hear from me. It was Injun Joe's! There was silence for some time. 'Twon't ever be known that we tried. lad--you go back up the river where you belong." "Dangerous!" grunted the "deaf and dumb" Spaniard--to the vast surprise of the boys.whiskers. "I've thought it all over. The boys drew a long. and Injun Joe said: "I'm dead for sleep! It's your turn to watch. His comrade stirred him once or twice and he became quiet. I'll take the chances on dropping into this town just once more." He curled down in the weeds and soon began to snore. But there warn't any other place as handy after that fool of a job. Then Joe said: "What's any more dangerous than that job up yonder--but nothing's come of it. for a look. grateful breath. they sat down on the ground. "t'other" was talking in a low voice. with those infernal boys playing over there on the hill right in full view. The two men got out some food and made a luncheon. both men began to snore now." "That's different. facing the door. Away up the river so. long white hair flowed from under his sombrero. Both men presently fell to yawning. what's more dangerous than coming here in the daytime!--anybody would suspicion us that saw us. We'll do that 'dangerous' job after I've spied around a little and think things look well for it. After a long and thoughtful silence. and he wore green goggles. Presently the watcher began to nod.

it's a box." "My! have I been asleep?" "Oh. "What is it?" said his comrade. The boys forgot all their fears. partly. accidents might happen. pard. "Half-rotten plank--no. Luck!--the splendor of it was beyond all imagination! Six hundred dollars was money enough to make half a dozen boys rich! Here was treasure-hunting under the happiest auspices--there would not be any bothersome uncertainty as to where to dig. partly. No use to take it away till we start south." "No--but I'd say come in the night as we used to do--it's better. knelt down. raised one of the rearward hearth-stones and took out a bag that jingled pleasantly. With gloating eyes they watched every movement. But the first step he made wrung such a hideous creak from the crazy floor that he sank down almost dead with fright. though--nothing's happened. "Hello!" said he." "Yes: but look here. He subtracted from it twenty or thirty dollars for himself and as much for Injun Joe. now. Never mind. but ain't you glad NOW we're here!" Joe's knife struck upon something. Nearly time for us to be moving. He never made a second attempt. I reckon. What'll we do with what little swag we've got left?" "I don't know--leave it here as we've always done. digging with his bowie-knife. Injun Joe sat up. ain't you! All right." Tom urged--Huck held back. I believe. we'll just regularly bury it--and bury it deep. and then they were grateful to note that at last the sun was setting. for they simply meant--"Oh. I've broke a hole. it may be a good while before I get the right chance at that job. Six hundred and fifty in silver's something to carry." He reached his hand in and drew it out-- . At last Tom rose slowly and softly. and started alone. who walked across the room. Here--bear a hand and we'll see what it's here for. 'tain't in such a very good place. and passed the bag to the latter. stared around--smiled grimly upon his comrade."I can't--I'd die if they was to wake. whose head was drooping upon his knees--stirred him up with his foot and said: "Here! YOU'RE a watchman. The boys lay there counting the dragging moments till it seemed to them that time must be done and eternity growing gray." "Good idea. who was on his knees in the corner." "Well--all right--it won't matter to come here once more. They nudged each other every moment--eloquent nudges and easily understood." said the comrade. all their miseries in an instant. Now one snore ceased.

" The half-breed frowned. There's an old rusty pick over amongst the weeds in the corner the other side of the fireplace--I saw it a minute ago. The other place is bad--too common." Injun Joe got up and went about from window to window cautiously peeping out. shook his head." said Injun Joe. When it's finished--then Texas. It's nearly dark enough to start. it was iron bound and had been very slow years had injured it. 'Tain't robbery altogether--it's REVENGE!" and a wicked light flamed in his eyes. there's thousands of dollars here." said Injun Joe. They were gold. We'll take it to my den. Presently he said: "Who could have brought those tools here? Do you reckon they can be up-stairs?" . muttered himself.] I'd nearly forgot. something to unearthed. "and this looks like it." "Now you won't need to do that job. The box was soon not very large. The men contemplated the blissful silence. Least you don't know all about that thing. and as delighted." "Well--if you say so. "I'll need your help in it. [Ravishing delight overhead. That pick had fresh earth on it! [The boys were sick with terror in a moment. You mean Number One?" "No--Number Two--under the cross. Joe took the pick." the stranger observed."Man. It was strong before the treasure awhile in "Pard. Injun looked it over critically. and then began to use it." "Why. what'll we do with this--bury it again?" "Yes. "'Twas always said that Murrel's gang used to be around here one summer. The boys above were as excited as themselves. Joe's comrade said: "We'll make quick work of this. Said he: "You don't know me. it's money!" The two men examined the handful of coins." "All right. of course! Might have thought of that before. "I know it. and stand by till you hear from me." He ran and brought the boys' pick and shovel. I should say. Go home to your Nance and your kids.] NO! by the great Sachem.] What business has a pick and a shovel here? What business with fresh earth on them? Who brought them here--and where are they gone? Have you heard anybody?--seen anybody? What! bury it again and leave them to come and see the ground disturbed? Not exactly--not exactly. no! [Profound distress overhead.

and then turned toward the stairway. very small comfort it was to Tom to be alone in danger! Company would be a palpable improvement. Four times he had his hands on that rich treasure and four times it wasted to nothingness in his fingers as sleep forsook him and wakefulness brought back the hard reality of his misfortune. Shortly afterward they slipped out of the house in the deepening twilight. then he agreed with his friend that what daylight was left ought to be economized in getting things ready for leaving. I'm willing. Tom and Huck rose up. Injun Joe put his hand on his knife. They talked it all over. he thought. and as they entered town they agreed to believe that he might possibly mean somebody else--at least that he might at least mean nobody but Tom. nearly fainting. and his comrade said: "Now what's the use of all that? If it's anybody. and then he would have had the misfortune to find that money turn up missing. CHAPTER XXVII THE adventure of the day mightily tormented Tom's dreams that night. The boys thought of the closet." wherever that might be. Huck!" "Oh. whoever hove those things in here caught a sight of us and took us for ghosts or devils or something. But for that." Joe grumbled awhile. I'll bet they're running yet. let them STAY there--who cares? If they want to jump down. They did not talk much. and follow him to "Number Two. and moved toward the river with their precious box. Very. Then a ghastly thought occurred to Tom. He gathered himself up cursing. weak but vastly relieved. when there was a crash of rotten timbers and Injun Joe landed on the ground amid the debris of the ruined stairway. who objects? It will be dark in fifteen minutes --and then let them follow us if they want to. halted a moment. and they're up there. bitter luck that the tools were ever brought there! They resolved to keep a lookout for that Spaniard when he should come to town spying out for chances to do his revengeful job. undecided. now. since only Tom had testified. Bitter. The steps came creaking up the stairs--the intolerable distress of the situation woke the stricken resolution of the lads--they were about to spring for the closet. and get into trouble. They were content to reach ground again without broken necks. He would have hidden the silver with the gold to wait there till his "revenge" was satisfied. Injun Joe never would have suspected. don't!" said Huck. They were too much absorbed in hating themselves--hating the ill luck that made them take the spade and the pick there. but their strength was gone. and take the townward track over the hill. and stared after them through the chinks between the logs of the house. "Revenge? What if he means US. As he lay in the early morning recalling the incidents of his great adventure.The boys' breath forsook them. Follow? Not they. he noticed that they seemed curiously subdued and far away--somewhat as if . In my opinion.

that thing yesterday. then the adventure would be proved to have been only a dream. I'd feel mighty shaky if I was to see him. that ain't it.. they would have been found to consist of a handful of real dimes and a bushel of vague. that the quantity of coin he had seen was too vast to be real.they had happened in another world. yourself. No. Huck was sitting on the gunwale of a flatboat. But I can't make nothing out of it. Huck--maybe it's the number of a house!" "Goody!. not rot him. anyway. or in a time long gone by." "Well. but I'd like to see him. He never had supposed for a moment that so large a sum as a hundred dollars was to be found in actual money in any one's possession. Tom. If it is. Say. anyway--and track him out--to his Number Two. If his notions of hidden treasure had been analyzed. we'll never find him. then. that's it. we'd 'a' got the money." "What ain't a dream?" "Oh. It's too deep. if we'd 'a' left the blame tools at the dead tree. ungraspable dollars." "Number Two--yes. Huck!" "Hello. and that no such sums really existed in the world. He had never seen as much as fifty dollars in one mass before. A feller don't have only one chance for such a pile--and that one's lost.. 'tain't a dream! Somehow I most wish it was. He would snatch a hurried breakfast and go and find Huck. Tom concluded to let Huck lead up to the subject. for a minute. splendid. But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the attrition of thinking them over. Oh. I been thinking 'bout that. so'd I. If he did not do it. FIND him! Track the money!" "Tom. I been half thinking it was. listlessly dangling his feet in the water and looking very melancholy. it ain't in this ." Silence." "Dream! If them stairs hadn't broke down you'd 'a' seen how much dream it was! I've had dreams enough all night--with that patch-eyed Spanish devil going for me all through 'em--rot him!" "No. Then it occurred to him that the great adventure itself must be a dream! There was one very strong argument in favor of this idea--namely. Huck. "Hello. after all. What do you reckon it is?" "I dono. and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream. Dog'd if I don't. This uncertainty must be swept away. ain't it awful!" "'Tain't a dream. "Tom. in that he imagined that all references to "hundreds" and "thousands" were mere fanciful forms of speech. and he was like all boys of his age and station in life.

and he never saw anybody go into it or come out of it except at night. He was gone half an hour." Tom was off at once." CHAPTER XXVIII THAT night Tom and Huck were ready for their adventure. Tom. They hung ." Tom thought a long time." "Well. that ain't the place. They ain't no numbers here. If you see him. No. I'll try. it's so. Huck. 2 we're after. "That's what I've found out." "You bet I'll follow him. 2 had long been occupied by a young lawyer. that's the trick! They ain't only two taverns. No. that's so. and the first dark night we'll go there and try 'em. had made the most of the mystery by entertaining himself with the idea that that room was "ha'nted". In the less ostentatious house. He did not care to have Huck's company in public places. Huck. And mind you. maybe he'd never think anything. by jingoes!" "Now you're TALKING! Don't you ever weaken. it'll be night. Why. The tavern-keeper's young son said it was kept locked all the time. and be going right after that money. but it was rather feeble. and I'll nip all of auntie's. He found that in the best tavern. sure. 2 was a mystery. Here--it's the number of a room--in a town. 2 is the door that comes out into that little close alley between the tavern and the old rattle trap of a brick store. till I come. had had some little curiosity." "I reckon it is. keep a lookout for Injun Joe. I will. He mightn't ever see you--and if he did." "It's so. Huck. and was still so occupied. Lemme think a minute. I'll foller him." "Lordy. he might 'a' found out he couldn't get his revenge. you know!" "Oh. because he said he was going to drop into town and spy around once more for a chance to get his revenge. Tom. had noticed that there was a light in there the night before. you just follow him. Huck. Then he said: "I'll tell you. We can find out quick. he did not know any particular reason for this state of things. and if he don't go to that No. I reckon that's the very No. Now what you going to do?" "Lemme think. if it's dark. 2. I don't want to foller him by myself!" "Why. The back door of that No. Now you get hold of all the door-keys you can find. I dono--I dono. and I won't." "Well." "You stay here. if it's pretty dark I reckon I'll track him.

In his uneasiness Huck found himself drawing closer and closer to the alley. He began to wish he could see a flash from the lantern--it would frighten him. The night promised to be a fair one. Tom?" "Huck. either. An hour before midnight the tavern closed up and its lights (the only ones thereabouts) were put out. Then there was a season of waiting anxiety that weighed upon Huck's spirits like a mountain. Everything was auspicious. with his old patch on his eye and his arms spread out. GREAT CAESAR'S GHOST!" "What!--what'd you see. nobody resembling the Spaniard entered or left the tavern door. Huck stood sentry and Tom felt his way into the alley. for your life!" He needn't have repeated it. Tom got his lantern. They wouldn't turn in the lock. Just as they got within its shelter the storm burst and the rain poured down. maybe his heart had burst under terror and excitement. it was awful! I tried two of the keys. It seemed hours since Tom had disappeared." whereupon he would slip out and try the keys. There was not much to take away. just as soft as I could. Also Wednesday. wrapped it closely in the towel. He hid the lantern in Huck's sugar hogshead and the watch began. Huck was to come and "maow. what did you do? Did he wake up?" . But the night remained clear. lit it in the hogshead. and Huck closed his watch and retired to bed in an empty sugar hogshead about twelve. Huck was making thirty or forty miles an hour before the repetition was uttered. for he seemed only able to inhale it by thimblefuls. and momentarily expecting some catastrophe to happen that would take away his breath. but they seemed to make such a power of racket that I couldn't hardly get my breath I was so scared. but it would at least tell him that Tom was alive yet. and open comes the door! It warn't locked! I hopped in. Tuesday the boys had the same ill luck. Tom slipped out in good season with his aunt's old tin lantern. I most stepped onto Injun Joe's hand!" "No!" "Yes! He was lying there. "run. maybe he was dead." "Lordy. Nobody had entered or left the alley. But Thursday night promised better. Well. one watching the alley at a distance and the other the tavern door. without noticing what I was doing.about the neighborhood of the tavern until after nine. the perfect stillness was interrupted only by occasional mutterings of distant thunder. sound asleep on the floor. Surely he must have fainted. No Spaniard had been seen. As soon as Tom got his breath he said: "Huck. The boys never stopped till they reached the shed of a deserted slaughter-house at the lower end of the village. fearing all sorts of dreadful things. and. and shook off the towel. Suddenly there was a flash of light and Tom came tearing by him: "Run!" said he. The blackness of darkness reigned. and the two adventurers crept in the gloom toward the tavern. once was enough. and his heart would soon wear itself out. the way it was beating. and a large towel to blindfold it with. Nobody entered the alley or left it. I took hold of the knob. so Tom went home with the understanding that if a considerable degree of darkness came on.

if we watch every night. Don't you see. All you got to do is to trot up Hooper Street a block and maow--and if I'm asleep. I didn't see the box. Tom. I didn't wait to look around. I didn't see the cross. Huck?" "Well. no--I reckon not. I will. I would. Now. hey. You go back and watch that long. and so does his pap's nigger man. never budged. Huck." "Say. I reckon. will you?" "I said I would. too."No. I reckon maybe that's so. yes. Tom. . Now." "That's all right. it's ha'nted with whiskey! Maybe ALL the Temperance Taverns have got a ha'nted room. we'll be dead sure to see him go out. I bet!" "Well. what's the matter with that ha'nted room?" "How?" "Why. It's too scary." "And I reckon not. the storm's over. he'd be drunk enough and I'd do it." "It is. I'll ha'nt that tavern every night for a year! I'll sleep all day and I'll stand watch all night." There was a long pause for reflection. If there'd been three. if Injun Joe's drunk. and I will. you throw some gravel at the window and that'll fetch me. I'll watch the whole night long. and I'll do it every night. I didn't see anything but a bottle and a tin cup on the floor by Injun Joe. I just grabbed that towel and started!" "I'd never 'a' thought of the towel. less not try that thing any more till we know Injun Joe's not in there. Drunk. and good as wheat!" "Now. I saw two barrels and lots more bottles in the room. now." "Agreed. Huck. and I'll go home. some time or other. My aunt would make me mighty sick if I lost it." "Well." "All right. It'll begin to be daylight in a couple of hours. He lets me. Only one bottle alongside of Injun Joe ain't enough. I'm agreed. Who'd 'a' thought such a thing? But say. where you going to sleep?" "In Ben Rogers' hayloft. Tom. that! You try it!" Huck shuddered. "Well. now's a mighty good time to get that box. did you see that box?" "Huck. if you'll do the other part of the job. Huck. and then we'll snatch that box quicker'n lightning. and then Tom said: "Lookyhere.

and Becky took the chief place in the boy's interest. Tom. Mary remained at home to entertain him. Sometime I've set right down and eat WITH him. and everything was ready for a start. but he was disappointed." CHAPTER XXIX THE first thing Tom heard on Friday morning was a glad piece of news --Judge Thatcher's family had come back to town the night before. and she consented. And she'll be awful glad to have us. and any time I ask him he gives me a little something to eat if he can spare it. in the night. and he had good hopes of hearing Huck's "maow." and of having his treasure to astonish Becky and the picnickers with. The last thing Mrs. Both Injun Joe and the treasure sunk into secondary importance for a moment. And mind and behave yourself and don't be any trouble. if I don't want you in the daytime. was: "You'll not get back till late. child. as they tripped along.Uncle Jake. Thatcher said to Becky. She'll have ice-cream! She has it most every day--dead loads of it." "Then I'll stay with Susy Harper. that will be fun!" Then Becky reflected a moment and said: . No signal came that night. eventually. I'll let you sleep. He likes me. The day was completed and crowned in a peculiarly satisfactory way: Becky teased her mother to appoint the next day for the long-promised and long-delayed picnic. He saw her and they had an exhausting good time playing "hi-spy" and "gully-keeper" with a crowd of their school-mates. next day. 'Stead of going to Joe Harper's we'll climb right up the hill and stop at the Widow Douglas'. A body's got to do things when he's awful hungry he wouldn't want to do as a steady thing. The children were considered safe enough under the wings of a few young ladies of eighteen and a few young gentlemen of twenty-three or thereabouts." "Very well." Presently. becuz I don't ever act as if I was above him. Any time you see something's up. But you needn't tell that. and by ten or eleven o'clock a giddy and rollicking company were gathered at Judge Thatcher's. That's a mighty good nigger. Tom's excitement enabled him to keep awake until a pretty late hour. just skip right around and maow. mamma. Sid was sick and had to miss the fun. The old steam ferryboat was chartered for the occasion. and straightway the young folks of the village were thrown into a fever of preparation and pleasurable anticipation. presently the gay throng filed up the main street laden with provision-baskets. Perhaps you'd better stay all night with some of the girls that live near the ferry-landing. The invitations were sent out before sunset. I tote water for Uncle Jake whenever he wants me to. Tom said to Becky: "Say--I'll tell you what we'll do." "Oh. and Tom's not more moderate." "Well. I won't come bothering around. Morning came. It was not the custom for elderly people to mar the picnics with their presence. The child's delight was boundless.

It was said that one might wander days and nights together through its intricate tangle of rifts and chasms. and so what's the harm? All she wants is that you'll be safe. By-and-by somebody shouted: "Who's ready for the cave?" Everybody was. Within was a small chamber. and by-and-by the rovers straggled back to camp fortified with responsible appetites. and walled by Nature with solid limestone that was dewy with a cold sweat. into the earth. the flickering rank of lights dimly revealing the lofty walls of rock almost to their point of junction sixty feet overhead. and it was just the same--labyrinth under labyrinth. By-and-by the procession went filing down the steep descent of the main avenue. chilly as an ice-house. and the romping began again."But what will mamma say?" "How'll she ever know?" The girl turned the idea over in her mind. and said reluctantly: "I reckon it's wrong--but--" "But shucks! Your mother won't know. No man "knew" the cave. and never find the end of the cave. It and Tom's persuasions presently carried the day. he reasoned--the signal did not come the night before. And why should he give it up. So it was decided to say nothing anybody about the night's programme. and then there was a glad clamor of laughter and a new chase. Its massive oaken door stood unbarred. I know she would!" The Widow Douglas' splendid hospitality was a tempting bait. and. After the feast there was a refreshing season of rest and chat in the shade of spreading oaks. But the impressiveness of the situation quickly wore off. . Three miles below town the ferryboat stopped at the mouth of a woody hollow and tied up. It was romantic and mysterious to stand here in the deep gloom and look out upon the green valley shining in the sun. and that he might go down. and down. Still he could not bear to give up the fun at Widow Douglas'. The moment a candle was lighted there was a general rush upon the owner of it. and I bet you she'd 'a' said go there if she'd 'a' thought of it. so why should it be any more likely to come to-night? The sure fun of the evening outweighed the uncertain treasure. Presently it occurred to Tom that maybe Huck might come this very night and give the signal. but the candle was soon knocked down or blown out. The thought took a deal of the spirit out of his anticipations. All the different ways of getting hot and tired were gone through with. and still down. The crowd swarmed ashore and soon the forest distances and craggy heights echoed far and near with shoutings and laughter. and no end to any of them. he determined to yield to the stronger inclination and not allow himself to think of the box of money another time that day. and straightway there was a general scamper up the hill. boy-like. a struggle and a gallant defence followed. The mouth of the cave was up the hillside--an opening shaped like a letter A. Every few steps other lofty and still narrower crevices branched from it on either hand--for McDougal's cave was but a vast labyrinth of crooked aisles that ran into each other and out again and led nowhere. and then the destruction of the good things began. This main avenue was not more than eight or ten feet wide. But all things have an end. Bundles of candles were procured.

Eleven o'clock came. Huck closed up and shortened his distance. for they would never be able to see him. and it was not customary to venture much beyond this known portion. The night was growing cloudy and dark. now. but nothing happened. and still climbed upward. The next moment two men brushed by him. and were at once hidden in the gloom. and the tavern lights were put out. scattered lights began to wink out. and entirely delighted with the success of the day. fearing he was gaining too fast. It must be that box! So they were going to remove the treasure. Huck waited what seemed a weary long time. then. save that he seemed to hear the beating of his own heart. They plunged into the narrow path between the tall sumach bushes. When the ferryboat with her wild freight pushed into the stream. this sort of close to the day's adventures was romantic and therefore satisfactory. half-way up the hill. Then they were astonished to find that they had been taking no note of time and that night was about at hand. and one seemed to have something under his arm. panting. and why she did not stop at the wharf--and then he dropped her out of his mind and put his attention upon his business. darkness everywhere. hilarious. Parties were able to elude each other for the space of half an hour without going beyond the "known" ground. Tom Sawyer knew as much of the cave as any one. and the noise of vehicles ceased. Huck stepped out and glided along behind the men. So communing with himself. and then groups and couples began to slip aside into branch avenues. they will bury it in the old quarry. fly along the dismal corridors. cat-like. Ten o'clock came. smeared from head to foot with tallow drippings. They moved up the river street three blocks. up the summit. The procession moved along the main avenue some three-quarters of a mile.That was an impossible thing. Huck was already upon his watch when the ferryboat's lights went glinting past the wharf. He trotted along awhile. no sound. Was there any use? Was there really any use? Why not give it up and turn in? A noise fell upon his ear. moved on a piece. then turned to the left up a cross-street. His faith was weakening. By-and-by. listened. daubed with clay. Most of the young men knew a portion of it. the village betook itself to its slumbers and left the small watcher alone with the silence and the ghosts. this they took. But they never stopped at the quarry. then slackened his pace. The hooting of an owl came over the hill--ominous sound! But no . However. He sprang to the corner of the brick store. all straggling foot-passengers disappeared. allowing them to keep just far enough ahead not to be invisible. then stopped altogether. They went straight ahead. Why call Tom now? It would be absurd--the men would get away with the box and never be found again. none. with bare feet. Good. now. The clanging bell had been calling for half an hour. without hesitating. until they came to the path that led up Cardiff Hill. He was all attention in an instant. No. he would trust to the darkness for security from discovery. They passed by the old Welshman's house. for the young people were as subdued and still as people usually are who are nearly tired to death. nobody cared sixpence for the wasted time but the captain of the craft. They passed on. The alley door closed softly. and take each other by surprise at points where the corridors joined again. thought Huck. he would stick to their wake and follow them. He heard no noise on board. He wondered what boat it was. one group after another came straggling back to the mouth of the cave.

Now--this way--now you see. and maybe these men were going to murder her. He knew he was within five steps of the stile leading into Widow Douglas' grounds. He knew where he was." This was that stranger's voice--the stranger of the haunted house. let them bury it there. was everything lost! He was about to spring with winged feet. I don't care for her swag--you may have it. let's get at it. It ain't a millionth part of it! He had me HORSEWHIPPED!--horsewhipped in front of the jail. I'll kill you. and then he stood there shaking as if a dozen agues had taken charge of him at once. if she does. He wished he dared venture to warn her. you'll help me in this thing--for MY sake --that's why you're here--I mightn't be able alone." "Well. but he knew he didn't dare--they might come and catch him. Heavens. If you flinch. But I'll take it out of HER. to fly. if it's got to be done. but he swallowed it again. late as it is. then. and I just leaving this country forever! Give it up and maybe never have another chance. is that my fault? I'll not cry." "Give it up. Better give it up. You slit her nostrils--you notch her ears like a sow!" "By God. And that ain't all. I tell you again. was the "revenge" job! His thought was. he thought. I'll kill her--and then I reckon nobody'll ever know much about who done this business. If she bleeds to death. A deadly chill went to Huck's heart--this. Then he remembered that the Widow Douglas had been kind to him more than once. maybe she's got company--there's lights. I reckon." . I'll tie her to the bed. like a nigger!--with all the town looking on! HORSEWHIPPED!--do you understand? He took advantage of me and died. and so weak that he thought he must surely fall to the ground. My friend. but not her. But her husband was rough on me--many times he was rough on me--and mainly he was the justice of the peace that jugged me for a vagrant. it won't be hard to find. Now there was a voice--a very low voice--Injun Joe's: "Damn her. as I've told you before. Well. don't you?" "Yes." "Oh. Very well. don't kill her! Don't do that!" "Kill? Who said anything about killing? I would kill HIM if he was here. The quicker the better--I'm all in a shiver. when a man cleared his throat not four feet from him! Huck's heart shot into his throat. Do you understand that? And if I have to kill you.footsteps. that's--" "Keep your opinion to yourself! It will be safest for you." "I can't see any. there IS company there. When you want to get revenge on a woman you don't kill her--bosh! you go for her looks. He thought all this and more in the moment that elapsed between the stranger's remark and Injun Joe's next--which was-"Because the bush is in your way.

" were Huck's first words when he "Please don't--I'd be killed. Huck waited for no particulars. after balancing. lad. There was a lagging. "What's the row there? Who's banging? What do you want?" "Let me in--quick! I'll tell everything. Down."Do it NOW? And company there? Look here--I'll get suspicious of you. He sprang away and sped down the hill as fast as his legs could carry him. so he held his breath and stepped gingerly back. Huck came groping up the hill and rapped gently at the old Welshman's door. down he sped. "out with it and nobody here'll ever tell. His gratitude was measureless. indeed! It ain't a name to open many doors. well armed. and so he picked up his nimble heels and flew. Now he turned in his tracks. A call came from a window: "Who's there!" ." "Please got in. till he reached the Welshman's. and let's see what's the trouble." "By George. anxious silence. were up the hill. but it was a sleep that was set on a hair-trigger. The inmates were asleep. first thing you know. I judge! But let him in. with the same elaboration and the same risks. sure--but the widow's been good to me sometimes. He banged at the door. who are you?" "Huckleberry Finn--quick. He hid behind a great bowlder and fell to listening. friends promise don't ever tell I told you. he HAS got something to tell. lads. and presently the heads of the old man and his two stalwart sons were thrust from windows. between the walls of sumach bushes--turned himself as carefully as if he were a ship--and then stepped quickly but cautiously along. in a precarious way and almost toppling over. on account of the exciting episode of the night. let me in!" "Huckleberry Finn. planted his foot carefully and firmly." "Why. one-legged. their weapons in their hands. and just entering the sumach path on tiptoe. then another and another. Huck accompanied them no further. and--a twig snapped under his foot! His breath stopped and he listened. first on one side and then on the other. CHAPTER XXX AS the earliest suspicion of dawn appeared on Sunday morning." Huck felt that a silence was going to ensue--a thing still more awful than any amount of murderous talk. and then all of a sudden there was an explosion of firearms and a cry. When he emerged at the quarry he felt secure. There was no sound--the stillness was perfect. No--we'll wait till the lights are out--there's no hurry. or he wouldn't act so!" exclaimed the old man. and I want to tell--I WILL tell if you'll you won't ever say it was me. He took another step back." Three minutes later the old man and his sons.

lad!--and welcome!" These were strange words to the vagabond boy's ears. I judge we never touched them. I hope you're good and hungry. please!" . As they were leaving the room Huck sprang up and exclaimed: "Oh." "I was awful scared. so we crept along on tiptoe till we got within fifteen feet of them--dark as a cellar that sumach path was--and just then I found I was going to sneeze. but no use --'twas bound to come. Huck was given a seat and the old man and his brace of tall sons speedily dressed themselves. and I come before daylight becuz I didn't want to run across them devils. you do look as if you'd had a hard night of it--but there's a bed here for you when you've had your breakfast. and I didn't stop for three mile. They fired a shot apiece as they started. I've come now becuz I wanted to know about it. I saw them down-town and follered them. "Now. and as soon as it is light the sheriff and a gang are going to beat up the woods. The door was quickly unlocked." "Splendid! Describe them--describe them. and tell the sheriff--get your breakfast to-morrow morning!" The Welshman's sons departed at once. and t'other's a mean-looking. Off with you. ragged--" "That's enough. As soon as we lost the sound of their feet we quit chasing. please don't tell ANYbody it was me that blowed on them! Oh. my boy. It was the meanest kind of luck! I tried to keep it back. you know. boys. and went off to guard the river bank. and we after them. poor chap. and went down and stirred up the constables. They got a posse together. they ain't dead. "and I run. even if they was dead. and the pleasantest he had ever heard. He could not recollect that the closing word had ever been applied in his case before. I suppose?" "Oh yes. but their bullets whizzed by and didn't do us any harm. I wish we had some sort of description of those rascals--'twould help a good deal. and we'll have a piping hot one. I sung out.Huck's scared voice answered in a low tone: "Please let me in! It's only Huck Finn!" "It's a name that can open this door night or day. those villains. because breakfast will be ready as soon as the sun's up. my boy!" "One's the old deaf and dumb Spaniard that's ben around here once or twice. by your description. But you couldn't see what they were like. But they were off in a jiffy. in the dark. 'Fire boys!' and blazed away at the place where the rustling was. My boys will be with them presently. we know the men! Happened on them in the woods back of the widow's one day. You see we knew right where to put our hands on them. and they slunk away. lad. down through the woods. lad--we are sorry enough for that. So did the boys." "Well. too --make yourself easy about that! I and the boys hoped you'd turn up and stop here last night. and he entered. and when the sneeze started those scoundrels a-rustling to get out of the path. I took out when the pistols went off." said Huck. and it did come! I was in the lead with my pistol raised. No. lad.

I don't know--but somehow it seems as if I did. with something under their arm. and t'other one was a rusty. just then along comes these two chaps slipping along close by me. But why don't you want it known?" Huck would not explain. a-turning it all over. Then he said: "Well. by his white whiskers and the patch on his eye. but the old man's eye was upon him and he made blunder after blunder." "Could you see the rags by the light of the cigars?" This staggered Huck for a moment. further than to say that he already knew too much about one of those men and would not have the man know that he knew anything against him for the whole world--he would be killed for knowing it. lad? Were they looking suspicious?" Huck was silent while he framed a duly cautious reply. and when I got to that old shackly brick store by the Temperance Tavern. on account of thinking about it and sort of trying to strike out a new way of doing. and t'other one wanted a light. The old man promised secrecy once more. the old Welshman said: "They won't tell--and I won't. and yet his tongue seemed determined to get him into trouble in spite of all he could do. One was a-smoking. Then he said: "Well. and stood in the dark and heard the ragged one beg for the widder. ragged-looking devil. and I reckoned they'd stole it." "Then they went on. and the Spaniard swear he'd spile her looks just as I told you and your two--" "What! The DEAF AND DUMB man said all that!" Huck had made another terrible mistake! He was trying his best to keep the old man from getting the faintest hint of who the Spaniard might be. Presently the Welshman said: "My boy. so they stopped right before me and the cigars lit up their faces and I see that the big one was the deaf and dumb Spaniard. I dogged 'em to the widder's stile.--least everybody says so. you see." "Oh no. Huck. I couldn't sleep. Well. That was the way of it last night. and so I come along up-street 'bout midnight. That was it. don't be afraid of me. He made several efforts to creep out of his scrape. and I don't see nothing agin it--and sometimes I can't sleep much. I wanted to see what was up--they sneaked along so. sure. and said: "How did you come to follow these fellows. I backed up agin the wall to have another think. no! Please don't tell!" When the young men were gone. and you--" "Follered 'em--yes. I wouldn't hurt a hair of your head ."All right if you say it. I'm a kind of a hard lot. but you ought to have the credit of what you did.

for all the world. No--I'd protect you--I'd protect you. This Spaniard is not deaf and dumb; you've let that slip without intending it; you can't cover that up now. You know something about that Spaniard that you want to keep dark. Now trust me--tell me what it is, and trust me --I won't betray you." Huck looked into the old man's honest eyes a moment, then bent over and whispered in his ear: "'Tain't a Spaniard--it's Injun Joe!" The Welshman almost jumped out of his chair. In a moment he said: "It's all plain enough, now. When you talked about notching ears and slitting noses I judged that that was your own embellishment, because white men don't take that sort of revenge. But an Injun! That's a different matter altogether." During breakfast the talk went on, and in the course of it the old man said that the last thing which he and his sons had done, before going to bed, was to get a lantern and examine the stile and its vicinity for marks of blood. They found none, but captured a bulky bundle of-"Of WHAT?" If the words had been lightning they could not have leaped with a more stunning suddenness from Huck's blanched lips. His eyes were staring wide, now, and his breath suspended--waiting for the answer. The Welshman started--stared in return--three seconds--five seconds--ten --then replied: "Of burglar's tools. Why, what's the MATTER with you?" Huck sank back, panting gently, but deeply, unutterably grateful. The Welshman eyed him gravely, curiously--and presently said: "Yes, burglar's tools. That appears to relieve you a good deal. But what did give you that turn? What were YOU expecting we'd found?" Huck was in a close place--the inquiring eye was upon him--he would have given anything for material for a plausible answer--nothing suggested itself--the inquiring eye was boring deeper and deeper--a senseless reply offered--there was no time to weigh it, so at a venture he uttered it--feebly: "Sunday-school books, maybe." Poor Huck was too distressed to smile, but the old man laughed loud and joyously, shook up the details of his anatomy from head to foot, and ended by saying that such a laugh was money in a-man's pocket, because it cut down the doctor's bill like everything. Then he added: "Poor old chap, you're white and jaded--you ain't well a bit--no wonder you're a little flighty and off your balance. But you'll come out of it. Rest and sleep will fetch you out all right, I hope." Huck was irritated to think he had been such a goose and betrayed such a suspicious excitement, for he had dropped the idea that the parcel brought from the tavern was the treasure, as soon as he had heard the

talk at the widow's stile. He had only thought it was not the treasure, however--he had not known that it wasn't--and so the suggestion of a captured bundle was too much for his self-possession. But on the whole he felt glad the little episode had happened, for now he knew beyond all question that that bundle was not THE bundle, and so his mind was at rest and exceedingly comfortable. In fact, everything seemed to be drifting just in the right direction, now; the treasure must be still in No. 2, the men would be captured and jailed that day, and he and Tom could seize the gold that night without any trouble or any fear of interruption. Just as breakfast was completed there was a knock at the door. Huck jumped for a hiding-place, for he had no mind to be connected even remotely with the late event. The Welshman admitted several ladies and gentlemen, among them the Widow Douglas, and noticed that groups of citizens were climbing up the hill--to stare at the stile. So the news had spread. The Welshman had to tell the story of the night to the visitors. The widow's gratitude for her preservation was outspoken. "Don't say a word about it, madam. There's another that you're more beholden to than you are to me and my boys, maybe, but he don't allow me to tell his name. We wouldn't have been there but for him." Of course this excited a curiosity so vast that it almost belittled the main matter--but the Welshman allowed it to eat into the vitals of his visitors, and through them be transmitted to the whole town, for he refused to part with his secret. When all else had been learned, the widow said: "I went to sleep reading in bed and slept straight through all that noise. Why didn't you come and wake me?" "We judged it warn't worth while. Those fellows warn't likely to come again--they hadn't any tools left to work with, and what was the use of waking you up and scaring you to death? My three negro men stood guard at your house all the rest of the night. They've just come back." More visitors came, and the story had to be told and retold for a couple of hours more. There was no Sabbath-school during day-school vacation, but everybody was early at church. The stirring event was well canvassed. News came that not a sign of the two villains had been yet discovered. When the sermon was finished, Judge Thatcher's wife dropped alongside of Mrs. Harper as she moved down the aisle with the crowd and said: "Is my Becky going to sleep all day? I just expected she would be tired to death." "Your Becky?" "Yes," with a startled look--"didn't she stay with you last night?" "Why, no." Mrs. Thatcher turned pale, and sank into a pew, just as Aunt Polly, talking briskly with a friend, passed by. Aunt Polly said: "Good-morning, Mrs. Thatcher. Good-morning, Mrs. Harper. I've got a

boy that's turned up missing. I reckon my Tom stayed at your house last night--one of you. And now he's afraid to come to church. I've got to settle with him." Mrs. Thatcher shook her head feebly and turned paler than ever. "He didn't stay with us," said Mrs. Harper, beginning to look uneasy. A marked anxiety came into Aunt Polly's face. "Joe Harper, have you seen my Tom this morning?" "No'm." "When did you see him last?" Joe tried to remember, but was not sure he could say. The people had stopped moving out of church. Whispers passed along, and a boding uneasiness took possession of every countenance. Children were anxiously questioned, and young teachers. They all said they had not noticed whether Tom and Becky were on board the ferryboat on the homeward trip; it was dark; no one thought of inquiring if any one was missing. One young man finally blurted out his fear that they were still in the cave! Mrs. Thatcher swooned away. Aunt Polly fell to crying and wringing her hands. The alarm swept from lip to lip, from group to group, from street to street, and within five minutes the bells were wildly clanging and the whole town was up! The Cardiff Hill episode sank into instant insignificance, the burglars were forgotten, horses were saddled, skiffs were manned, the ferryboat ordered out, and before the horror was half an hour old, two hundred men were pouring down highroad and river toward the cave. All the long afternoon the village seemed empty and dead. Many women visited Aunt Polly and Mrs. Thatcher and tried to comfort them. They cried with them, too, and that was still better than words. All the tedious night the town waited for news; but when the morning dawned at last, all the word that came was, "Send more candles--and send food." Mrs. Thatcher was almost crazed; and Aunt Polly, also. Judge Thatcher sent messages of hope and encouragement from the cave, but they conveyed no real cheer. The old Welshman came home toward daylight, spattered with candle-grease, smeared with clay, and almost worn out. He found Huck still in the bed that had been provided for him, and delirious with fever. The physicians were all at the cave, so the Widow Douglas came and took charge of the patient. She said she would do her best by him, because, whether he was good, bad, or indifferent, he was the Lord's, and nothing that was the Lord's was a thing to be neglected. The Welshman said Huck had good spots in him, and the widow said: "You can depend on it. That's the Lord's mark. He don't leave it off. He never does. Puts it somewhere on every creature that comes from his hands." Early in the forenoon parties of jaded men began to straggle into the village, but the strongest of the citizens continued searching. All the news that could be gained was that remotenesses of the cavern were being ransacked that had never been visited before; that every corner

and crevice was going to be thoroughly searched. there ain't many left. and the village sank into a hopeless stupor. wild-eyed: "What? What was it?" "Liquor!--and the place has been shut up. because this one parted latest from the living body before the awful death came. you must NOT talk." CHAPTER XXXI NOW to return to Tom and Becky's share in the picnic. and near at hand a grease-soiled bit of ribbon. now. She said it was the last relic she should ever have of her child. just made." said the widow. and then a glorious shout would burst forth and a score of men go trooping down the echoing aisle--and then a sickening disappointment always followed. Huck feebly led up to the subject of taverns. that the proprietor of the Temperance Tavern kept liquor on his premises. In one place. the names "BECKY & TOM" had been found traced upon the rocky wall with candle-smoke. that's got hope enough. Thatcher recognized the ribbon and cried over it. hush. and finally asked--dimly dreading the worst--if anything had been discovered at the Temperance Tavern since he had been ill. tremendous as the fact was. scarcely fluttered the public pulse. In a lucid interval. They tripped along the murky aisles with the rest of the company. and under the weariness they gave him he fell asleep. "Yes. or strength enough. either. These thoughts worked their dim way through Huck's mind. Huck started up in bed. child. the children were not there. No one had heart for anything. Lie down. there would have been a great powwow if it had been the gold. You are very. and that no other memorial of her could ever be so precious. lights were to be seen flitting hither and thither in the distance. poor wreck. and shoutings and pistol-shots sent their hollow reverberations to the ear down the sombre aisles. Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along. hush! I've told you before. very sick!" Then nothing but liquor had been found. Tom Sawyer find it! Pity but somebody could find Tom Sawyer! Ah. "Hush. a far-away speck of light would glimmer. visiting the familiar wonders of the cave--wonders dubbed with rather . So the treasure was gone forever--gone forever! But what could she be crying about? Curious that she should cry. The accidental discovery. in the cave. that wherever one wandered through the maze of passages. it was only a searcher's light. Mrs. child--what a turn you did give me!" "Only tell me just one thing--only just one--please! Was it Tom Sawyer that found it?" The widow burst into tears. The widow said to herself: "There--he's asleep. Some said that now and then. far from the section usually traversed by tourists. to go on searching.

or east. the result of the ceaseless water-drip of centuries. and at once the ambition to be a discoverer seized him. The bats chased the children a good distance. "I wonder how long we've been down here. Tom squeezed his small body behind it in order to illuminate it for Becky's gratification." and so on. Tom knew their ways and the danger of this sort of conduct. from whose ceiling depended a multitude of shining stalactites of the length and circumference of a man's leg. This shortly brought them to a bewitching spring. trickling over a ledge and carrying a limestone sediment with it. wondering and admiring." Becky grew apprehensive. Becky. shortly. first. and presently left it by one of the numerous passages that opened into it. for the first time. Presently the hide-and-seek frolicking began." . Tom? It's all a mixed-up crookedness to me. Now. Tom found a subterranean lake. post-office addresses. P'raps we better. and branched off in search of novelties to tell the upper world about. He found that it curtained a sort of steep natural stairway which was enclosed between narrow walls. but it seems ever so long since I heard any of the others. Still drifting along and talking. dates. they walked all about it. Under the roof vast knots of bats had packed themselves together. such as "The Drawing-Room. and mottoes with which the rocky walls had been frescoed (in candle-smoke). whose basin was incrusted with a frostwork of glittering crystals. He seized Becky's hand and hurried her into the first corridor that offered. We couldn't hear them here. Presently they came to a place where a little stream of water. or south. then they wandered down a sinuous avenue holding their candles aloft and reading the tangled web-work of names. thousands in a bunch. Becky responded to his call. I didn't notice. and Tom and Becky engaged in it with zeal until the exertion began to grow a trifle wearisome. for a bat struck Becky's light out with its wing while she was passing out of the cavern. but concluded that it would be best to sit down and rest awhile. and at last got rid of the perilous things." "Can you find the way. They wound this way and that. He wanted to explore its borders. but the fugitives plunged into every new passage that offered. they scarcely noticed that they were now in a part of the cave whose walls were not frescoed. They smoked their own names under an overhanging shelf and moved on. had. we are away down below them--and I don't know how far away north. which stretched its dim length away until its shape was lost in the shadows. Tom? We better start back." "Come to think. the deep stillness of the place laid a clammy hand upon the spirits of the children." "Aladdin's Palace. and they made a smoke-mark for future guidance. in the slow-dragging ages. In one place they found a spacious cavern. the lights disturbed the creatures and they came flocking down by hundreds. formed a laced and ruffled Niagara in gleaming and imperishable stone. squeaking and darting furiously at the candles." "The Cathedral. and started upon their quest. made another mark. or whichever it is. it was in the midst of a cavern whose walls were supported by many fantastic pillars which had been formed by the joining of great stalactites and stalagmites together. Becky said: "Why. I reckon we better.over-descriptive names. far down into the secret depths of the cave. and none too soon." "Yes.

But I hope we won't get lost."I reckon I could find it--but then the bats. she buried her face in his bosom." "Well. never mind the bats. or lose her reason. it's all right. Becky would watch his face for an encouraging sign. At last she said: "Oh. "Oh. but there was no result. but they were all strange. The "might" was even a chillier horror than the ghostly laughter. and traversed it in silence a long way. why DID we ever leave the others!" She sank to the ground and burst into such a frenzy of crying that Tom was appalled with the idea that she might die. Tom. Profound silence. Tom. and tried hard to keep back the tears. Tom. Becky. It was but a little while before a certain indecision in his manner revealed another fearful fact to Becky--he could not find his way back! "Oh. but we'll come to it right away!" But he felt less and less hopeful with each failure. He sat down by her and put his arms around her. If they put our candles out it will be an awful fix. Let's try some other way. you didn't make any marks!" "Becky. you know." but there was such a leaden dread at his heart that the words had lost their ring and sounded just as if he had said. Tom. The call went echoing down the empty aisles and died out in the distance in a faint sound that resembled a ripple of mocking laughter. we're lost! we're lost! We never can get out of this awful place! Oh. I was such a fool! Such a fool! I never thought we might want to come back! No--I can't find the way. and he would say cheerily: "Oh. it so confessed a perishing hope. and hurried his steps. He still said it was "all right. "All is lost!" Becky clung to his side in an anguish of fear. Every time Tom made an examination. Tom turned upon the back track at once. and presently began to turn off into diverging avenues at sheer random. she clung to him." and he shouted again. glancing at each new opening. she poured out her terrors. This ain't the one. It's all mixed up. "It is horrid. to see if there was anything familiar about the look of it." "Tom. but they would come. They started through a corridor. Tom shouted. it is too horrid. in desperate hope of finding the one that was wanted. her unavailing . but I better. It would be so awful!" and the girl shuddered at the thought of the dreadful possibilities. so as not to go through there. let's go back that way! We seem to get worse and worse off all the time. silence so deep that even their breathings were conspicuous in the hush. don't do it again. they might hear us." "Listen!" said he." said Becky. The children stood still and listened.

in some direction. I don't. and a groan followed it. hand in hand and hopeless. and the comfortable beds and. This economy meant so much! Words were not needed." "Maybe not. the children tried to pay attention. and we'll find the way out. The peaceful face reflected somewhat of peace and healing into his own spirit. Fatigue bore so heavily upon Becky that she drowsed off to sleep. He fell to blaming and abusing himself for getting her into this miserable situation. fatigue began to assert its claims. They tried to estimate how long they had been in the cave. Becky. Tom. Becky understood. Tom! Don't look so! I won't say it again. and the friends there. and her hope died again. He sat looking into her drawn face and saw it grow smooth and natural under the influence of pleasant dreams. Tom rested with her. and yet it was plain that this could not be. she said. you'll feel rested. By-and-by Tom took Becky's candle and blew it out. Becky. never had waked! No! No. While he was deep in his musings. and Tom . above all. and she said she could not. By-and-by. Becky woke up with a breezy little laugh--but it was stricken dead upon her lips. They found one presently. and by-and-by a smile dawned and rested there. A long time after this--they could not tell how long--Tom said they must go softly and listen for dripping water--they must find a spring." They rose up and wandered along. maybe not. hope made a show of reviving--not with any reason to back it. and sounded like sarcasms. Both were cruelly tired. "Oh. for it was dreadful to think of sitting down when time was grown to be so precious. was at least progress and might bear fruit. They sat down. She could not understand it.regrets." "I'm glad you've slept. and let's go on trying. Tom was grateful. Tom begged her to pluck up hope again. For he was no more to blame than she. this had a better effect. now. and Tom said it was time to rest again. how COULD I sleep! I wish I never. and they talked of home. For a little while. for their candles were not gone yet. So they moved on again--aimlessly--simply at random--all they could do was to move. she would get up and follow wherever he might lead if only he would not talk like that any more. She said she would try to hope again. but all his encouragements were grown threadbare with use. in any direction. but all they knew was that it seemed days and weeks. but to sit down was to invite death and shorten its pursuit. Cheer up. She was surprised to hear Tom dissent. but I've seen such a beautiful country in my dream. I reckon we are going there. yet Becky said she thought she could go a little farther. keep moving. She knew that Tom had a whole candle and three or four pieces in his pockets--yet he must economize. She sat down. but only because it is its nature to revive when the spring has not been taken out of it by age and familiarity with failure. and the far echoes turned them all to jeering laughter. and his thoughts wandered away to bygone times and dreamy memories. At last Becky's frail limbs refused to carry her farther. and Tom tried to think of some way of comforting her. moving. the light! Becky cried." "We can try.

can you bear it if I tell you something?" Becky's face paled." "I saved it from the picnic for us to dream on. but with little effect. it might be dark then--would they notice we hadn't come?" "I don't know. then. Tom. Tom. Tom divided the cake and Becky ate with good appetite.fastened his candle to the wall in front of them with some clay. Becky. Tom did what he could to comfort her. where there's water to drink. At length Becky said: "Tom!" "Well. for it's all we've got. "It's our wedding-cake. the way grown-up people do with wedding-cake--but it'll be our--" She dropped the sentence where it was. I reckon maybe they are. they will! Certainly they will!" "Maybe they're hunting for us now. I am so hungry!" Tom took something out of his pocket. "Do you remember this?" said he." "When would they miss us. By-and-by Becky suggested that they move on again. Then he said: "Becky. Tom. But anyway. Tom?" "When they get back to the boat. nothing was said for some time. In a moment a new burst of . That little piece is our last candle!" Becky gave loose to tears and wailings. Becky almost smiled. There was abundance of cold water to finish the feast with. I reckon. Becky was not to have gone home that night! The children became silent and thoughtful." A frightened look in Becky's face brought Tom to his senses and he saw that he had made a blunder. I hope they are. but she thought she could. Thought was soon busy. your mother would miss you as soon as they got home. "Well. while Tom nibbled at his moiety. Becky?" "They'll miss us and hunt for us!" "Yes. we must stay here." "Yes--I wish it was as big as a barrel." "Why. Then Becky broke the silence: "Tom." "Tom. Tom was silent a moment.

but in the darkness the distant echoes sounded so hideously that he tried it no more. Tom in the lead. evidently the distant shoutings were growing more distant! a moment or two more and they had gone altogether. "It's them!" said Tom. By-and-by Tom said: "SH! Did you hear that?" Both held their breath and listened. All that they knew was. and no doubt the search was going on. The poor morsel of food only whetted desire. far-off shout. Their speed was slow. They must stay there and wait until the searchers came. and apparently a little nearer. Tom believed it must be Tuesday by this time. He tried to get Becky to talk. unwinding the . The hours wasted away. but it was of no use. started groping down the corridor in its direction. tied it to a projection. because pitfalls were somewhat common. Presently he listened again. but her sorrows were too oppressive. both awoke out of a dead stupor of sleep and resumed their miseries once more. they slept again. He tried it. however. It would be better to explore some of these than bear the weight of the heavy time in idleness. "they're coming! Come along. No bottom. they divided and ate it. Now an idea struck him. and awoke famished and woe-stricken. The children groped their way back to the spring. But they seemed hungrier than before. and had to be guarded against. now--maybe Monday. Instantly Tom answered it. and then--the horror of utter darkness reigned! How long afterward it was that Becky came to a slow consciousness that she was crying in Tom's arms. The heart-sinking misery of it! Tom whooped until he was hoarse. linger at its top a moment. A portion of Tom's half of the cake was left. all her hopes were gone. saw the feeble flame rise and fall. They listened. Harper's. and leading Becky by the hand. Tom said that they must have been missed long ago.grief from Becky showed Tom that the thing in his mind had struck hers also--that the Sabbath morning might be half spent before Mrs. again the sound was heard. Becky--we're all right now!" The joy of the prisoners was almost overwhelming. Thatcher discovered that Becky was not at Mrs. that after what seemed a mighty stretch of time. saw the half inch of wick stand alone at last. There were some side passages near at hand. The children fastened their eyes upon their bit of candle and watched it melt slowly and pitilessly away. They shortly came to one and had to stop. He would shout and maybe some one would come. and he and Becky started. climb the thin column of smoke. but an age of anxious waiting passed and no sounds came again. Tom got down on his breast and reached as far down as he could. neither could tell. and hunger came to torment the captives again. It might be three feet deep. The weary time dragged on. There was a sound like the faintest. Tom said it might be Sunday. He took a kite-line from his pocket. it might be a hundred--there was no passing it at any rate. He talked hopefully to Becky.

and instantly that hand was followed by the body it belonged to--Injun Joe's! Tom was paralyzed. where she was. and then as far around the corner as he could reach with his hands conveniently. saying that it was plain the children could never be found. he reasoned. But Becky was very weak. appeared from behind a rock! Tom lifted up a glorious shout. and waned to the twilight. Petersburg still mourned. Mrs. a human hand. People said it was heartbreaking to hear her call her child. sad and forlorn. but still no good news came from the cave. holding a candle. The village of St. He told her he had only shouted "for luck. She said she would wait. now. then lay it wearily down again with a moan. that was it. and that the search had been given over. She had sunk into a dreary apathy and would not be roused. He was vastly gratified the next moment. Away in the middle of the night a wild peal burst from the village bells. He felt willing to risk Injun Joe and all other terrors. and nothing should tempt him to run the risk of meeting Injun Joe again. Public prayers had been offered up for them. Another tedious wait at the spring and another long sleep brought changes. with a choking sensation in his throat. He was careful to keep from Becky what it was he had seen. and in a moment the streets were swarming with frantic half-clad people. The children awoke tortured with a raging hunger.line as he groped along. He proposed to explore another passage. and a great part of the time delirious. At the end of twenty steps the corridor ended in a "jumping-off place. and she made him promise that when the awful time came. Without doubt. met the children coming in an open . Tom believed that it must be Wednesday or Thursday or even Friday or Saturday. CHAPTER XXXII TUESDAY afternoon came. She told Tom to go with the kite-line and explore if he chose. but she implored him to come back every little while and speak to her. not twenty yards away. He said to himself that if he had strength enough to get back to the spring he would stay there. who shouted. then he took the kite-line in his hand and went groping down one of the passages on his hands and knees. distressed with hunger and sick with bodings of coming doom. Thatcher was very ill. he would stay by her and hold her hand until all was over. and many and many a private prayer that had the petitioner's whole heart in it. Tom's fright weakened every muscle in his body. Tom kissed her. the population massed itself and moved toward the river. Tom wondered that Joe had not recognized his voice and come over and killed him for testifying in court. But the echoes must have disguised the voice. and her gray hair had grown almost white. and at that moment. Aunt Polly had drooped into a settled melancholy. now. The majority of the searchers had given up the quest and gone back to their daily avocations. and made a show of being confident of finding the searchers or an escape from the cave. and raise her head and listen a whole minute at a time. "Turn out! turn out! they're found! they're found!" Tin pans and horns were added to the din. The lost children had not been found. he could not move. he made an effort to stretch yet a little farther to the right. The village went to its rest on Tuesday night. to see the "Spaniard" take to his heels and get himself out of sight." Tom got down on his knees and felt below. and die--it would not be long." But hunger and wretchedness rise superior to fears in the long run.

"you are five miles down the river below the valley the cave is in" --then took them aboard. dropped the line and groped toward it. and seemed to grow more and more tired and worn. perhaps. all the time. At home Tom learned of the Cardiff Hill event. and swept magnificently up the main street roaring huzzah after huzzah! The village was illuminated. how he followed two avenues as far as his kite-line would reach. joined its homeward march. pushed his head and shoulders through a small hole. but could not be admitted to the bedroom. to hear exciting . and wanted to. gave them supper. rowed to a house. Tom learned of Huck's sickness and went to see him on Friday. was down-town Friday. however. seized the saved ones and kissed them." said they. how the men didn't believe the wild tale at first. and saw the broad Mississippi rolling by! And if it had only happened to be night he would not have seen that speck of daylight and would not have explored that passage any more! He told how he went back for Becky and broke the good news and she told him not to fret her with such stuff. tried to speak but couldn't--and drifted out raining tears all over the place. how he followed a third to the fullest stretch of the kite-line. They were bedridden all of Wednesday and Thursday. a little. how he pushed his way out at the hole and then helped her out. "because. and then she looked as if she had passed through a wasting illness. and knew she was going to die. Thatcher's nearly so. and informed of the great news. but was warned to keep still about his adventure and introduce no exciting topic. squeezed Mrs. who had grown plenty strong enough. Tom got about. he started off to visit Huck. He was admitted daily after that. made them rest till two or three hours after dark and then brought them home. During the first half-hour a procession of villagers filed through Judge Thatcher's house. Aunt Polly's happiness was complete. About a fortnight after Tom's rescue from the cave. It would be complete. neither could he on Saturday or Sunday. Tom lay upon a sofa with an eager auditory about him and told the history of the wonderful adventure. how some men came along in a skiff and Tom hailed them and told them their situation and their famished condition. The Widow Douglas stayed by to see that he obeyed. also that the "ragged man's" body had eventually been found in the river near the ferry-landing. Three days and nights of toil and hunger in the cave were not to be shaken off at once. on Thursday. and nearly as whole as ever Saturday. thronged around it. but Becky did not leave her room until Sunday. Thatcher's hand. and closed with a description of how he left Becky and went on an exploring expedition. and was about to turn back when he glimpsed a far-off speck that looked like daylight. how they sat there and cried for gladness. as soon as the messenger dispatched with the great news to the cave should get the word to her husband. Judge Thatcher and the handful of searchers with him were tracked out.carriage drawn by shouting citizens. it was the greatest night the little town had ever seen. as Tom and Becky soon discovered. Before day-dawn. and Mrs. He described how he labored with her and convinced her. he had been drowned while trying to escape. for she was tired. nobody went to bed again. by the twine clews they had strung behind them. and how she almost died for joy when she had groped to where she actually saw the blue speck of daylight. in the cave. now. putting in many striking additions to adorn it withal.

with his face close to the crack of the door. When the cave door was unlocked. Tom. run. What was the matter with you. well filled with passengers. and the ferryboat. left there by tourists. also. which revealed to him in a degree which he had not fully appreciated before how vast a weight of dread had been lying upon him since the day he lifted his voice against this bloody-minded outcast. too." Tom turned as white as a sheet. and these. but there were none now. But we have taken care of that. leaving only their . So he had only hacked that place in order to be doing something--in order to pass the weary time--in order to employ his tortured faculties. The great foundation-beam of the door had been chipped and hacked through. now you're all right. I've not the least doubt. His pity was moved. and Tom had some that would interest him. Injun Joe's in the cave!" CHAPTER XXXIII WITHIN a few minutes the news had spread. for the native rock formed a sill outside it. there are others just like you. to the latest moment. the only damage done was to the knife itself. and he knew it. its blade broken in two. and triple-locked--and I've got the keys. and a dozen skiff-loads of men were on their way to McDougal's cave. now. and some one asked him ironically if he wouldn't like to go to the cave again. a sorrowful sight presented itself in the dim twilight of the place. but nevertheless he felt an abounding sense of relief and security. "What's the useless labor. as if his longing eyes had been fixed. He had also contrived to catch a few bats. and upon that stubborn material the knife had wrought no effect. Tom said he thought he wouldn't mind it. The Judge said: "Well. and he stopped to see Becky. with tedious labor. Tom?" "Oh." "Why?" "Because I had its big door sheathed with boiler iron two weeks ago. he thought. boy! Here. Tom was touched. for he knew by his own experience how this wretch had suffered. it was. Injun Joe lay stretched upon the ground. soon followed. But if there had been no stony obstruction there the labor would have been useless still. he had eaten. Judge Thatcher's house was on Tom's way. Judge. The prisoner had searched them out and eaten them. The Judge and some friends set Tom to talking. "Ah. Injun Joe's bowie-knife lay close by. for if the beam had been wholly cut away Injun Joe could not have squeezed his body under the door. somebody! Fetch a glass of water!" The water was brought and thrown into Tom's face. Ordinarily one could find half a dozen bits of candle stuck around in the crevices of this vestibule. upon the light and the cheer of the free world outside. Tom Sawyer was in the skiff that bore Judge Thatcher. Nobody will get lost in that cave any more. dead.

when Columbus sailed. In one place. Injun Joe was believed to have killed five citizens of the village. It is many and many a year since the hapless half-breed scooped out the stone to catch the priceless drops. This funeral stopped the further growth of one thing--the petition to the governor for Injun Joe's pardon. and all sorts of provisions. and implore him to be a merciful ass and trample his duty under foot. Don't you remember you was to watch there that night?" "Oh yes! Why. when Troy fell. The captive had broken off the stalagmite. I never told on that tavern-keeper. and drip a tear on it from their permanently impaired and leaky water-works.claws. The morning after the funeral Tom took Huck to a private place to have an important talk. but to this day the tourist stares longest at that pathetic stone and that slow-dropping water when he comes to see the wonders of McDougal's cave. The petition had been largely signed. but I just knowed it must 'a' ben you. when the foundations of Rome were laid when Christ was crucified. many tearful and eloquent meetings had been held. and the twilight of tradition. 2 and never found anything but whiskey. builded by the water-drip from a stalactite overhead. but Tom said he reckoned there was one thing they had not told him. Tom. Huck had learned all about Tom's adventure from the Welshman and the Widow Douglas." It is falling now. Injun Joe's cup stands first in the list of the cavern's marvels." "Why. That drop was falling when the Pyramids were new. You got into No. by this time. it will still be falling when all these things shall have sunk down the afternoon of history. even "Aladdin's Palace" cannot rival it. Injun Joe was buried near the mouth of the cave. a stalagmite had been slowly growing up from the ground for ages. soon as I heard 'bout that whiskey business. when the Conqueror created the British empire. He said: "I know what it is. they brought their children. Nobody told me it was you. It was that very night that I . YOU know his tavern was all right the Saturday I went to the picnic. The poor unfortunate had starved to death. and I knowed you hadn't got the money becuz you'd 'a' got at me some way or other and told me even if you was mum to everybody else. it seems 'bout a year ago. Huck. something's always told me we'd never get holt of that swag. and a committee of sappy women been appointed to go in deep mourning and wail around the governor. that thing was what he wanted to talk about now. Huck's face saddened. and been swallowed up in the thick night of oblivion. and upon the stump had placed a stone. but what of that? If he had been Satan himself there would have been plenty of weaklings ready to scribble their names to a pardon-petition. Has everything a purpose and a mission? Did this drop fall patiently during five thousand years to be ready for this flitting human insect's need? and has it another important object to accomplish ten thousand years to come? No matter. near at hand. and people flocked there in boats and wagons from the towns and from all the farms and hamlets for seven miles around. wherein he had scooped a shallow hollow to catch the precious drop that fell once in every three minutes with the dreary regularity of a clock-tick--a dessertspoonful once in four and twenty hours. and confessed that they had had almost as satisfactory a time at the funeral as they could have had at the hanging. when the massacre at Lexington was "news.

"Well. all right." said Huck. and I'll pull it back again all by myself." "Good as wheat! What makes you think the money's--" "Huck." Then Huck told his entire adventure in confidence to Tom. "whoever nipped the whiskey in No. we can do that without the least little bit of trouble in the world. and I don't want 'em souring on me and doing me mean tricks. Huck." "It's about five mile into there the way anybody but me would go. have you got on the track of that money again?" "Huck. Tom." "The money's in the cave!" "Tom--honest injun. too. or earnest?" "Earnest." . When do you say?" "Right now. I reckon Injun Joe's left friends behind him. "Say it again. it's in the cave!" Huck's eyes blazed. now. Tom. three or four days. presently." "Huck. 2!" "What!" Huck searched his comrade's face keenly." "Less start right off. who had only heard of the Welshman's part of it before. If we don't find it I'll agree to give you my drum and every thing I've got in the world. now--is it fun. but I can't walk more'n a mile. if you say it. nipped the money. coming back to the main question.follered Injun Joe to the widder's. you just wait till we get in there. If it hadn't ben for me he'd be down in Texas now. "Tom. Huck. I will. Are you strong enough?" "Is it far in the cave? I ben on my pins a little." "YOU followed him?" "Yes--but you keep mum. by jings. I'll float the skiff down there. that money wasn't ever in No. Will you go in there with me and help get it out?" "I bet I will! I will if it's where we can blaze our way to it and not get lost. Huck--just as earnest as ever I was in my life. 2. but there's a mighty short cut that they don't anybody but me know about." "Huck. Tom--least I don't think I could. You needn't ever turn your hand over." "All right--it's a whiz. Tom. I'll take you right to it in a skiff. I reckon --anyways it's a goner for us.

That's the general way. and some of these new-fangled things they call lucifer matches. They toiled their way to the farther end of the tunnel. Tom Sawyer's Gang--it sounds splendid. the women get to loving you. it just does. I tell you. You just keep mum about it. Tom in the lead. and got under way at once. I believe it's better'n to be a pirate. now." Huck searched all the place about." By this time everything was ready and the boys entered the hole. it's real bully. no wood-yards. many's the time I wished I had some when I was in there before. and we'll keep it quiet. most anybody. off'n their friends. See if you can find it. if it ain't raised then you kill them. but you don't kill them. Huck. and two or three kite-strings. where we're a-standing you could touch that hole I got out of with a fishing-pole. We want some bread and meat. And who'll we rob?" "Oh. You take their watches and things. Tom. only we'll let Joe Harper and Ben Rogers in--because of course there's got to be a Gang. and a little bag or two." "Why. It's so in all the books. and awfully scared. Huck?" "Well." A trifle after noon the boys borrowed a small skiff from a citizen who was absent. and after they've been in the cave a week or two weeks they stop crying and after that you couldn't get them to leave. When they were several miles below "Cave Hollow. and after you've kept them a year. Huck. that's one of my marks. They ain't anybody as polite as robbers --you'll see that in any book. All along I've been wanting to be a robber. bushes all alike. Only you don't kill the women. because it's close to home and circuses and all that. If you drove them out they'd turn right around and come back. We'll get ashore." "And kill them?" "No. it's better in some ways. but you always take your hat off and talk polite. But do you see that white place up yonder where there's been a landslide? Well. We've got it now. "Now. ." "Yes. or else there wouldn't be any style about it. not always. Tom proudly marched into a thick clump of sumach bushes and said: "Here you are! Look at it. it's the snuggest hole in this country. You make them raise all they can." "What's a ransom?" "Money. Hive them in the cave till they raise a ransom. and found nothing. and our pipes. but I knew I'd got to have a thing like this."All right. They're always beautiful and rich. Tom. You shut up the women." Tom said: "Now you see this bluff here looks all alike all the way down from the cave hollow--no houses." They landed. don't it. Well. Waylay people--that's mostly the way. and where to run across it was the bother.

cutting rude steps in the clay hill as he descended. Tom said: . Huck!" Huck stared at the mystic sign awhile. Four avenues opened out of the small cavern which the great rock stood in. certain. The boys began to quiet down to whispers. They found a small recess in the one nearest the base of the rock. and Tom felt a shudder quiver all through him. it wouldn't. and so do you. The lads searched and researched this place. no it ain't. that cross is. less git out of here!" "What! and leave the treasure?" "Yes--leave it. for the stillness and gloom of the place oppressed their spirits. with a pallet of blankets spread down in it. some bacon rind. what fools we're making of ourselves! Injun Joe's ghost ain't a going to come around where there's a cross!" The point was well taken. Huck followed. Huck. Misgivings gathered in his mind. Tom. also an old suspender. Injun Joe's ghost is round about there." He held his candle aloft and said: "Look as far around the corner as you can." "Tom. but only a steep clay hill twenty or thirty feet high.' hey? Right yonder's where I saw Injun Joe poke up his candle." The candles revealed the fact that it was not really a precipice. I know the ways of ghosts. and described how he and Becky had watched the flame struggle and expire. Huck. Huck. Do you see that? There--on the big rock over yonder--done with candle-smoke. Tom whispered: "Now I'll show you something. and then said with a shaky voice: "Tom. It would hang round the money." Tom went first. It had its effect. it's a CROSS!" "NOW where's your Number Two? 'UNDER THE CROSS. But there was no money-box. and the well-gnawed bones of two or three fowls. A few steps brought them to the spring. I reckon we'll climb down there and have a hunt for that box. But that's so. now. But presently an idea occurred to him-"Lookyhere. It's luck for us." "No it ain't. "Tom. They went on. The boys examined three of them with no result. He showed Huck the fragment of candle-wick perched on a lump of clay against the wall. and presently entered and followed Tom's other corridor until they reached the "jumping-off place." "No. I didn't think of that. It would ha'nt the place where he died--away out at the mouth of the cave--five mile from here." Tom began to fear that Huck was right.then made their spliced kite-strings fast and moved on. but in vain.

Huck at his heels. Huck could suggest nothing. "Got it at last!" said Huck. by-and-by. "Hey. He followed its winding course. there's footprints and some candle-grease on the clay about one side of this rock. sure! Say--let's not fool around here. They had concealed a natural chasm which led under the rock. Now. Tom turned a short curve. I reckon I was right to think of fetching the little bags along. He proposed to explore. but not on the other sides." "That ain't no bad notion. but we're rich. along with an empty powder-keg. and then sat down discouraged. Let's snake it out. Tom!" "Huck. but could not carry it conveniently. but we HAVE got it. It can't be under the rock itself. Huck. lookyhere!" It was the treasure-box. He stooped and passed under. "Now less fetch the guns and things. It's just too good to believe. after an awkward fashion." They searched everywhere once more. We'll keep them there all the time. this comes nearest to being under the cross. and he had not dug four inches before he struck wood."He said UNDER the cross. I noticed that. "I thought so. Lemme see if I can lift the box. and we'll hold our orgies there. because that sets solid on the ground. ploughing among the tarnished coins with his hand." he said. Huck." It weighed about fifty pounds. Tom's "real Barlow" was out at once. They're just the tricks to have when we go to robbing." said Huck. I'm going to dig in the clay. occupying a snug little cavern. Tom!" said Huck with animation. first to the right. Well. By-and-by Tom said: "Lookyhere. "My. a couple of guns in leather cases. sure enough. and exclaimed: "My goodness. but said he could not see to the end of the rift. a leather belt. then to the left. and some other rubbish well soaked with the water-drip. that day at the ha'nted house. the narrow way descended gradually. Tom could lift it. too. I always reckoned we'd get it. "No. two or three pairs of old moccasins. It's an awful snug place for orgies." "What orgies?" . Huck!--you hear that?" Huck began to dig and scratch now. what's that for? I bet you the money IS under the rock. "THEY carried it like it was heavy. Some boards were soon uncovered and removed." The money was soon in the bags and the boys took it up to the cross rock. Tom got into this and held his candle as far under the rock as he could. Huck--leave them there.

anyway. into Mrs. the Welshman stepped out and said: "Hallo." "Good! Come along with me. Here--hurry up. Huck. Come along. I'm hungry. "Well. hurry along!" The boys wanted to know what the hurry was about. Jones. my boy. then. But that's human nature--hurry along. and of course we've got to have them. it's not as light as it might be. who's that?" "Huck and Tom Sawyer." They presently emerged into the clump of sumach bushes. trot ahead--I'll haul the wagon for you. . I don't know about that. you'll see. Huck. "Now." "All right. and landed shortly after dark." The Welshman laughed. Tom skimmed up the shore through the long twilight." said Tom. I don't know. we haven't been doing nothing. and presently returned with the wagon. the boys in this town will take more trouble and fool away more time hunting up six bits' worth of old iron to sell to the foundry than they would to make twice the money at regular work. As the sun dipped toward the horizon they pushed out and got under way. and were soon lunching and smoking in the skiff. Well. threw some old rags on top of them. you are keeping everybody waiting."I dono. they stopped to rest. What do you want to be afraid for?" This question was not entirely answered in Huck's slow mind before he found himself pushed. "I judged so. boys. "Never mind." said Tom. dragging his cargo behind him. put the two small sacks into it. Douglas' drawing-room. and then we'll hunt up a place out in the woods for it where it will be safe. But robbers always have orgies. Just you lay quiet here and watch the stuff till I run and hook Benny Taylor's little wagon. looked warily out. she's ben good friends to me. I reckon. when we get to the Widow Douglas'. Got bricks in it?--or old metal?" "Old metal." He disappeared. found the coast clear. "we'll hide the money in the loft of the widow's woodshed. We'll eat and smoke when we get to the skiff. too. too." Huck said with some apprehension--for he was long used to being falsely accused: "Mr. I won't be gone a minute. When the boys reached the Welshman's house. Huck. It's getting late. and I'll come up in the morning and we'll count it and divide. we've been in here a long time. and started off. Why. chatting cheerily with Huck. Just as they were about to move on. along with Tom. Ain't you and the widow good friends?" "Yes.

Sid. everything complete. anyway?" "It's one of the widow's parties that she's always having. and everybody that was of any consequence in the village was there. I don't mind it a bit. as a ." Then she left. so I gave him up. CHAPTER XXXIV HUCK said: "Tom. What's all this blow-out about. bother! It ain't anything. yet. They're Huck's--no. Tom. Jones left the wagon near the door and followed. boys. The place was grandly lighted. "auntie has been waiting for you all the afternoon. you jist 'tend to your own business. Siddy. but I stumbled on him and Huck right at my door. and a great many more. the Rogerses. I'll take care of you. "Tom. and everybody's been fretting about you." "Shucks! what do you want to slope for?" "Well. however. if you want to know. the editor. They were covered with clay and candle-grease. The window ain't high from the ground. And say--I can tell you something. We'll wait--come down when you are slicked up enough. we can slope. Huck--Mr. and so I just brought them along in a hurry. The widow received the boys as heartily as any one could well receive two such looking beings. Nobody suffered half as much as the two boys did. Jones said: "Tom wasn't at home. and frowned and shook her head at Tom. the Harpers. no thanks. socks. I can't stand it." She took them to a bedchamber and said: "Now wash and dress yourselves.Mr." Sid appeared. what?" "Why. if we can find a rope. Get into them. the minister. Here are two new suits of clothes --shirts. on your clothes?" "Now." "Well. Mr. The Thatchers were there." said the widow. Mary got your Sunday clothes ready. Mr. Jones bought one and I the other. but I overheard him tell auntie to-day about it. This time it's for the Welshman and his sons. "Come with me. Say--ain't this grease and clay. Mary. I ain't going down there. Aunt Polly. Jones is going to try to spring something on the people here to-night." said he. and all dressed in their best." "And you did just right. on account of that scrape they helped her out of the other night. old Mr." "Oh. Aunt Polly blushed crimson with humiliation. But they'll fit both of you. I ain't used to that kind of a crowd.

but he's got lots of it. SOMEBODY told--that's enough. I reckon Mr. but I bet you it will drop pretty flat. "Sid. but I reckon it's not much of a secret now. Mr. and a dozen children were propped up at little side-tables in the same room. "Now go and tell auntie if you dare--and to-morrow you'll catch it!" Some minutes later the widow's guests were at the supper-table. and that when she could spare the money she would start him in business in a modest way." Nothing but a heavy strain upon the good manners of the company kept back the due and proper complimentary laugh at this pleasant joke. He sprung his secret about Huck's share in the adventure in the finest dramatic manner he was master of. He said: "Huck don't need it." Sid chuckled in a very contented and satisfied way. Jones was going to make a grand time over his surprise. You just wait a minute." "Sid. who was tongue-tied. However. was it you that told?" "Oh. At the proper time Mr. as the widow says"--and Tom cuffed Sid's ears and helped him to the door with several kicks. . Jones made his little speech. If you had been in Huck's place you'd 'a' sneaked down the hill and never told anybody on the robbers. too. But the silence was a little awkward. Jones was bound Huck should be here--couldn't get along with his grand secret without Huck. never mind who it was. Tom broke it: "Huck's got money. you know!" "Secret about what. The widow said she meant to give Huck a home under her roof and have him educated. for all she tries to let on she don't. Huck's rich. Maybe you don't believe it.secret. and that's you. after the fashion of that country and that day. Oh. Tom's chance was come. but said that there was another person whose modesty-And so forth and so on. in which he thanked the widow for the honor she was doing himself and his sons. the widow made a pretty fair show of astonishment. Everybody knows --the widow." Tom ran out of doors. and you can't bear to see anybody praised for doing good ones. Sid?" "About Huck tracking the robbers to the widow's. you needn't smile--I reckon I can show you. You can't do any but mean things. but the surprise it occasioned was largely counterfeit and not as clamorous and effusive as it might have been under happier circumstances. The company looked at each other with a perplexed interest--and inquiringly at Huck. There--no thanks. and heaped so many compliments and so much gratitude upon Huck that he almost forgot the nearly intolerable discomfort of his new clothes in the entirely intolerable discomfort of being set up as a target for everybody's gaze and everybody's laudations. there's only one person in this town mean enough to do that.

and Aunt Polly did not finish her sentence. A dollar and a quarter a week would board. stared at. plank by plank. The sum amounted to a little over twelve thousand dollars. and school a boy in those old simple days--and clothe him and wash him. This one makes it sing mighty small. Every "haunted" house in St. and grace for the mighty lie which Tom had told in order He said that no of the cave. When he had finished. but men--pretty grave. all in actual cash. though several persons were there who were worth considerably more than that in property. too. It was more than any one present had ever seen at one time before. It was talked about.. Then there was a unanimous call for an explanation. some of them. unromantic men. The tale was long. there ain't ever any making of that boy out. seemed next to incredible. Each lad had an income. The boys were not able to remember that their remarks had possessed weight before. The village paper published biographical sketches of the boys. All gazed. everything they did seemed somehow to be regarded as remarkable. for that matter. Petersburg and the neighboring villages was dissected. lodge. but it don't amount to anything now. in strict confidence. glorified. struggling with the weight of his sacks. Tom poured the mass of yellow coin upon the table and said: "There--what did I tell you? Half of it's Huck's and half of it's mine!" The spectacle took the general breath away. and its foundations dug up and ransacked for hidden treasure--and not by boys. their past history was raked up and discovered to bear marks of conspicuous originality. gloated over. So vast a sum. commonplace boy would ever have got his daughter out Becky told her father. the Judge was visibly moved. and he did. "He--well. When had taken her when she pleaded to shift that . too. The Widow Douglas put Huck's money out at six per cent. I never--" Tom entered. it was what he was promised--he generally couldn't collect it. nobody spoke for a moment. Judge Thatcher had conceived a great opinion of Tom. now. CHAPTER XXXV THE reader may rest satisfied that Tom's and Huck's windfall made a mighty stir in the poor little village of St. Mr. that was simply prodigious--a dollar for every week-day in the year and half of the Sundays. Jones said: "I thought I had fixed up a little surprise for this occasion. but brimful of interest. Tom said he could furnish it. Wherever Tom and Huck appeared they were courted. how Tom whipping at school. There was scarcely an interruption from any one to break the charm of its flow." The money was counted. and Judge Thatcher did the same with Tom's at Aunt Polly's request."Sid. until the reason of many of the citizens tottered under the strain of the unhealthy excitement. admired. Petersburg. they had evidently lost the power of doing and saying commonplace things. It was just what the minister got --no. moreover. I'm willing to allow. what ails Tom?" said Aunt Polly. but now their sayings were treasured and repeated.

whithersoever he turned. he had just breakfasted upon some stolen odds and ends of food. He said: "Don't talk about it. nor lay down. everybody does that way. and then one day turned up missing. Huck. she goes to bed by a bell. and plate." "Tom. Huck's face lost its tranquil content. I got to wear them blamed clothes that just smothers me. in comfort. The widder eats by a bell. He was unkempt. He had to eat with a knife and fork. For forty-eight hours the widow hunted for him everywhere in great distress. a magnanimous lie--a lie that was worthy to hold up its head and march down through history breast to breast with George Washington's lauded Truth about the hatchet! Becky thought her father had never looked so tall and so superb as when he walked the floor and stamped his foot and said that. Huck Finn's wealth and the fact that he was now under the Widow Douglas' protection introduced him into society--no. He bravely bore his miseries three weeks. She went straight off and told Tom about it. The widder's good to me. but I can't stand them ways. I ain't everybody. they comb me all to thunder. I've tried it. and it don't work. She makes me get up just at the same time every morning. I got to go to church and sweat and sweat--I hate them ornery sermons! I can't ketch a fly in there. with his pipe. and they're so rotten nice that I can't set down. it don't work. and they bedded him nightly in unsympathetic sheets that had not one little spot or stain which he could press to his heart and know for a friend. Tom routed him out. combed and brushed. It ain't for me. cup. they dragged the river for his body. she makes me wash. He said he meant to look to it that Tom should be admitted to the National Military Academy and afterward trained in the best law school in the country. uncombed. It's awful to be tied up so. somehow. Tom. it don't make no difference. they searched high and low. I got to wear shoes all Sunday. I hain't slid on a cellar-door for--well. nor roll around anywher's. Early the third morning Tom Sawyer wisely went poking among some old empty hogsheads down behind the abandoned slaughter-house. The widow's servants kept him clean and neat. dragged him into it." "Well. a generous. and clad in the same old ruin of rags that had made him picturesque in the days when he was free and happy. Judge Thatcher hoped to see Tom a great lawyer or a great soldier some day. I got to ask to go a-fishing. I . I ain't used to it. the bars and shackles of civilization shut him in and bound him hand and foot. it 'pears to be years.whipping from her shoulders to his own. The public were profoundly concerned. hurled him into it--and his sufferings were almost more than he could bear. and was lying off. Tom. and took a melancholy cast. I can't chaw. the Judge said with a fine outburst that it was a noble. he had to use napkin. and friendly. Huck had slept there. in order that he might be ready for either career or both. now. she gits up by a bell--everything's so awful reg'lar a body can't stand it. and urged him to go home. he had to learn his book. that way. she won't let me sleep in the woodshed. Tom. they don't seem to any air git through 'em. and I can't STAND it. he had to go to church. and in one of them he found the refugee. told him the trouble he had been causing. And grub comes too easy--I don't take no interest in vittles. he had to talk so properly that speech was become insipid in his mouth.

Huck. WOULD you. nor scratch. and sweat and sweat. being rich ain't what it's cracked up to be. Tom. being rich ain't going to keep me back from turning robber. and a cave." Huck was silent for some time. I'd got to talk so nice it wasn't no comfort--I'd got to go up in the attic and rip out awhile. now. It's just worry and worry. and besides if you'll try this thing just a while longer you'll come to like it. Tom--I just had to. they'd say. Tom. I won't be rich. good-licks. and I won't live in them cussed smothery houses. here this dern foolishness has got to come up and spile it all!" Tom saw his opportunity-"Lookyhere. Tom. Tom. Huck." "No! Oh. and all just fixed to rob. we can't let you into the gang if you ain't respectable. and I'll stick to 'em. are you in real dead-wood earnest. But Huck. Tom? You wouldn't do that. she wouldn't let me gape. I wouldn't want to. 'Tain't fair. You wouldn't like that. and I'd a had to go to it--well." "Like it! Yes--the way I'd like a hot stove if I was to set on it long enough." Huck's joy was quenched. or I'd a died. and this bar'l suits me. Now these clothes suits me. and I wouldn't. The widder wouldn't let me smoke. Tom? Didn't you let me go for a pirate?" "Yes. No. too. Huck. if you'll let me b'long to the gang. that school's going to open." . becuz I don't give a dern for a thing 'thout it's tollable hard to git--and you go and beg off for me with the widder. Tom?" "Just as dead earnest as I'm sitting here. and hogsheads. engaged in a mental struggle. I'll go back to the widder for a month and tackle it and see if I can come to stand it. hain't you always ben friendly to me? You wouldn't shet me out. Tom. 'Mph! Tom Sawyer's Gang! pretty low characters in it!' They'd mean you. nor stretch. Finally he said: "Well. Tom?" "Huck. and the river. A robber is more high-toned than what a pirate is--as a general thing." "Oh. Blame it all! just as we'd got guns. she prayed all the time! I never see such a woman! I HAD to shove. but that's different. every day. And besides. you know I can't do that. would you. "Can't let me in. and gimme a ten-center sometimes--not many times. I like the woods. Tom. and I DON'T want to--but what would people say? Why. I wouldn't stand to ask to go in a-swimming--dern'd if I hain't got to ask to do everything. she wouldn't let me yell. I wouldn't ever got into all this trouble if it hadn't 'a' ben for that money. and a-wishing you was dead all the time. and I ain't ever going to shake 'em any more. now you just take my sheer of it along with your'n. you know. In most countries they're awful high up in the nobility--dukes and such. Tom. before folks--" [Then with a spasm of special irritation and injury]--"And dad fetch it. to git a taste in my mouth. Looky here." "Now. Well.

I reckon she'll be proud she snaked me in out of the wet. old chap. in the lonesomest. Most of the characters that perform in this book still live. right off. Tom--now will you? That's good. and sign it with blood. If she'll let up on some of the roughest things." "Well." CONCLUSION SO endeth this chronicle. When one writes a novel about grown people. and are prosperous and happy." "That's gay--that's mighty gay. awfulest place you can find--a ha'nted house is the best. We'll get the boys together and have the initiation to-night. I tell you. When you going to start the gang and turn robbers?" "Oh. and kill anybody and all his family that hurts one of the gang." "Now. Tom. but they're all ripped up now. I bet it is." "Well. it's a whiz! Come along. anyway. and I'll ask the widow to let up on you a little. I'll smoke private and cuss private." "Yes. he must stop where he best can. midnight's good. Huck." "What's that?" "It's to swear to stand by one another. it must stop here. the story could not go much further without becoming the history of a MAN." "Have the which?" "Have the initiation. I'll stick to the widder till I rot. It being strictly a history of a BOY. Tom."All right. and if I git to be a reg'lar ripper of a robber. End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. but when he writes of juveniles. and never tell the gang's secrets. he knows exactly where to stop--that is. Some day it may seem worth while to take up the story of the younger ones again and see what sort of men and women they turned out to be. it's a million times bullier than pirating. and everybody talking 'bout it. maybe. so it is. with a marriage. And all that swearing's got to be done at midnight. even if you're chopped all to flinders." "Will you. that's something LIKE! Why. Complete by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) . Huck. therefore it will be wisest not to reveal any of that part of their lives at present. Tom. And you've got to swear on a coffin. and crowd through or bust.

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