Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, M. Twain, Mark. Lit2Go Edition. January 17, WELL, all day him and the king was hard at it, rigging up a stage and a curtain and a row of candles for footlights; and that night the house was jam full of men in no time.
And — but never mind the rest of his outfit; it was just wild, but it was awful funny. The people most killed themselves laughing; and when the king got done capering and capered off behind the scenes, they roared and clapped and stormed and hawhawed till he come back and done it over again, and after that they made him do it another time.
Well, it would make a cow laugh to see the shines that old idiot cut.
Then the duke he lets the curtain down, and bows to the people, and says the great tragedy will be performed only two nights more, on accounts of pressing London engagements, where the seats is all sold already for it in Drury Lane; and then he makes them another bow, and says if he has succeeded in pleasing them and instructing them, he will be deeply obleeged if they will mention it to their friends and get them to come and see it.
The duke says yes. Then there was a fine time.
But a big, fine looking man jumps up on a bench and shouts:. Just a word, gentlemen. What we want is to go out of here quiet, and talk this show up, and sell the REST of the town!
Go along home, and advise everybody to come and see the tragedy. House was jammed again that night, and we sold this crowd the same way. When me and the king and the duke got home to the raft we all had a supper; and by and by, about midnight, they made Jim and me back her out and float her down the middle of the river, and fetch her in and hide her about two mile below town.
I smelt sickly eggs by the barrel, and rotten cabbages, and such things; and if I know the signs of a dead cat being around, and I bet I do, there was sixty-four of them went in. I done it, and he done the same.
We struck the raft at the same time, and in less than two seconds we was gliding down stream, all dark and still, and edging towards the middle of the river, nobody saying a word. I reckoned the poor king was in for a gaudy time of it with the audience, but nothing of the sort; pretty soon he crawls out from under the wigwam, and says:. We never showed a light till we was about ten mile below the village. The duke says:.
They can turn it into a picnic if they want to — they brought plenty provisions. Them rapscallions took in four hundred and sixtyfive dollars in that three nights.
I never see money hauled in by the wagon-load like that before. By and by, when they was asleep and snoring, Jim says:. My, you ought to seen old Henry the Eight when he was in bloom. He WAS a blossom. He used to marry a new wife every day, and chop off her head next morning.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
And he would do it just as indifferent as if he was ordering up eggs. They fetch her up.
Well, Henry he takes a notion he wants to get up some trouble with this country. How does he go at it — give notice?
All of a sudden he heaves all the tea in Boston Harbor overboard, and whacks out a declaration of independence, and dares them to come on. That was HIS style — he never give anybody a chance. He had suspicions of his father, the Duke of Wellington. Well, what did he do?
Huckleberry Finn Audiobook - Chapter 23
Ask him to show up? No — drownded him in a butt of mamsey, like a cat. He collared it. He always done the other thing.
All I say is, kings is kings, and you got to make allowances. But not very different. He often done that. When I waked up just at daybreak he was sitting there with his head down betwixt his knees, moaning and mourning to himself. I knowed what it was about.
But this time I somehow got to talking to him about his wife and young ones; and by and by he says:. It make me mad; en I says agin, mighty loud, I says:.
My, but I WUZ mad! Authors Books Genres Collections Readability. Webster And Company.
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