1 And now he's afraid to come to church.
2 The people had stopped moving out of church.
3 None could remember when the little church had been so full before.
4 He always brought his mother to church, and was the pride of all the matrons.
5 Sabbath-school hours were from nine to half-past ten; and then church service.
6 There was no Sabbath-school during day-school vacation, but everybody was early at church.
7 There was once a church choir that was not ill-bred, but I have forgotten where it was, now.
8 Well, when pap's full, you might take and belt him over the head with a church and you couldn't phase him.
9 By this time the whole church was red-faced and suffocating with suppressed laughter, and the sermon had come to a dead standstill.
10 ABOUT half-past ten the cracked bell of the small church began to ring, and presently the people began to gather for the morning sermon.
11 Tom counted the pages of the sermon; after church he always knew how many pages there had been, but he seldom knew anything else about the discourse.
12 He entered the church, now, with a swarm of clean and noisy boys and girls, proceeded to his seat and started a quarrel with the first boy that came handy.
13 Why, you see, when you got to talking about the funeral, I just got all full of the idea of our coming and hiding in the church, and I couldn't somehow bear to spoil it.
14 The church's high-backed, uncushioned pews would seat about three hundred persons; the edifice was but a small, plain affair, with a sort of pine board tree-box on top of it for a steeple.
15 The congregation being fully assembled, now, the bell rang once more, to warn laggards and stragglers, and then a solemn hush fell upon the church which was only broken by the tittering and whispering of the choir in the gallery.
16 He had to eat with a knife and fork; he had to use napkin, cup, and plate; he had to learn his book, he had to go to church; he had to talk so properly that speech was become insipid in his mouth; whithersoever he turned, the bars and shackles of civilization shut him in and bound him hand and foot.
17 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.
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