1 Seemed like I'd die if I couldn't scratch.
2 He said he would like to see the widow get me.
3 I can't; and here you're a-swelling yourself up like this.
4 Nobody could spread himself like Tom Sawyer in such a thing as that.
5 The judge said it was the holiest time on record, or something like that.
6 I dropped pap's whetstone there too, so as to look like it had been done by accident.
7 I shot head-first off of the bank like a frog, clothes and all on, and struck out for the canoe.
8 I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't no objections.
9 Well, all at once here comes a canoe; just a beauty, too, about thirteen or fourteen foot long, riding high like a duck.
10 His hair was long and tangled and greasy, and hung down, and you could see his eyes shining through like he was behind vines.
11 Well," says I, "I think they are a pack of flat-heads for not keeping the palace themselves 'stead of fooling them away like that.'
12 Why," said he, "a magician could call up a lot of genies, and they would hash you up like nothing before you could say Jack Robinson.
13 If I see a stump, I took it for a man; if I trod on a stick and broke it, it made me feel like a person had cut one of my breaths in two and I only got half, and the short half, too.
14 Here's what the law does: The law takes a man worth six thousand dollars and up'ards, and jams him into an old trap of a cabin like this, and lets him go round in clothes that ain't fitten for a hog.
15 I got an old tin lamp and an iron ring, and went out in the woods and rubbed and rubbed till I sweat like an Injun, calculating to build a palace and sell it; but it warn't no use, none of the genies come.
16 I rose up, and there was Jackson's Island, about two mile and a half down stream, heavy timbered and standing up out of the middle of the river, big and dark and solid, like a steamboat without any lights.
17 They judged it was him, anyway; said this drownded man was just his size, and was ragged, and had uncommon long hair, which was all like pap; but they couldn't make nothing out of the face, because it had been in the water so long it warn't much like a face at all.
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