1 Po niggers can't have no luck.
2 But I hadn't no luck somehow; I couldn't seem to find the place.
3 Say, I reckon your father's poor, and I'm bound to say he's in pretty hard luck.
4 He drank and drank, and tumbled down on his blankets by and by; but luck didn't run my way.
5 I changed to the Illinois edge of the island to see what luck I could have, and I warn't disappointed.
6 And he said that handling a snake-skin was such awful bad luck that maybe we hadn't got to the end of it yet.
7 And Jim said you mustn't count the things you are going to cook for dinner, because that would bring bad luck.
8 I said it looked to me like all the signs was about bad luck, and so I asked him if there warn't any good-luck signs.
9 Well, when the river rose pa had a streak of luck one day; he ketched this piece of a raft; so we reckoned we'd go down to Orleans on it.
10 I didn't need anybody to tell me that that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off of me.
11 I reached for some of it as quick as I could to throw over my left shoulder and keep off the bad luck, but Miss Watson was in ahead of me, and crossed me off.
12 There is ways to keep off some kinds of bad luck, but this wasn't one of them kind; so I never tried to do anything, but just poked along low-spirited and on the watch-out.
13 The whoops was warnings that would come to us every now and then, and if we didn't try hard to make out to understand them they'd just take us into bad luck, 'stead of keeping us out of it.'
14 He said it would fetch bad luck; and besides, he said, he might come and ha'nt us; he said a man that warn't buried was more likely to go a-ha'nting around than one that was planted and comfortable.
15 You do that when you've lost a horseshoe that you've found, instead of nailing it up over the door, but I hadn't ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep off bad luck when you'd killed a spider.
16 Pa's luck didn't hold out; a steamboat run over the forrard corner of the raft one night, and we all went overboard and dove under the wheel; Jim and me come up all right, but pa was drunk, and Ike was only four years old, so they never come up no more.
17 While we laid off after breakfast to sleep up, both of us being about wore out, I got to thinking that if I could fix up some way to keep pap and the widow from trying to follow me, it would be a certainer thing than trusting to luck to get far enough off before they missed me; you see, all kinds of things might happen.
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