1 So'll my old man if you want him to.
2 That pleased the old man till he couldn't rest.
3 The old man made me go to the skiff and fetch the things he had got.
4 I judged the old man would turn up again by and by, though I wished he wouldn't.
5 I wanted to be getting away before the old man got back, but of course I didn't let on.
6 He said he reckoned a body could reform the old man with a shotgun, maybe, but he didn't know no other way.
7 While I was cooking supper the old man took a swig or two and got sort of warmed up, and went to ripping again.
8 Never mind, Buck, my boy," says the old man, "you'll have show enough, all in good time, don't you fret about that.
9 Why, that old man kep up his end in a fight one day for half an hour against three Grangerfords, and come out winner.
10 The old man said that what a man wanted that was down was sympathy, and the judge said it was so; so they cried again.
11 I got so full of it I didn't notice how long I was staying till the old man hollered and asked me whether I was asleep or drownded.
12 WELL, pretty soon the old man was up and around again, and then he went for Judge Thatcher in the courts to make him give up that money, and he went for me, too, for not stopping school.
13 I guessed I wouldn't stay in one place, but just tramp right across the country, mostly night times, and hunt and fish to keep alive, and so get so far away that the old man nor the widow couldn't ever find me any more.
14 It was pretty close to the shanty, and I thought I heard the old man coming all the time; but I got her hid; and then I out and looked around a bunch of willows, and there was the old man down the path a piece just drawing a bead on a bird with his gun.
15 They was all a-horseback; he lit off of his horse and got behind a little woodpile, and kep his horse before him to stop the bullets; but the Grangerfords stayed on their horses and capered around the old man, and peppered away at him, and he peppered away at them.
16 And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life; but now he was a-going to turn over a new leaf and be a man nobody wouldn't be ashamed of, and he hoped the judge would help him and not look down on him.
17 The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father.
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