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    Chapter 43

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    CHAPTER THE LAST

    THE first time I catched Tom private I asked him
    what was his idea, time of the evasion? -- what it
    was he'd planned to do if the evasion worked all right
    and he managed to set a nigger free that was already
    free before? And he said, what he had planned in his
    head from the start, if we got Jim out all safe, was for
    us to run him down the river on the raft, and have
    adventures plumb to the mouth of the river, and then
    tell him about his being free, and take him back up
    home on a steamboat, in style, and pay him for his
    lost time, and write word ahead and get out all the
    niggers around, and have them waltz him into town
    with a torchlight procession and a brass-band, and then
    he would be a hero, and so would we. But I reckoned
    it was about as well the way it was.

    We had Jim out of the chains in no time, and when
    Aunt Polly and Uncle Silas and Aunt Sally found out
    how good he helped the doctor nurse Tom, they made
    a heap of fuss over him, and fixed him up prime, and
    give him all he wanted to eat, and a good time, and
    nothing to do. And we had him up to the sick-room,
    and had a high talk; and Tom give Jim forty dollars
    for being prisoner for us so patient, and doing it up so
    good, and Jim was pleased most to death, and busted
    out, and says:

    "DAH, now, Huck, what I tell you? -- what I tell
    you up dah on Jackson islan'? I TOLE you I got a
    hairy breas', en what's de sign un it; en I TOLE you I
    ben rich wunst, en gwineter to be rich AGIN; en it's
    come true; en heah she is! DAH, now! doan' talk
    to ME -- signs is SIGNS, mine I tell you; en I knowed
    jis' 's well 'at I 'uz gwineter be rich agin as I's a-
    stannin' heah dis minute!"

    And then Tom he talked along and talked along,
    and says, le's all three slide out of here one of these
    nights and get an outfit, and go for howling adventures
    amongst the Injuns, over in the Territory, for a couple
    of weeks or two; and I says, all right, that suits me,
    but I ain't got no money for to buy the outfit, and I
    reckon I couldn't get none from home, because it's
    likely pap's been back before now, and got it all away
    from Judge Thatcher and drunk it up.

    "No, he hain't," Tom says; "it's all there yet --
    six thousand dollars and more; and your pap hain't
    ever been back since. Hadn't when I come away,
    anyhow."

    Jim says, kind of solemn:

    "He ain't a-comin' back no mo', Huck."

    I says:

    "Why, Jim?"

    "Nemmine why, Huck -- but he ain't comin' back
    no mo."

    But I kept at him; so at last he says:

    "Doan' you 'member de house dat was float'n down
    de river, en dey wuz a man in dah, kivered up, en I
    went in en unkivered him and didn' let you come in?
    Well, den, you kin git yo' money when you wants it,
    kase dat wuz him."

    Tom's most well now, and got his bullet around his
    neck on a watch-guard for a watch, and is always
    seeing what time it is, and so there ain't nothing more
    to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if
    I'd a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I
    wouldn't a tackled it, and ain't a-going to no more.
    But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead
    of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt
    me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there
    before.

    THE END
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