The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XXX

WHEN they got aboard the king went for me, and shook me by the collar, and says:

"Tryin' to give us the slip, was ye, you pup! Tired of our company, hey?"

I says:

"No, your majesty, we warn't--please don't, your majesty!"

"Quick, then, and tell us what was your idea, or I'll shake the insides out o' you!"

"Honest, I'll tell you everything just as it happened, your majesty. The man that had a-holt of me was very good to me, and kept saying he had a boy about as big as me that died last year, and he was sorry to see a boy in such a dangerous fix; and when they was all took by surprise by finding the gold, and made a rush for the coffin, he lets go of me and whispers, 'Heel it now, or they'll hang ye, sure!' and I lit out. It didn't seem no good for me to stay--I couldn't do nothing, and I didn't want to be hung if I could get away. So I never stopped running till I found the canoe; and when I got here I told Jim to hurry, or they'd catch me and hang me yet, and said I was afeard you and the duke wasn't alive now, and I was awful sorry, and so was Jim, and was awful glad when we see you coming; you may ask Jim if I didn't."

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Notice vii
  • Explanatory ix
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 6
  • Chapter III 15
  • Chapter IV 21
  • Chapter V 26
  • Chapter VI 32
  • Chapter VII 42
  • Chapter VIII 51
  • Chapter IX 66
  • Chapter X 72
  • Chapter XI 77
  • Chapter XII 88
  • Chapter XIII 98
  • Chapter XIV 106
  • Chapter XV 112
  • Chapter XVI 121
  • Chapter XVII 133
  • Chapter XVIII 146
  • Chapter XIX 163
  • Chapter XX 175
  • Chapter XXI 188
  • Chapter XXII 201
  • Chapter XXIII 209
  • Chapter XXIV 217
  • Chapter XXV 226
  • Chapter XXVI 237
  • Chapter XXVII 248
  • Chapter XXVIII 258
  • Chapter XXIX 271
  • Chapter XXX 285
  • Chapter XXXI 290
  • Chapter XXXII 303
  • Chapter XXXIII 312
  • Chapter XXXIV 322
  • Chapter XXXV 330
  • Chapter XXXVI 340
  • Chapter XXXVII 348
  • Chapter XXXVIII 357
  • Chapter XXXIX 366
  • Chapter XL 374
  • Chapter XLI 383
  • Chapter XLII 392
  • Chapter the Last 403
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