Preb: (Enters scratched and bleeding, clothes torn, muttering:) Huh, pup, huh! Huh, pup, huh!
Voice: Wha' all you, Preb?
Preb: Ain't nothin' ail me. You must be ailin' yourself. Is you blind? Can't you see dem dogs?
Second Voice: Preb must be lossin' he mind.
Preb: What make I loss my mind?
Voice: How come you to call dog when dey ain't no dog? How you say you see dog when dey ain't no dog, how come?
Preb: Brother, if you been wid me you see dog, 'en you see more'n dog? You see snake, an' hear 'em bark, bark like dog. I come out 'er mill pasture an' I hear dog bark, an' I look, an' heap 'er little dog an' snake all tangled up 'twixt my feets an' hit look like I guine step on 'em, an' I ain't step on 'em, an' all down mill-dam dem dog bark and snake tangle up 'twixt my feets, an' I lef de mill-dam an' I to'd out theu de brier an' dey kept wid me, an' dey tangle up 'twixt my feets an' dey bark, an' dey come here wid me, an' you ain't hear 'em bark, an' you ain't see 'em. Ain't nobody see 'em but me. Ain't nobody hear 'em but me, an' dey tangle up 'twixt my feets.
Spencer: Brother, you see 'em an' I see 'em. Dem is sperrit dogs, an' dey run dese woods an' dey run wid de barkin' snakes, and dey run on certain night an' dey wait dey own time an' dey run in mill-pasture an' Black Lake, an' dey home is God knows way, an' dey is a sign, a onlucky sign, which pass dis way 'afore de earth-quake, an' dey come here wid de storm, an' 'afore death, an' 'afore war, and it is a sign of 'stress. Dey is de barkin' snakes an' sperrit dogs, an' dey travel in de night of storm, an' dey travel in de night of 'stress, an' dey tangles 'twixt de feets of men, and all men is feared ur de sperrit dogs an' de barkin' snakes. Dey come 'afore death an' in time of 'stress, an' dey tangles 'twixt de feets of men.