TWT logo

Together We Teach
Reading Room

Take time to read.
Reading is the
fountain of wisdom.


(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

< BACK    NEXT >




HUCK said: "Tom, we can slope, if we can find a rope.

The window ain't high from the ground."

"Shucks! what do you want to slope for?"

"Well, I ain't used to that kind of a crowd. I can't stand it.

I ain't going down there, Tom."

"Oh, bother! It ain't anything. I don't mind it a bit.

I'll take care of you."

Sid appeared.

"Tom," said he, "auntie has been waiting for you

all the afternoon. Mary got your Sunday clothes

ready, and everybody's been fretting about you. Say

-- ain't this grease and clay, on your clothes?"

"Now, Mr. Siddy, you jist 'tend to your own business.

What's all this blow-out about, anyway?"

"It's one of the widow's parties that she's always

having. This time it's for the Welshman and his

sons, on account of that scrape they helped her out

of the other night. And say -- I can tell you something,

if you want to know."

"Well, what?"

"Why, old Mr. Jones is going to try to spring some-

thing on the people here to-night, but I overheard him

tell auntie to-day about it, as a secret, but I reckon

it's not much of a secret now. Everybody knows --

the widow, too, for all she tries to let on she don't.

Mr. Jones was bound Huck should be here -- couldn't

get along with his grand secret without Huck, you know!"

"Secret about what, Sid?"

"About Huck tracking the robbers to the widow's.

I reckon Mr. Jones was going to make a grand time

over his surprise, but I bet you it will drop pretty flat."

Sid chuckled in a very contented and satisfied way.

"Sid, was it you that told?"

"Oh, never mind who it was. SOMEBODY told -- that's


"Sid, there's only one person in this town mean

enough to do that, and that's you. If you had been in

Huck's place you'd 'a' sneaked down the hill and never

told anybody on the robbers. You can't do any but

mean things, and you can't bear to see anybody praised

for doing good ones. There -- no thanks, as the widow

says" -- and Tom cuffed Sid's ears and helped him to

the door with several kicks. "Now go and tell auntie

if you dare -- and to-morrow you'll catch it!"

Some minutes later the widow's guests were at the

supper-table, and a dozen children were propped up

at little side-tables in the same room, after the fashion

of that country and that day. At the proper time

Mr. Jones made his little speech, in which he thanked

the widow for the honor she was doing himself and his

sons, but said that there was another person whose modesty --

And so forth and so on. He sprung his secret

about Huck's share in the adventure in the finest

dramatic manner he was master of, but the surprise it

occasioned was largely counterfeit and not as clamorous

and effusive as it might have been under happier

circumstances. However, the widow made a pretty

fair show of astonishment, and heaped so many com-

pliments and so much gratitude upon Huck that he

almost forgot the nearly intolerable discomfort of his

new clothes in the entirely intolerable discomfort of

being set up as a target for everybody's gaze and

everybody's laudations.

The widow said she meant to give Huck a home

under her roof and have him educated; and that

when she could spare the money she would start him

in business in a modest way. Tom's chance was

come. He said:

"Huck don't need it. Huck's rich."

Nothing but a heavy strain upon the good manners

of the company kept back the due and proper com-

plimentary laugh at this pleasant joke. But the silence

was a little awkward. Tom broke it:

"Huck's got money. Maybe you don't believe it,

but he's got lots of it. Oh, you needn't smile -- I reckon

I can show you. You just wait a minute."

Tom ran out of doors. The company looked at

each other with a perplexed interest -- and inquiringly

at Huck, who was tongue-tied.

"Sid, what ails Tom?" said Aunt Polly. "He -- well,

there ain't ever any making of that boy out. I never --"

Tom entered, struggling with the weight of his sacks,

and Aunt Polly did not finish her sentence. Tom

poured the mass of yellow coin upon the table and said:

"There -- what did I tell you? Half of it's Huck's

and half of it's mine!"

The spectacle took the general breath away. All

gazed, nobody spoke for a moment. Then there was a

unanimous call for an explanation. Tom said he could

furnish it, and he did. The tale was long, but brimful

of interest. There was scarcely an interruption from

any one to break the charm of its flow. When he had

finished, Mr. Jones said:

"I thought I had fixed up a little surprise for this

occasion, but it don't amount to anything now. This

one makes it sing mighty small, I'm willing to allow."

The money was counted. The sum amounted to

a little over twelve thousand dollars. It was more

than any one present had ever seen at one time before,

though several persons were there who were worth

considerably more than that in property.



Top of Page

< BACK    NEXT >






Why not spread the word about Together We Teach?
Simply copy & paste our home page link below into your emails... 

Want the Together We Teach link to place on your website?
Copy & paste either home page link on your webpage...
Together We Teach 






Use these free website tools below for a more powerful experience at Together We Teach!

****Google™ search****

For a more specific search, try using quotation marks around phrases (ex. "You are what you read")


*** Google Translate™ translation service ***

 Translate text:


  Translate a web page:

****What's the Definition?****
(Simply insert the word you want to lookup)

 Search:   for   

S D Glass Enterprises

Privacy Policy

Warner Robins, GA, USA