120 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
" No, I didn't. What tow-head ? I hain't seen no tow-head."
" You hain't seen no tow-head ? Looky here—didn't de line pull loose en de raf go a hummin' down de river, en leave you en de canoe behine in de fog ? "
" Why de fog. De fog dat's ben aroun' all night. En didn't you whoop, en didn't I whoop, tell we got mix' up in de islands en one un us got los' en 'tother one was jis' as good as los', 'kase he didn' know whah he wuz ? En didn't I bust up agin a lot er dem islands en have a tumble time en mos' git drownded ? Now am' dat so, boss—ain't it so ? You answer me dat."
" Well, this is too many for me, Jim. I hain't seen no fog, nor no islands, nor no troubles, nor nothing. I been setting here talking with you all night till you went to sleep about ten minutes ago, and I reckon I done the same. You couldn't a got drunk in that time, so of course you've been dreaming."
" Dad fetch it, how is I gwyne to dream all dat in ten minutes ?"
"Well, hang it all, you did dream it, because there didn't any of it happen."
" But Huck, it's all jis' as plain to me as------"
" It don't make no difference how plain it is, there ain't nothing in it. I know, because I've been here all the time."
Jim didn't say nothing for about five minutes, but set there studying over it. Then he says :
" Well, den, I reck'n I did dream it, Huck; but dog my cats ef it ain't de powerfullest dream I ever see. En I hain't ever had no dream b'fo' dat's tired me like dis one." >
" Oh, well, that's all right, because a dream does tire a body like everything, sometimes. But this one was a staving dream—tell me all about it, Jim."
So Jim went to work and told me the whole thing right through, just as it happened, only he painted it up considerable. Then he said he must start in and " 'terpret" it, because it was sent for a warning. He said the first tow-head stood for a man that would try to do us some good, but the current was another man that would get us away from him. The whoops was warnings that would come to us every now and then, and if we didn't try hard to make out to understand them they'd just take us into bad luck, 'stead of keeping us out of it. The lot of tow-heads was troubles we was going to get into with quarrelsome