164 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
acknowledge him, that would do him more good than most anything else ; so we said we would, if he would tell us how. He said we ought to bow, when we spoke to him, and say " Your Grace," or " My Lord," or " Your Lordship "— and he wouldn't mind it if we called him plain " Bridgewater," which he said was a title, anyway, and not a name; and one of us ought to wait on him at dinner, and do any little thing for him he wanted done.
Well, that was all easy, so we done it. All through dinner Jim stood around and waited on him, and says, "Will yo' Grace have some o' dis, or some o' dat ? " and so on, and a body could see it was mighty pleasing to him.
But the old man got pretty silent, by-and-by—didn't have much to say, and didn't look pretty comfortable over all that petting that was going on around that duke. He seemed to have something on his mind. So, along in the afternoon, he says :
" Looky here, Bilgewater," he says, " I'm nation sorry for you, but you ain't the only person that's had troubles like that."
"No, you ain't. You ain't the only person that's ben snaked down wrongfully out'n a high place."
"No, you ain't the only person that's had a secret of his birth." And by jings, he begins fco cry.
" Hold ! ' What do you mean ? "
" Bilgewater, kin I trust you ?" says the old man, still sort of sobbing.
" To the bitter death !" He took the old man by the hand and squeezed it, and says, " The secret of your being : speak ! "
" Bilgewater, I am the late Dauphin !"
You bet you Jim and me stared, this time. Then the duke says •
" You are what ? "
"Yes, my friend, it is too true—your eyes is lookin' at this very moment on the pore disappeared Dauphin, Looy the Seventeen, son of Looy the Sixteen and Marry Antonette."