240 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
" Oh, dear, dear, to think they ain't ever going to see each other any more ! "
" But they will—and inside of two weeks—and I know it!" says X.
Laws it was out before I could think !—and before I could budge, she throws her arms around my neck, and told me to say it again, say it again, say it again!
I see I had spoke too sudden, and said too much, and was in a close place. I asked her to let me think a minute; and she set there, very impatient and excited, and handsome, but looking kind of happy and eased-up, like a person that's had a tooth pulled out. So I went to studying it out. I says to myself, I reckon a body that ups and tells the truth when he is in a tight place, is taking considerable many resks, though I ain't had no experience, and can't say for certain ; but it looks so to me, anyway ; and yet here's a case where I'm blest if it don't look to me like the truth is better, and actuly safer, than a lie. I must lay it by in my mind, and think it over some time or other, it's so kind of strange and unregular. I never see nothing like it. Well, I says to myself at last, I'm agoing to chance it; I'll up and tell the truth this time, though it does seem most like setting down on a kag of powder and touching it off just to see where you'll go to. Then I says :
" Miss Mary Jane, is there any place out of town a little ways, where you could go and stay three or four days ? "
" Yes—Mr. Lothrop's. Why ? "
" Never mind why, yet. If I'll tell you how I know the niggers will see each other again—inside of two weeks—here in this house—and prove how I know it —will you go to Mr. Lothrop's and stay four days ? "
" Four days !" she says ; a I'll stay a year !"
"All right," I says, "I don't want nothing more out of you than just your word—I druther have it than another man's kiss-the-Bible." She smiled, and reddened up very sweet, and I says, "If you don't mind it, I'll shut the door— and bolt it."
Then I come back and set down again, and says :
"Don't you holler. Just set still, and take it like a man. I got to tell the truth, and you want to brace up, Miss Mary, because it's a bad kind, and going to be hard to take, but there ain't no help for it. These uncles of yourn ain't no