MARY JANE DECIDES TO LEAVE. 243
—why, you'll have that entire town down here before you can hardly wink, Miss Mary. A.nd they'll come a-biling, too."
I judged we had got everything fixed about right, now. So I says : " Just let the auction go right along, and don't worry. Nobody don't have to pay for the things they buy till a whole day after the auction, on accounts of the short notice, and they ain't going out of this till they get that money—and the way we've fixed it the sale ain't going to count, and they ain't going to get no money. It's just like the way it was with the niggers—it warn't no sale, and the niggers will be back before long. Why, they can't collect the money for the niggers, yet—they're in the worst kind of a fix, Miss Mary."
"Well," she says, "I'll run down to breakfast now, and then I'll start straight for Mr. Lothrop's."
"'Deed, that ain't the ticket, Miss Mary Jane," I says, " by no manner of means ; go before breakfast." "Why?"
" What did you reckon I wanted you to go at all for, Miss Mary ? "
" Well, I never thought—and come to think, I don't know. What was it ? "
" Why, it's because you ain't one of these leather-face people. I don't want
no better book that what your face is. A body can set down and read it off like
coarse print. Do you reckon you can go and face your uncles, when they come
to kiss you good-morning, and never------"
" There, there, don't ! Yes, I'll go before breakfast—I'll be glad to. And leave my sisters with them t"
" Yes—never mind about them. They've got to stand it yet a while. They might suspicion something if all of you was to go. I don't want you to see them, nor your sisters, nor nobody in this town—if a neighbor was to ask how is your uncles this morning, your face would tell something. No, you go right along, Miss Mary Jane, and I'll fix it with all of them. I'll tell Miss Susan to give your love to your uncles and say you've went away for a few hours for to get a little rest and change, or to see a friend, and you'll be back to-night or early in the morning.n " Gone to see a friend is all right, but I won't have my love given to them." " Well, then, it sha'n't be." It was well enough to tell her so—no harm in it.