262 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
I was awful sorry, and so was Jim, and was awful glad when we see you coming, you may ask Jim if I didn't."
Jim said it was so ; and the king told him to shut up, and said, " Oh, yes, it's mighty likely !" and shook me up again, and said he reckoned he'd drownd me. But the duke says :
"Leggo the boy, you old idiot! Would you a done any different ? Did you inquire around for him, when you got loose ? I don't remember it."
So the king let go of me, and begun to cuss that town and everybody in it. But the duke says :
"You better a blame sight give yourself a, good cussing, for you're the one that's entitled to it most. You hain't done a thing, from the start, that had any sense in it, except coming out so cool and cheeky with that imaginary blue-arrow mark. That ivas bright—it was right down bully; and it was the thing that saved us. For if it hadn't been for that, they'd a jailed us till them Englishmen's baggage come—and then—the penitentiary, you bet! But that trick took 'em to the graveyard, and the gold done us a still bigger kindness; for if the excited fools hadn't let go all holts and made that rush to get a look, we'd a slept in our cravats to-night—cravats warranted to wear, too—longer than we'd need 'em."
They was still a minute—thinking—then the king says, kind of absent-minded like :
" Mf! And we reckoned the niggers stole it !"
That made me squirm !
"Yes," says the duke, kinder slow, and deliberate, and sarcastic, " We did."
After about a half a minute, the king drawls out:
" Leastways—1 did."
The duke says, the same way :
" On the contrary—I did."
The king kind of ruffles up, and says :
" Looky here, Bilge water, what'r you referrin' to ? "
The duke says, pretty brisk :
"When it comes to that, maybe you'll let me ask, what was you referring to ? "