THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
I says :
" What do we want of a moat, when we're going to snake him out from under the cabin ? "
But he never heard me. He had forgot me and everything else. He had his chin in his hand, thinking. Pretty soon, he sighs, and shakes his head; then sighs again, and says :
" No, it wouldn't do—there ain't necessity enough for it."
" For what ?" I says.
" Why, to saw Jim's leg off," he says.
i Good land !" I says, "why, there ain't no necessity for it. And what
would you want to saw his leg off for, anyway ? "
"Well, some of the best authorities has done it. They couldn't get the chain off, so they just cut their hand off, and shoved. And a leg would be better still. But we got to let that go. There ain't necessity enough in this case ; and besides, Jim's a nigger and wouldn't understand the reasons for it, and how it's the custom in Europe ; so we'll let it go. But there's one thing—he can have a rope-ladder; we can tear up our sheets and make him a rope-ladder easy enough. And we can send it to him in a pie ; it's mostly done that way. And Pve et worse pies."
" Why, Tom Sawyer, how you talk," I says ; " Jim ain't got no use for a rope-ladder."