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Tom Sawyer Abroad                              15
" A crusade is a war to recover the Holy Land from the paynim."
" Which Holy Land?''
" Why, the Holy Land — there ain't but one."
" What do we want of it?"
" Why, can't you understand? It's in the hands of the paynim, and it's our duty to take it away from them."
" How did we come to let them git hold of it?"
" We didn't come to let them git hold of it. They always had it."
" Why, Tom, then it must belong to them, don't it?"
" Why of course it does. Who said it didn't?"
I   studied over it, but couldn't seem to git at the right of it, no way. I says:
"  It's too many for me, Tom Sawyer. If I had a farm and it was mine, and another person wanted it, would it be right for him to—"
" Oh, shucks! you don't know enough to come in when it rains, Huck Finn. It ain't a farm, it's entirely different. You see, it's like this. They own the land, just the mere land, and that's all they do own; but it was our folks, our Jews and Christians, that made it holy, and so they haven't any business to be there defiling it. It's a shame, and we ought not to stand it a minute. We ought to march against them and take it away from them."
" Why, it does seem to me it's the most mixed-up thing I ever see! Now, if I had a farm and another person—"