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194                          Tom Sawyer, Detective
That graveled him, and he says:
" Huck Finn, I never see such a person as you to want to spoil everything. As long as you can't see anything hopeful in a thing, you won't let anybody else. What good can it do you to throw cold water on that corpse and get up that selfish theory that there ain't been any murder? None in the world. I don't see how you can act so. I wouldn't treat you like that, and you know it. Here we've got a noble good opportunity to make a ruputation, and — "
" Oh, go ahead," I says. " I'm sorry, and I take it all back. I didn't mean nothing. Fix it any way you want it. He ain't any consequence to me. If he's killed, I'm as glad of it as you are; and if he—"
" I never said anything about being glad ; I only—"
"Well, then, I'm as sorry as you are. Any way you druther have it, that is the way I druther have it. He—"
" There ain't any druthers about it, Huck Finn; no­body said anything about druthers. And as for—"
He forgot he was talking, and went tramping along, studying. He begun to get excited again, and pretty soon he says:                             
" Huck, it '11 be the bulliest" thing that ever happened if we find the body after everybody else has quit look­ing, and then go ahead and hunt up the murderer. It won't only be an honor to us, but it '11 be an honor to Uncle Silas because it was us that done it. It '11 set him up again, you see if it don't."
But Old Jeff Hooker he throwed cold water on the