DOUBTS TO BE SETTLED,
his age and station in life, in that he imagined that all references to "hundreds" and " thousands " were mere fanciful forms of speech, and that no such sums really existed in the world. He never had supposed for a moment that so large a sum as a hundred dollars was to be found in actual money in any one's posses≠sion. If his notions of hidden treasure had been analyzed, they would have been found to consist of a handful of real dimes and a bushel of vague, splendid, ungraspable dollars.
But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the
attrition of thinking thern over, and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream, after all. This uncertainty must be swept away. He would snatch a hurried breakfast and go and find Huck.
Huck was sitting on the gunwale of a flatboat, listlessly dangling his feet in the water and looking very melancholy. Tom concluded to let Huck lead up to the sub≠ject. If he did not do it, then the adven≠ture would be proved to have been only a dream.
" Hello, Huck ! " " Hello, yourself." Silence, for a minute. " Tom, if we'd a left the blame tools at the dead tree, we'd 'a' got the money. O, ain't it awful! "
" 'Tain't a dream, then, 'tain't a dream ! Somehow I most wish it was. Dog'd if I don't, Huck."
"What ain't a dream? "
"Oh, that thing yesterday. I been half thinking it was."
" Dream ! If them stairs hadn't broke down you'd 'a' seen how much dream it was! I've had dreams enough all nightówith that patch-eyed Spanish devil going for me all through 'emórot him ! " 14