Uncle tom's cabin - online children's book

Complete unabridged version in one volume

Home Main Menu Order Support About Search

Share page  

Previous Contents Next

58              UNCLE TOMS CABIN; OR
Did n't say dat! " said he, suddenly catching his breath, with a ludicrous flourish of apprehension, which made his mistress laugh, spite of herself. M Yes, Missis, I '11 look out for de hosses ! "
" Now, Andy," said Sam, returning to his stand under the beech-tree, " you see I would n't be 't all surprised if dat ar gen'l'man's crittur should gib a fling, by and by, when he comes to be a-gettin' up. You know, And}r, critturs will do such things ; " and therewith Sam poked Andy in the side, in a highly suggestive manner.
" Hi! " said Andy, with an air of instant apprecia­tion.
" Yes, you see, Andy, Missis wants to make time, — dat ar 's clar to der most or'nary 'bserver. I jis make a little for her. Now, you see, get all dese yer hosses loose, caperin' permiscus round dis yer lot and clown to de wood dar, and I spec Mas'r won't be off in a hurry."
Andy grinned.
"Yer see," said Sam, "yer see, Andy, if any such thing should happen as that Mas'r Haley's horse should begin to act contrary, and cut up, you and I jist lets go of our'n to help him, and we ''ll help him, — oh, yes!' And Sam and Andy laid their heads back on their shoulders, and broke into a low, immoderate laugh, snapping their fingers and flourishing their heels with exquisite delight.
At this instant, Haley appeared on the veranda. Some­what mollified by certain cups of very good coffee, he came out smiling and talking, in tolerably restored hu­mor. Sam and Andy, clawing for certain fragmentary palm-leaves, which they were in the habit of considering as hats, flew to the horse-posts, to be ready to "help Mas'r."
Sam's palm-leaf had been ingeniously disentangled from all pretensions to braid, as respects its brim; and the sliv­ers starting apart, and standing upright, gave it a blazing air of freedom and defiance, quite equal to that of any Fejee chief; while the whole brim of Andy's being de-