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152             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
the same trial. Walking up last to the boy, he felt of his arms, straightened his hands, and looked at his fingers, and made him jump, to show his agility.
" He an't gwine to be sold widout me!" said the old woman, with passionate eagerness; " he and I goes in a lot together ; I's rail strong yet, Mas'r, and can do heaps o' work, — heaps on it, Mas'r."
" On plantation ?" said Haley, with a contemptuous glance. " Likely story !' and, as if satisfied with his ex­amination, he walked out and looked, and stood with his hands in his pockets, his cigar in his mouth, and his hat cocked on one side, ready for action.
" What think of 'em?" said a man who had been fol­lowing Haley's examination, as if to make up his own mind from it.
" Wal," said Haley, spitting, " I shall put in, I think, for the youngerly ones and the boy."
" They want to sell the boy and the old woman together," said the man.
" Find it a tight pull; — why, she 's an old rack o* bones — not worth her salt."
" You would n't, then ? " said the man.
" Anybody 'd be a fool 't would. She 's half blind, crooked with rheumatis, and foolish to boot."
" Some buys up these yer old critturs, and ses there 's a sight more wear in 'em than a body 'd think," said the man, reflectively.
" No go, 't all," 6aid Haley ; " would n't take her for a present, — fact, — I 've seen, now."
" Wal, 't is kinder pity, now, not to buy her with her son, — her heart seems so sot on him, — s'pose they fling her in cheap."
" Them that's got money to spend that ar way, it's all well enough. I shall bid off on that ar boy for a planta­tion-hand ; — would n't be bothered with her, noway, —» not if they 'd give her to me," said Haley.
" She '11 take on desp't," said the man.