Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tending the Classics- 42 Days with Huck Finn 11:42

Who twas, that killed Huck Finn: Jim? Pa?
Rumors fly high,
Huck hears

Huck's hands shake, as he hears story.
Jackson Island search,
Torched eyes of mob look for Huck.

Huck rekons, I'll rest a while,
and I'll go on.  
Mr. Dark, 
don't scare.

Bless you, child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way. And when you throw at a rat or anything, hitch yourself up a tiptoe and fetch your hand up over your head as awkward as you can, and miss your rat about six or seven foot. Throw stiff-armed from the shoulder, like there was a pivot there for it to turn on, like a girl; not from the wrist and elbow, with your arm out to one side, like a boy. And, mind you, when a girl tries to catch anything in her lap she throws her knees apart; she don't clap them together, the way you did when you catched the lump of lead. Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.

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