By and by, when it was away late in the night and all the sounds was late sounds and solemn, Tom nudged me and whispers to me to look, and I done it, and there we see a man poking around in the yard like he didn't know just what he wanted to do, but it was pretty dim and we couldn't see him good.
We waited a long time, but he didn't come back any more, or if he did he come around the other way; so at last we was tuckered out and went to sleep and had nightmares, a million of them.
"Tom, I don't like to fool around
much where there's dead people.
Has a bad trick of whirling around
without cause It's his idea of a joke on his rider.
Without any haste but with amazing strength, Hannah Cox leaned over, and, with her arms around
his middle, lifted him sheer up into the air.
The little ant-- observing that I was noticing--turned him on his back, sunk his fangs into his throat, lifted him into the air and started vigorously off with him, stumbling over little pebbles, stepping on the spider's legs and tripping himself up, dragging him backward, shoving him bodily ahead, dragging him up stones six inches high instead of going around
them, climbing weeds twenty times his own height and jumping from their summits--and finally leaving him in the middle of the road to be confiscated by any other fool of an ant that wanted him.
She threw her arms around
her lover's neck, and said, ere she kissed him:
So he walked forward to the tree, but just as he came under the first branches they bent down and twined around
him, and the next minute he was raised from the ground and flung headlong among his fellow travelers.
Let them HEAR me chattering and sighing with winter-cold, all those poor squinting knaves around
No howling chorus of mutts such as Kingman used to carry around
with him, but a real singer, a soloist.
and over it whirled, this way and that, and a few moments later the chicken-coop dropped far away into the sea, where the big waves caught it and slid it up-hill to a foaming crest and then down-hill into a deep valley, as if it were nothing more than a plaything to keep them amused.
It was pretty close to the shanty, and I thought I heard the old man coming all the time; but I got her hid; and then I out and looked around
a bunch of willows, and there was the old man down the path a piece just drawing a bead on a bird with his gun.