The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I WANTED to go and look at a place right about the middle of the island that I'd
found when I was exploring; so we started and soon got to it, because the island
was only three miles long and a quarter of a mile wide.
This place was a tolerable long, steep hill or ridge about forty foot high. We had a
rough time getting to the top, the sides was so steep and the bushes so thick. We
tramped and clumb around all over it, and by and by found a good big cavern in
the rock, most up to the top on the side towards Illinois. The cavern was as big
as two or three rooms bunched together, and Jim could stand up straight in it. It
was cool in there. Jim was for putting our traps in there right away, but I said we
didn't want to be climbing up and down there all the time.
Jim said if we had the canoe hid in a good place, and had all the traps in the
cavern, we could rush there if anybody was to come to the island, and they would
never find us without dogs. And, besides, he said them little birds had said it was
going to rain, and did I want the things to get wet?
So we went back and got the canoe, and paddled up abreast the cavern, and
lugged all the traps up there. Then we hunted up a place close by to hide the
canoe in, amongst the thick willows. We took some fish off of the lines and set
them again, and begun to get ready for dinner.
The door of the cavern was big enough to roll a hogshead in, and on one side of
the door the floor stuck out a little bit, and was flat and a good place to build a fire
on. So we built it there and cooked dinner.
We spread the blankets inside for a carpet, and eat our dinner in there. We put
all the other things handy at the back of the cavern. Pretty soon it darkened up,
and begun to thunder and lighten; so the birds was right about it. Directly it begun