The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
WELL, I catched my breath and most fainted. Shut up on a wreck with such a
gang as that! But it warn't no time to be sentimentering. We'd GOT to find that
boat now -- had to have it for ourselves. So we went a-quaking and shaking
down the stabboard side, and slow work it was, too -- seemed a week before we
got to the stern. No sign of a boat. Jim said he didn't believe he could go any
further -- so scared he hadn't hardly any strength left, he said. But I said, come
on, if we get left on this wreck we are in a fix, sure. So on we prowled again. We
struck for the stern of the texas, and found it, and then scrabbled along forwards
on the skylight, hanging on from shutter to shutter, for the edge of the skylight
was in the water. When we got pretty close to the cross-hall door there was the
skiff, sure enough! I could just barely see her. I felt ever so thankful. In another
second I would a been aboard of her, but just then the door opened. One of the
men stuck his head out only about a couple of foot from me, and I thought I was
gone; but he jerked it in again, and says:
"Heave that blame lantern out o' sight, Bill!"
He flung a bag of something into the boat, and then got in himself and set down.
It was Packard. Then Bill HE come out and got in. Packard says, in a low voice:
"All ready -- shove off!"
I couldn't hardly hang on to the shutters, I was so weak. But Bill says:
"Hold on -- 'd you go through him?"
"No. Didn't you?"
"No. So he's got his share o' the cash yet."