The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn HTML version

Chapter 21
IT was after sun-up now, but we went right on and didn't tie up. The king and the
duke turned out by and by looking pretty rusty; but after they'd jumped overboard
and took a swim it chippered them up a good deal. After breakfast the king he
took a seat on the corner of the raft, and pulled off his boots and rolled up his
britches, and let his legs dangle in the water, so as to be comfortable, and lit his
pipe, and went to getting his Romeo and Juliet by heart. When he had got it
pretty good him and the duke begun to practice it together. The duke had to learn
him over and over again how to say every speech; and he made him sigh, and
put his hand on his heart, and after a while he said he done it pretty well; "only,"
he says, "you mustn't bellow out ROMEO! that way, like a bull -- you must say it
soft and sick and languishy, so -- R-o-o-meo! that is the idea; for Juliet's a dear
sweet mere child of a girl, you know, and she doesn't bray like a jackass."
Well, next they got out a couple of long swords that the duke made out of oak
laths, and begun to practice the sword fight -- the duke called himself Richard III.;
and the way they laid on and pranced around the raft was grand to see. But by
and by the king tripped and fell overboard, and after that they took a rest, and
had a talk about all kinds of adventures they'd had in other times along the river.
After dinner the duke says:
"Well, Capet, we'll want to make this a first-class show, you know, so I guess
we'll add a little more to it. We want a little something to answer encores with,
"What's onkores, Bilgewater?"
The duke told him, and then says: