The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn HTML version

Chapter 8
THE sun was up so high when I waked that I judged it was after eight o'clock. I
laid there in the grass and the cool shade thinking about things, and feeling
rested and ruther comfortable and satisfied. I could see the sun out at one or two
holes, but mostly it was big trees all about, and gloomy in there amongst them.
There was freckled places on the ground where the light sifted down through the
leaves, and the freckled places swapped about a little, showing there was a little
breeze up there. A couple of squirrels set on a limb and jabbered at me very
I was powerful lazy and comfortable -- didn't want to get up and cook breakfast.
Well, I was dozing off again when I thinks I hears a deep sound of "boom!" away
up the river. I rouses up, and rests on my elbow and listens; pretty soon I hears it
again. I hopped up, and went and looked out at a hole in the leaves, and I see a
bunch of smoke laying on the water a long ways up -- about abreast the ferry.
And there was the ferryboat full of people floating along down. I knowed what
was the matter now. "Boom!" I see the white smoke squirt out of the ferryboat's
side. You see, they was firing cannon over the water, trying to make my carcass
come to the top.
I was pretty hungry, but it warn't going to do for me to start a fire, because they
might see the smoke. So I set there and watched the cannon-smoke and listened
to the boom. The river was a mile wide there, and it always looks pretty on a
summer morning -- so I was having a good enough time seeing them hunt for my
remainders if I only had a bite to eat. Well, then I happened to think how they
always put quicksilver in loaves of bread and float them off, because they always
go right to the drownded carcass and stop there. So, says I, I'll keep a lookout,
and if any of them's floating around after me I'll give them a show. I changed to