��No, I sha��n��t,��
said Tom, almost crossly, beginning on his own inferior piece.
��There the halfpenny lies,�� he said.
��I don��t want your halfpenny; I wouldn��t
have kept it. But you wanted to cheat; I hate a cheat. I
sha��n��t go along with you any more,�� he
added, turning round homeward, not without casting a regret toward the rat-catching
and other pleasures which he must relinquish along with Bob��s
��I don��t know what she
won��t get ��em to do,�� said Mrs.
Tulliver, ��for my children are so awk��ard
wi�� their aunts and uncles. Maggie��s ten times
naughtier when they come than she is other days, and Tom doesn��t like
��em, bless him! �� though it��s more
nat��ral in a boy than a gell. And there��s Lucy
Dean��s such a good child �� you may set her on a stool,
and there she��llsit for an hour together, and never offer to get off.
I can��t help loving the child as if she was my own; and
I��m sure she��s more like my child than sister
Deane��s, for she��d allays a very poor color for one of
our family, sister Deane had.��
don��t care about a flood comin��,�� said
Bob; ��I don��t mind the water, no more nor the land.
I��d swim, I would.��
Bob took the halfpenny
out of his pocket, and threw it away from him on the ground.
��Well, my dears,�� said aunt Pullet, in a
compassionate voice, ��you grow wonderful fast. I doubt
they��ll outgrow their strength,�� she added, looking
over their heads, with a melancholy expression, at their mother. ��I
think the gell has too much hair. I��d have it thinned and cut
shorter, sister, if I was you; it isn��t good for her health.
It��s that as makes her skin so brown, I shouldn��t
wonder. Don��t you think so, sister Deane?��
��Why, little miss, you��ve made yourself
look very funny,�� said Uncle Pullet, and perhaps he never in his life
made an observation which was felt to be so lacerating.
if you got nothing to eat for ever so long?�� said Tom, his imagination
becoming quite active under the stimulus of that dread. ��When
I��m a man, I shall make a boat with a wooden house on the top of it,
like Noah��s ark, and keep plenty to eat in it �� rabbits
and things �� all ready. And then if the flood came, you know, Bob, I
shouldn��t mind. And I��d take you in, if I saw you
swimming,�� he added, in the tone of a benevolent patron.
��You can��t make me do nothing, you
can��t,�� said Bob.