Young mars wuz in a tarrible hurry fer ter git back home. Tenie offers to turn Sandy into a rabbit, which he declines because dogs might chase him. De man chop a box in dish yer tree, en hack' de bark up two er th'ee feet, fer ter let de tuppentime run. This page is the work of. W'at'll you gimme fer dat nigger baby? But dey didn' none un 'em do no good. Jeems discovers whats going on, gives Solomon forty lashes, and sends the girl to the Robeson County plantation.
To save expense, I decided to tear down the old schoolhouse, and use the lumber, which was in a good state of preservation, in the construction of the new kitchen. The Chesnutt family remained in Cleveland until 1866 and then moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina. You's had 'casion ter deal wid tim once, so he knows w'at ter expec'. Tenie wuz gone, en dey wa'n't nobody ner nuffin fer ter watch de tree. Oh, hol' me, honey, hol' me, er I'll laf myse'f ter def.
I lacks you monst'us well. But, if we read it that the couple in the story are anything like the author and his wife, the differences in language become more about class than race. He hadn' mo' d'n swallowed it befo' he 'mence' ter holler. But de beatenes' thing you eber see happen ter Henry. Under the Yankee's advice Dugal has all the dirt dug away from the roots of the vines and has them treated with lime and ashes and mayo, and trims the vines close. We might have driven on, and come back by way of the spring, but there was a bad stretch of road beyond, and we concluded to remain where we were until the spring should be ready.
She suggests mockingbird, but he doesn't want a hawk to catch him. En den I put on a frock en a sun bonnet, en fix' myse'f up ter look lack a 'oman; en w'en Jeff seed me comin', he run ter meet me, en you seed 'im, - fer I'd be'n watchin' in de bushes befo' en 'skivered you comin' down de road. En Mars Marrabo tol' Sandy fer ter git ready ter go down ter Robeson nex' day, fer ter stay a mont' er so. He wuz a peart ole nigger, do', en could do a big day's wuk. Besides, I think the kitchen would look better and last longer if the lumber were all new. He continues to exist because he is still trying to break free of his chains, although it is not something he can manage. By bringing John into contact with Julius, Chesnutt enters John into a more ambiguous activity.
Dey wuz a medder on de plantation whar dey use' ter put de hosses en mules ter pastur'. A week or two later I was called away from home on business. En Aun' Peggy say dat bein' ez Henry didn' know 'bout de goopher, en et de grapes in ign'ance er de conseq'ences, she reckon she mought be able fer ter take de goopher off'n him. En now I reckon you en Jeff bofe knows w'at it means ter mess wid a nigger lack me. We shall overtake her in a few minutes. One day a stranger comes to the plantation - a Yankee - saying that he can make the vineyard produce twice as many grapes as it does, and that with the new wine press he was selling Dugal would make twice as many gallons of wine. But dey's one thing sho', dat w'en Miss Libbie th'owed 'im ober, he foun' out 'bout Solomon en de gal monst'us quick, en gun Solomon fo'ty, en sont de gal down ter de Robeson County plantation, en tol' all de niggers ef he ketch 'em at any mo' sech foolishness, he wuz gwine ter skin 'em alibe en tan dey hides befo' dey ve'y eyes.
Toward the end of our second year, however, 'her ailment took an unexpected turn for the worse. Dat noo nigger int'rusts me, he do, en dat is a fac'. They were walking arm in arm, and their faces were aglow with the light of love. He ax' de po' buckrah whar he got de mule, en de po' buckrah say his brer raise' de mule down on Rockfish Creek. The man wanted a large price for the horse, but finally agreed to accept a much smaller sum, upon payment of which I became possessed of a very fine-looking animal. Little Mose stayed roun' 'tel late in de ebenin', en den flewed back ez hard ez he could ter Aun' Peggy.
Co'se w'en he went ter de races, he tuk his hosses, en co'se he bet on 'is own hosses, en co'se he los' his money; fer Kunnel Pen'leton didn' nebber hab no luck wid his hosses, ef he did keep hisse'f po' projeckin' wid 'em. She had a husban' oncet, a nigger w'at b'longed on de nex' plantation, but de man w'at owned her husban' died, en his lan' en his niggers had ter be sol' fer ter pay his debts. After a little patient investigation, necessary to overcome the child's shyness, we learned what we wished to know, and at the end of about five miles from the town reached our destination. We'll let her stand for a while, and see what she does. The young man, I had remarked, was proud, firm, jealous of the point of honor, and, from my observation of him, quite likely to resent to the bitter end what he deemed a slight or an injustice. The next spring, one of the plantation hands dies and Mars Dugal buys another, who eats from the grapevine before he is told of the goopher, and the overseer takes him to Aunt Peggy the next day to see if she can take the goopher off of him since he at the grapes in ignorance. He kep' gittin' mo' en mo' triflin', 'tel he got de name er bein' de mos' no 'countes' nigger on de plantation, en Mars' Dugal' had ter th'eaten ter sell 'im in de spring, w'en bimeby de goopher quit wukkin', en Hannibal 'mence' ter pick up some en make folks set a little mo' sto' by 'im.
As I say, I felt concerned. Sis' Becky heared sump'n hummin' roun'en roun' her, sweet en low. At the end of the story Uncle Julius has convinced the couple not to tear down the school house. The prospect of a long, dull afternoon was not alluring, and I was glad to have the monotony of Sabbath quiet relieved by a plantation legend. I use' ter go ober dere ter see a 'oman w'at libbed on de plantation; dat 's how I come ter know all erbout it. She had tuk de ha'rs Dan had lef' wid 'er, en a piece er red flannin, en some roots en yarbs, en had put 'em in a little bag made out'n 'coon-skin. When we reached the spring, we found a man engaged in cleaning it out.
There was a shrewdness in his eyes, too, which was not altogether African, and which, as we afterwards learned from experience was indicative of a corresponding shrewdness in his character. He 'spec's ter be gone a long time, suh, en say prob'ly he ain' neber comin' back. I had the hands on the place come up in the evening and serenade her with plantation songs. About half the members have come out from the main body, and set up for themselves. He essentially plays the family, the woman particularly, by telling a ghost story to sway their decision to make a new kitchen. Lori- I never really thought about Uncle Julius being black and that relation to his purpose for telling the ghost story.
But ez I wuz a-sayin', he tuk de ham ober ter Aun' Peggy's; en Aun' Peggy tole 'im dat w'en Mars Dugal' begin ter prune de grapevimes, he mus' go en take 'n scrape off de sap whar it ooze out'n de cut een's er de vimes, en 'n'int his ball head wid it; en ef he do dat once't a year de goopher wouldn' wuk agin 'im long ez he done it. When Henry come ter de plantation, he wuz gittin' a little ole an stiff in de j'ints. En ez he knowed dey hadn' be'n nufffin de matter wid Lightnin' Bug w'en he traded 'im, he 'lowed mebbe he could kyo' 'im en fetch 'im roun' all right, leas' ways good 'nuff ter sell ag'in. I replaced him with a mule, and Julius henceforth had to take his chances of driving some metamorphosed unfortunate. He seed his mammy wukkin' roun' de ya'd, en he could tell fum lookin' at her dat she wuz trouble' in her min' 'bout sump'n, en feelin' kin' er po'ly. The Conjure Woman: Electronic Edition.