By William Dean Howells

Centering on a clash among a self-made millionaire and an idealistic reformer in turn-of-the-twentieth-century long island, A risk of latest Fortunes insightfully renders the complexities of the yankee adventure at a time of serious social and monetary upheaval and transformation. In its depiction of wealth, poverty, and manhattan urban lifestyles, it continues to be a strikingly modern work.

Reproduced this is the authoritative Indiana collage Press variation edited and annotated via David J. Nordloh, with complete scholarly remark and huge textual gear.

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The first thing she did when she got back from the country was to begin to object to me being a pirate—because some of her kin is down on pirates I reckon—though she said it was because I would be away from home so much. A likely story, indeed—if she knowed anything about pirates she'd know that they go and come just whenever they please, which other people can't. Well I'll be a pirate now, in spite of all the girls in the world. And next 18 Boy's Manuscript she didn't want me to be a deck hand on a steamboat, or else it was a judge she didn't want me to be, because one of them wasn't respectable, she didn't know which—some more bosh from relations I reckon.

About three mile out in the woods, amongst the hills, there was an old tumble-down log house that used to be lived in, some time or other when people cut timber there, and we found it on a coon hunt one night, but nobody ever went there, now. So we let on it was infested with pirates and robbers, and we laid in the woods all one rainy night, perfectly still, 38 Huck and Tom among the Indians and not showing fire or a light; and just before dawn we crept up pretty close and then sprung out, whooping and yelling, and took it by surprise, and never lost a man, Tom said, and was awful proud of it, though I couldn't see no sense in all that trouble and bother, because we could a took it in the day time just as well, there warn't nobody there.

All fol-de-rol. " Huck and Tom among the Indians 35 "Ole Missus! The widow Douglas! Much she knows about it. " "Just as I expected. She don't know what she's talking about. " "All right, so he has. " "Yes, sir! Why, Mars Tom, he—" "Very well, then. Has he been skinned? " Jim see Tom had him. He couldn't say a word. Tom Sawyer was the keenest boy for laying for a person and just leading him along by the nose without ever seeming to do it till he got him where he couldn't budge and then bust his arguments all to flinders I ever see.

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