cried the negro, drawing back in dismay - "what for mus tote de bug way up de tree?
All dat done, Massa Will; mighty easy ting for to put de bug fru de hole - look out for him dare below
I made no doubt that the latter had been infected with some of the innumerable Southern superstitions about money buried, and that his phantasy had received confirmation by the finding of the scarabæus, or, perhaps, by Jupiter's obstinacy in maintaining it to be "a bug of real gold.
Perhaps, after all, it was rather a desire than an actual belief; - but do you know that Jupiter's silly words, about the bug being of solid gold, had a remarkable effect upon my fancy?
I suppose," said I, "you missed the spot, in the first attempt at digging, through Jupiter's stupidity in letting the bug fall through the right instead of through the left eye of the skull.
And why did you insist upon letting fall the bug, instead of a bullet, from the skull?