I nebber did see sick a deuced bug - he kick and he bite ebery ting what cum near him.
Finding that no satisfaction was to be obtained of Jupiter, whose whole intellect seemed to be absorbed by "de bug," I now stepped into the boat and made sail.
This bug is to make my fortune," he continued, with a triumphant smile, "to reinstate me in my family possessions.
I'd rudder not go fer trubble dat bug - you mus git him for your own self.
And will you promise me, upon your honor, that when this freak of yours is over, and the bug business (good God
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.
There was too much to think about, and, also, there were the guards sticking spears into us, and Big-Fat talking about God, and the Bug singing new songs.
Whenever the people grumbled too loudly the Bug sang a new song, and Big-Fat said it was God's word that we should kill Meat- Eaters, and Tiger-Face led us over the divide to kill and be killed.
And the Bug sang another song about men like Split-Nose, who wanted to go back, and live in trees.
Then the Bug sang again, and he sang that Split-Nose was lazy, and he sang also the 'Song of the Bees.
The Bug and I escaped, and I hid in the wildest places, and became a hunter of meat and went hungry no more.