Tempest and Sunshine (Chapter 9, page 1 of 6)


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Chapter 9

Among Mr. Middleton's negroes there was a boy twelve years of age whose
name was Bob. On the morning following the incidents narrated in the last
chapter, Bob was sent up to make a fire for "the young marsters." He had
just coaxed the coal and kindlings into a blaze, when Raymond awoke, and
spying the negro, called out, "Hello, there! Tom, Dick, Harry, what may be
your name?"

"My name is Bob, sar."

"Oh, Bob is it? Bob what? Have you no other name?"

"No, sar, 'cept it's Marster Josh. I 'longs to him."

"Belong to Master Josh, do you? His name isn't Josh, it is Joshua."

"Yes, marster."

"Well, then, Bob, if his name is Joshua, what must yours be?" said
Raymond.

"Dun know, unless it's Bobaway," answered the negro, with a broad grin.

"Bobaway! That's rich," said Raymond, laughing heartily at the rapid
advancement of his pupil.

After a moment's pause, he again called out, "I say, Bobaway, did it snow
last night?"

"No, sar, it didn't snow; it done frosted," said Bob.

"Done frosted, hey?" said Raymond. "You're a smart boy, Bob. What'll you
sell yourself for?"

"Dun know; hain't nothing to sell 'cept my t'other hat and a bushel of
hickory-nuts," answered Bob; "but I reckon how marster ax about five
hundred, 'case I's right spry when I hain't got the rheumatiz."

"Got the rheumatiz, have you, Bob? Where?"

"In my belly, sar," answered Bob. Here the young men burst into a loud
laugh, and Raymond said, "Five hundred is cheap, Bob; I'll give more than
that."

Bob opened his large white eyes to their utmost extent, and looking keenly
at Raymond slowly quitted the room. On reaching the kitchen he told Aunt
Judy, who was his mother, "that ef marster ever acted like he was goin'
for to sell him to that ar chap, what poked fun at him, he'd run away,
sartin."

"And be cotched and git shet up," said Aunt Judy.

"I'd a heap rather be shet up 'tarnally than to 'long to anybody 'sides
Marster Josh," said Bob.

During breakfast Mr. Middleton suddenly exclaimed, while looking at
Stanton, "I've been tryin' ever since you've been here to think who you
look like, and I've jest thought. It's Dr. Lacey."

"Who, sir?" said Stanton in some surprise.

"Dr. Lacey. D'ye know him?" asked Mr. Middleton.

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