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By William Faulkner

A sale of fiery wild ponies, which be ready to get away their corral once they are bought, introduce Flem Snopes, the guy in the back of the sale, to the city of Frenchman's Bend.

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Certain, sir. Flem sho’ should be ashamed,” he repeated. The others sat gravely attentive. Flem chewed implacably, whittling at his stick. (Page 23 of manuscript is lacking) Dewey his part and positioned his knife away. “Seen him run into hit after he met up with Vernon Turpin at the bridge. Knowed he couldn’t git out, and he’d need to flip eround er bounce a 8 foot fence, so me and advert taken and tied our rope acrosst the top of the lane. And putty quickly, yere he come, hell-fer-leatherin’ back off the lane wild as a mad puppy and banged into that ’ere rope. He by no means visible it a-tall, I reckon. ” “Stopped ’im, did it? ” “Bruck his neck,” Eck spoke back laconically. Admiral Dewey delved into the sack and exhumed a last cracker, which he ate slowly. “What you goin’ to do with ’im? ” I. O. Snopes requested with curiosity. “Dunno yit,” Eck responded. “I already skun ’im. Dunno what I’ll do with ’im yit. ” “Give ’im to me, paw,” Admiral Dewey acknowledged. “Which one was once it? ” Flem requested. “The one you got, er the single dollar guv you? ” “The one he guv me,” Eck replied. “I by no means knowed which method the single i purchased went. ” “Give ’im to me, paw,” Admiral Dewey repeated. “I holp to ketch ’im. ” “You relations have the other’n, ef you relations ketch ’im,” his father acknowledged. Jody Varner had known as via Mrs Littlejohn’s to inquire after Henry Armstid, and from there he took a quick lower throughout Mrs Littlejohn’s again backyard and entered his shop from the rear, the place he paused in midstride like a chicken puppy pointing. Then he moved back, with surprising secrecy for one among his flourishing bulk, and during the close to obscurity he stole speedily and handed in the back of the counter and sped on and savagely exhumed a hulking part grown boy from the glass case the place he saved his gaudy sweet. The boy emitted a choked sound of astonishment and alarm, and struggled. yet he stopped nearly right now, and have become slack in Jody’s seize and Jody dragged him unresisting round the counter as I. O. Snopes entered. these sitting and squatting at the veranda craned their necks quietly. “You, Cla’ence,” I. O. Snopes stated. “Aint I tole you and tole you to maintain this dam’ boy outen yere? ” Jody acknowledged, shaking his lax captive. “He’s dang close to et that sweet case fresh. Stan’ up! ” The boy stood, chewing, with a type of static fatalism, with no taking a look at something precisely. “Look at that ’ere sweet case! ” Jody repeated. “Nigh wiped clean out. subsequent factor i do know, he’ll graze on again ther’ and paintings via that lace leather-based and them ringbolts and consume me and also you and him correct on out the again do’. ” Jody published him. “Stan’ up, boy! ” “Git on domestic, Cla’ence,” I. O. stated, and the boy moved towards the again door. “Yere,” Jody stated. “This way,” and jerked his head towards front front, and the boy obeyed. “And if I ketch him hangin’ round yere back, I’m a-goin’ to set a undergo seize fer him. ” The boy crossed the veranda, and Admiral Dewey watched him quietly, and descended the stairs and went on up the line. His scanty overalls undulated tightly throughout his sluggish flabby thighs, and he positioned his hand into his pocket after which lifted it to his mouth.

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