For one night in each year it shall be as it was before the buck
was killed--for thee and for thy children.
If you want meat," I remarked coolly, "go fetch that buck.
If ye yet doubt our power," I went on, "let one of you go stand upon that rock that I may make him as this buck.
Then the rope tightened mercilessly, while Buck struggled in a fury, his tongue lolling out of his mouth and his great chest panting futilely.
The man sprang for his throat, but Buck was too quick for him.
Dazed, suffering intolerable pain from throat and tongue, with the life half throttled out of him, Buck attempted to face his tormentors.
More tormentors, Buck decided, for they were evil-looking creatures, ragged and unkempt; and he stormed and raged at them through the bars.
Buck and his ma and all of them smoked cob pipes, except the nigger woman, which was gone, and the two young women.
Buck said she could rattle off poetry like nothing.
And you will own yourself, Judge, that the buck fell at the last shot, which was sent from a truer and a younger hand than your’n or mine either; but, for my part, although I am a poor man I can live without the venison, but I don’t love to give up my lawful dues in a free country.
It’s far easier to call names than to shoot a buck on the spring; but the creatur came by his end from a younger hand than either your’n or mine, as I said before.
With five, sir,” said the Judge, a little struck with the other’s manner; “are they not enough to slay a buck like this?