Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Christmas of Negroes
So, my brethren, he found a horny cat from the bush beside grave. He took the cat from the back, but alas! - cat´s little bighorns started to grow and one of them pointed to glittering treasure. Dick checked it personally - there were nine thousand dollars. And all in this half-abandoned grave-yard.
On the next morning Dick was completely rich. But he still kept quiet. And there was this vile massa, came to him and asketh: "How do you do, you negro scum?" Old Dick made solemn face and answered: "Merry Christmas, massa! How is little massa and little missis, and all de faamly? I feel myself so-so, massa. Neber bery well, but tank God for all his marcies, no worser dan usual!"
"I suppose you are to have a dance there, and a supper too, Dick?" the massa tried.
"Spec so, massa," answered old tricky Dick. "Hear how Isaac, what blongs to massa G, is to be there wi´ his fiddle. Spec how de young folks will get up a dance. Shall hab someping, massa, someping, da say, for keep Christmas."
The Christmas were most important to keep. Bad things not always tempt, and good ones neither. But vicious master said, using old proverbs:
"Ugh, there should be some cowlifting from you last night, some goods were invaded for your Christmas dinin´ table!" And his negro answered immediately:
"O mass Gwin, how can you say dat? Dick no tief. Dick honest nigger. Dick neber teal any ting dat blongs to massa and missis."
Finally, this old Gwine promised:
"Well well well then, I believe you. Here, take this gift, Dick, take those animals gathered some days ago around Rover Hank´s grave and consume them with the other negroes."
Illustration: Priklyucheniya Toma Soyera i Geklberri Finna (TV movie, 1981).