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Then there was 'Ole Boatswain,' the coon dog, lazily napping in the door—barking at the treed coon in his sleep; then there were the 'tater ridges' and the pumpkins and the cotton patches; then there were the cackling hens and the pullets, the ducks and geese and guinea-fowls; the eggs that Hannah and Clarissa and Melinda had counted a Pg 16 score of times, and knew to a four pence a' penny how much they would fetch in the town; and 'dere was de wagin wid ole Bob an' ole Pete wid pinted yeares, chawin' de bit same as it were fodder, ready to dash off fore dey wus ready;' and there were the inventoried assets in trade, 'free forfs Hanna's and two forfs Melinda's and seben forfs Clarissy's,' all tumbled in disorder, live stock and dead stock.
...All de day long pore old missis would walk up und down de piazzy a peekin' froo de trees und axin' me ef I spishioned he was gwine to git kilt, und den when she heerd dat our fokeses had fit de battle of Manassy, me und ole missis sot up all night long, jes a watchin' fer Mars Harry to ride back lak he rid off; but no Mars Harry neber didn't come back twell one rainy, grizzly night me und ole missis heerd a clatter down de road, und den we heerd somebody say, 'Wo!