One would think that the devil had broke loose today. What is it, John ? Have you seen him, and has Susan seen him ?
Hes stopped you jaw, then, at all events, and I thought the devil himself wouldnt have done thatwe shall get nothing of you. Is that wench coming to her senses ?
Yes, yes, shes better now.Susan, whats the matter ?
Oh, oh, maam ! the well, the well
The well ! Something wrong there, I suppose : well, I will go and see.
The farmer trotted off to the well ; he perceived the bucket was at the bottom and all the rope out ; he looked about him, and then he looked into the well. Jack, who had become very impatient, had been looking up some time for the assistance which he expected would have come sooner ; the round face of the farmer occasioned a partial eclipse of the round disk which bounded his view, just as one of the satellites of Jupiter sometimes obscures the face of the planet round which he revolves.
Here I am, cried Jack, get me up quick, or I shall be dead; and what Jack said was true, for he was quite done up by having been so long down, although his courage had not failed him.
Dang it, but there be somebody fallen into the well, cried the farmer; no end to mishaps this day. Well, we must get a Christian out of a well afore we get a bull out of a sawpit, so Ill go call the men.
In a very short time the men who were assembled round the sawpit were brought to the well.
Down below there, hold on now.
Never fear, cried Jack.
Away went the winch, and once more Jack had an extended horizon to survey. As soon as he was at the top, the men hauled him over the bricks and laid him down upon the ground, for Jacks strength had failed him.
Dang it, if it beant that chap who was on my appletree, cried the farmerhowsomever, he must not die for stealing a few apples; lift him up, lads, and take him inhe is dead with coldno wonder.
The farmer led the way, and the men carried Jack into the house, when the farmer gave him a glass of brandy; this restored Jacks circulation, and in a short time he was all right again.
After some previous conversation, in which Jack narrated all that had happened, What may be your name? inquired the farmer.
My name is Easy, replied Jack.
What, be you the son of Mr. Easy, of Forest Hill?
Dang it, he be my landlord, and a right good landlord toowhy didnt you say so when you were up in the appletree? You might have picked the whole orchard and welcome.
My dear sir, replied Jack, who had taken a second glass of brandy, and was quite talkative again, let this be a warning to you, and when a man proposes to argue the point, always, in future, listen. Had you waited, I would have proved to you most incontestably that you had no more right to the apples than
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