A bit of a background – I was reading this ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ (A Mark Twain classic).. and reached this part where Huck is telling his slave ‘Jim’ about kings in the Europe. Jim gets pretty mad at King Solomon, so Huck changes the topic to the kings who left their country and travelled to America. Jim then asks a very simple question. ‘ What do they do if they dont have any kingdom and all ?’ the rest of the conversation between Huck and Jim is below –
….some says he got out and got away, and come to America.’
‘Dat’s good! But he’ll be pooty lonesome — dey ain’ no kings here, is dey, Huck?’
‘No.’‘Well, I don’t know. Some of them gets on the police, and some of them learns people how to talk French.’
‘Why, Huck, doan’ de French people talk de same way we does?’
‘NO, Jim; you couldn’t understand a word they said — not a single word.’
‘Well, now, I be ding-busted! How do dat come?’
‘I don’t know; but it’s so. I got some of their jabber out of a book. S’pose a man was to come to you and say Polly-voo-franzy — what would you think?’
‘I wouldn’ think nuff’n; I’d take en bust him over de head — dat is, if he warn’t white. I wouldn’t ‘low no nigger to call me dat.’
‘Shucks, it ain’t calling you anything. It’s only saying, do you know how to talk French?’
‘Well, den, why couldn’t he SAY it?’
‘Why, he IS a-saying it. That’s a Frenchman’s WAY of saying it.’
‘Well, it’s a blame ridicklous way, en I doan’ want to hear no mo’ ‘bout it. Dey ain’ no sense in it.’
‘Looky here, Jim; does a cat talk like we do?’
‘No, a cat don’t.’
‘Well, does a cow?’
‘No, a cow don’t, nuther.’
‘Does a cat talk like a cow, or a cow talk like a cat?’
‘No, dey don’t.’
‘It’s natural and right for ‘em to talk different from each other, ain’t it?’
‘And ain’t it natural and right for a cat and a cow to talk different from US?’
‘Why, mos’ sholy it is.’
‘Well, then, why ain’t it natural and right for a FRENCHMAN to talk different from us? You answer me that.’
‘Is a cat a man, Huck?’
‘Well, den, dey ain’t no sense in a cat talkin’ like a man. Is a cow a man? — er is a cow a cat?’
‘No, she ain’t either of them.’
‘Well, den, she ain’t got no business to talk like either one er the yuther of ‘em. Is a Frenchman a man?’
‘WELL, den! Dad blame it, why doan’ he TALK like a man? You answer me DAT!’
I see it warn’t no use wasting words — you can’t learn a nigger to argue. So I quit.
hahaha.. I am splitting my ends off laughing !!
I Quit too !!
PS: this is just an excerpt from the book and no offense to anyone/any race is intended !