De niggers 'lowed a wolf had bit her. The story opens with John being rustled from a nap by harsh voices raised in bitter argument. Dey ain' nuffin pertickler de matter wid 'im - leastways de doctor say so - 'cep'n' a tech er de rheumatiz; but his ha'r is all fell out, en ef he don't pick up his strenk mighty soon, I spec' I'm gwine ter lose 'im. Den he stirred some more roots in de pot, en it rained en rained 'tel de water run down de ribber bank en wash' Dan's life-cha'm inter de ribber, en de bottle went bobbin' down de current des ez onconsarned ez ef it wa'n't takin' po' Dan's chances all 'long wid it. He sot de vimya'd out ober ag'in, but it wuz th'ee er fo' year befo' de vimes got ter b'arin' any scuppernon's. I hopes you er well? W'en dey commence' ter climb de hill ter de sawmill, de log broke loose, en roll down de hill en in 'mongs' de trees, en hit tuk nigh 'bout half a day mo' ter git it haul' up ter de sawmill.
He had not pleased the lady, and he did not seem to understand why. De jay-bird hung roun' Dan fer a week er so, en one day he seed Dan go down by de ribber en look at a live-oak tree; en den de jay-bird went back ter his marster, en tol' 'im he 'spec' de nigger kep' his life-cha'm under dat tree. Brodhead has given us an excellent basis on which to continue the reinterpretation of Chesnutt that is underway. De mule tuk it all, en 'peared ter be ez 'umble ez a mule could be; but w'en dey wuz makin' de turn at de een' er de row, one er de plough-lines got under de mule's hin' leg. En ernudder thing w'at proves de tale 'bout dis ole Primus is de way he goes on ef anybody ax' him how he come by dat club-foot.
Without giving away too much, Julius may be just a freed slave but he's wily as any fox. You come out ter my plantation ter-morrer en look ober my niggers, en pick out de one you wants. En w'en you git done, come back heah en I'll tu'n you ter yo'se'f ag'in, so you kin go home en git yo' night's res'. Little Mose stayed roun' 'tel late in de ebenin', en den flewed back ez hard ez he could ter Aun' Peggy. En den Aun' Peggy tuk de goopher off'n her, en she got well, en stayed on de plantation, en raise' her pickaninny. There had been a vineyard of some extent on the place, but it had not been attended to since the war, and had lapsed into utter neglect. Chloe 'mence' ter pick up a little w'en ole mis' tol' her 'bout dis letter.
Does you 'member dat club-footed man w'at hilt de hoss fer you de yuther day w'en you was gittin' out'n de rockaway down ter Mars Archie McMillan's sto'? It sold so well that Houghton Mifflin released two more books by Chesnutt the following year. Tenie tried ter make some 'scuse fer ter git away en hide 'tel night, w'en she would have eve'ything fix' up fer her en Sandy; she say she wanter go ter her cabin fer ter git her bonnet. Outdoor work was suspended, and I spent most of the day at the house, looking over my accounts and bringing up some arrears of correspondence. Den one er de nigger chilluns runned away fum de quarters one day, en got in de scuppernon's, en died de nex' week. The slave is thus left incomplete, suffering from a clubfoot for the rest of his life which he did have before the conjuring. Chesnutt has continued to captivate audiences for a century.
This is nice book of tall tales of working roots and goopeh mixtures in order to get love, reveng This may have been a forerunner for that discredited movement called Ebonics. Fus' Sis' Becky didn' notice 'im much, but dis mawkin'-bird kep' stayin' roun' de house all day, en bimeby Sis' Becky des' magine' dat mawkin'-bird wuz her little Mose crowin' en crowin', des lack he useter do w'en his mammy would come home at night fum de cotton-fiel'. Has you be'n gittin' 'long any better on de plantation? I doan know; dey wa'n't no hams on de plantation 'cep'n' w'at 'uz in de smoke-house, but I never see Henry 'bout de smoke-house. He gave us a cordial invitation to come and visit him while we looked into the matter. As Julius finished his story and we rose to seek shelter within doors, the blast caught the angle of some chimney or gable in the rear of the house, and bore to our ears a long, wailing note, an epitome, as it were, of remorse and hopelessness. Solomon 'mence' ter 'spec' dat Aun' Peggy's cunj'ation had be'n wukkin' monst'us strong.
When de vimes fresh' up a bit, Henry'd git peart ag'in, en when de vimes wither' ag'in, Henry'd git ole ag'in, en des kep' gittin' mo' en mo' fitten fer nufffin; he des pined away, en pined away, en fine'ly tuk ter his cabin; en when de big vime whar he got de sap ter 'n'int his head withered en turned yaller en died, Henry died too, - des went out sorter like a cannel. She became the victim of a settled melancholy, attended with vague forebodings of impending misfortune. One day my wife requested me to build her a new kitchen. But ole mis' say, no, Chloe ain' dat kin'er gal, en dat Mars' Dugal' sh'd buy Jeff back. W'en ole mis' come out in de cool er de ebenin', en seed w'at Hannibal had done, she wuz mos' crazy, en she wrote a note en sont Hannibal down ter de oberseah wid it.
En w'en she seed Jeff jump up en run to'ds dat 'oman, en th'ow his a'ms roun' her neck, po' Chloe didn' stop ter see no mo', but des tu'nt roun' en run up ter de house, en rush' up on de piazzer, en up en tol' Mars' Dugal' en ole mis' all 'bout de baby doll, en all 'bout Jeff gittin' de goopher fum Aun' Peggy, en 'bout w'at de goopher had done ter Hannibal. But somehow er nudder dey couldn' nebber ketch none er de niggers. The Chesnutt family remained in Cleveland until 1866 and then moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dis yer peth head is Hannibal's head, en dese yer pepper feet is Hannibal's feet. We approached him at an angle from the rear, and were close to him before he perceived us.
Den dat Yankee made de niggers fix up a mixtry er lime en ashes en manyo, en po' it 'roun' de roots er de grapevimes. My head is all kin' er mix' up. Search conjure woman and thousands of other words in English definition and synonym dictionary from Reverso. He tuk a lackin' ter Mars Marrabo McSwayne's oldes' gal, Miss Libbie, en useter go ober dere eve'y day er eve'y ebenin', en folks said dey wuz gwine ter git married sho'. He tried ter 'count fer de shape er Primus' foot by sayin' Primus got his foot smash', er snake-bit, er sump'n, w'iles he wuz erway, en den stayed out in de woods whar he couldn' git it kyoed up straight, 'stidder comin' long home whar a doctor could 'a' 'tended ter it. He wuz a peart ole nigger, do', en could do a big day's wuk. It occurred to me that I might find what I wanted in some one of our own Southern States.
One end of the log was already occupied by a venerable looking colored man. I thought I discharged him yesterday for good and all. In the tradition of Uncle Remus, the conjure tale listens in on a poor black southerner, speaking strong dialect, as he recounts a local incident to a transplanted northerner for the northerner's enlightenment and edification. Dyoin' all er dis time, mind yer, dis yer Yankee wuz libbin' off'n de fat er de lan', at de big house, en playin' kya'ds wid Mars Dugal' eve'y night; en dey say Mars Dugal'los' mo'n a thousan' dollars dyoin' er de week dat Yankee wuz a-ruinin' de grapevimes. I heared a little 'bout dat quare noo nigger las' night, en it wuz des too redik'lus. En Dan des had ter hide in de weeds, en grit his teef en hol' hisse'f in, 'tel she passed out'n her mis'ry, callin' fer Dan ter de las', en wond'rin' w'y he didn' come en he'p her. It allows the reader to see how the original volume was created, how an African American author negotiated with the tastes of the dominant literary culture of the late nineteenth century, and how that culture both promoted and delimited his work.
I found that grape-culture, while it had never been carried on to any great extent, was not entirely unknown in the neighborhood. She useter slip 'roun' at night, en set on de kitchen steps, en lean up agin de do'jamb, en run on ter herse'f wid some kine er foolishness w'at nobody couldn' make out; for Mars Marrabo had th'eaten' ter sen' her off'n de plantation ef she say anythin ter any er de yuther niggers 'bout de pine-tree. The title character, Aunt Peggy, also takes center stage and becomes one of the first depictions of a conjure woman that challenges the stigma of spiritually efficacious women so deeply ingrained in Western culture. The mare, I might add, was never known to balk again. Mars Jeems's oberseah wuz a po' w'ite man name' Nick Johnson, - de niggers called 'im Mars Johnson ter his face, but behin' his back dey useter call 'im Ole Nick, en de name suited 'im ter a T. But you better stop her, er e'se you'll be rid ter def in a mont' er so. But dat fall de craps wuz monst'us big, so Mars Dugal' say de Lawd had temper' de win' ter de sho'n ram, en make up ter 'im fer w'at he had los'.