Then she would gather it to her heart and pour out her love upon it in a frenzy of kisses, moaning, crying, and saying, "Dey sha'n't, oh, dey sha'nt'!'--yo' po' mammy will kill you fust!"
Oh, I got to do it, yo' po' mammy's got to kill you to save you, honey." She gathered her baby to her bosom now, and began to smother it with caresses.
Dey ain't no man kin ever sell mammy's po' little honey down de river now!"
At first there was a little peevish cry of "mammy", and an effort to regain the pillowing arm and bosom; but mammy's ear was deaf, and the pillow seemed to be slipping away backward.
It clung round his neck, and burst louder and louder into that mingling of inarticulate cries with "mammy" by which little children express the bewilderment of waking.
As soon as he had opened it, there was the cry of "mammy" again, which Silas had not heard since the child's first hungry waking.
He hasn't any faults much, and is charming and sweet, like Buffalo Bill, and Thunder-Bird, and Mammy
Dorcas, and Soldier Boy, and Shekels, and Potter, and Sour-Mash, and - well, they're ALL that, just angels, as you may say.
"Yes, my youngster; so that in that country you'd be toddling after your mammy
yet, and that old chap yonder, who looks about fifty, would only be a little shaver of four and a half."
So I interviewed my Mammy
Jennie, my old nurse at whose black breast I had suckled.
He began to talk early, remembered everything he heard, and his mammy
said he `wasn't all wrong.' She named him Samson, because he was blind, but on the plantation he was known as `yellow Martha's simple child.' He was docile and obedient, but when he was six years old he began to run away from home, always taking the same direction.
The moon rays, streaming in through the open door and windows, gave what light was needed to the old black mammy
who stood at the table concocting a tisane of fragrant herbs.
The child suddenly becoming animated, chattered away in her baby language, something about "mammy
" and that "mammy
would beat her," and about some cup that she had "bwoken." The child chattered on without stopping.