I judged I had done it pretty neat – I reckoned Tom Sawyer couldn’t a done it no neater himself. Of course he would a throwed more style into it, but I can’t do that very handy, not being brung up to it.
– Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 28. Huck is after using a little lying and trickery to upset the Duke and King’s plans. But in spite of his own successes he feels interior to Tom with regard to his ability to deceive.