So, in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us. I had to skip around a bit, and jump and crack my heels a few times, I couldn’t help it; but about the third crack, I noticed a sound that I knowed mighty well – and held my breath and listened and waited – and sure enough, when the next flash busted out over the water, here they come! – and just a laying to their oars and making their skiff hum! It was the king and the duke.
– Mark Twain