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Tom Sawyer: Chapter 33
The poor unfortunate had starved to death. In one place, near
at hand, a stalagmite had been slowly growing up from the ground
for ages, builded by the water-drip from a stalactite overhead.
The captive had broken off the stalagmite, and upon the stump had
placed a stone, wherein he had scooped a shallow hollow to catch
the precious drop that fell once in every three minutes with the
dreary regularity of a clock-tick -- a dessertspoonful once in
four and twenty hours. That drop was falling when the Pyramids
were new; when Troy fell; when the foundations of Rome were laid
when Christ was crucified; when the Conqueror created