So they did, and that water was just as good as any wine. Then the old man says to Jack, says, "I've done made ye a drill here, Jack. You can take that and stick it down in the middle of the ring that man'll make and your rabbit'll stay in there till it dies; it don't differ how wild he is." He gave Jack a drill shaved out of a stick. It was eight-square like a steel drill and about a foot long.
Jack thanked him and started on again.
Got down to that place where the girls were, Jack hollered the old man out and said he'd come to try for one of his girls.
The man told Jack to come around in the yard, and then he marked out a ring, says, "Now, you put your rabbit down in this ring and if it stays in there thirty minutes, you can take whichever girl you want. And if it don't stay in the ring thirty minutes, I'll kill you. You understand now, do ye?"
Jack said he did, made like he was gain' to turn his rabbit loose.
The man says to him, says, "I'll make ye another proposition; if you can make that rabbit stay in there thirty minutes, I'll just let you kill me and take all the money I got."
Jack went and stuck that drill down in the middle of the ring, and dumped the rabbit out the poke he had it in. The rabbit got up on its feet, saw that drill and took out around it hard as it could go, around and around and around. The old man watched Jack's rabbit a-goin' around in there, and his eyes just stuck out. Walked around the other side the ring, watched it some more. That rabbit ran right on, 'round and 'round the drill. The old man kept takin' out his watch; fin'ly he turned around and went on back in the house.
Told his old woman and the girls, says, "It's my opinion that rabbit is stayin' in there on account of that drill Jack stuck in the ring. One of you go on out there and see can't ye buy that thin' off of Jack."
So the oldest girl she went out, says to Jack, "What'll ye take for that drill, Jack?"
Jack says, "I don't know as I'd want to sell it right now."
"I'll give ye a thousand dollars for it."
"No," says Jack, "I'll not sell it."
So she went on back, told her daddy she couldn't make no trade. Then he sent his youngest girl out. She came up 'side of Jack, says, "Jack, I'd like awful well to buy that drill."
"Well," says Jack, "you can have it after thirty minutes is up."
"Aw, Jack," she says, "I want it now. I'll pay ye two thousand dollars for it."
"No," says Jack, "you wait till thirty minutes is out, and then we'll trade." So she saw she couldn't do no good, went on back in the house. Then the man said to his old lady, says, "You go."
She went out.
"Jack, I'd sure like to trade ye out of that drill. You can have one of the girls, right now; and I'll give ye three thousand dollars and ever'thing on the place."
"No," says Jack, "not till thirty minutes is out."
The old lady went on back, says, "I can't do a thing with him. He won't even talk about sellin'."
The old man looked at his watch, says, "Well, that thirty minutes is about up. I reckon I'll have to go on out and let Jack kill me." Started out, picked up a big bowl off the table, and took that to Jack, says,
"Jack, it looks like your rabbit's gain' to stay in there. You might as well kill me." Says, "'Fore you do, though, I wish you'd sing this bowl full of lies"
"All right," says Jack, "I'll try." s
Says, "Is it full?"
"No," says the old man, "only one drop."
"Oh, the youngest daughter she came out
Is it full yet?"
"Just two drops, Jack."
"Oh, the old ladyshe came out
"Stop, Jack! Hit's full and runnin' over. Just cut my head off."