Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Mark Twain

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A satire, an adventure story, and a critical look at slavery, moral quandaries and the hypocrisy of society – above all, here’s one of the seminal works of American literature.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

(Tom Sawyer’s Comrade)

By Mark Twain


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CHAPTER I.Civilizing Huck.—Miss Watson.—Tom Sawyer Waits.

CHAPTER II.The Boys Escape Jim.—Torn Sawyer’s Gang.—Deep-laid Plans.

CHAPTER III.A Good Going-over.—Grace Triumphant.—“One of Tom Sawyers’s Lies”.

CHAPTER IV.Huck and the Judge.—Superstition.

CHAPTER V.Huck’s Father.—The Fond Parent.—Reform.

CHAPTER VI.He Went for Judge Thatcher.—Huck Decided to Leave.—PoliticalEconomy.—Thrashing Around.

CHAPTER VII.Laying for Him.—Locked in the Cabin.—Sinking the Body.—Resting.

CHAPTER VIII.Sleeping in the Woods.—Raising the Dead.—Exploring the Island.—FindingJim.—Jim’s Escape.—Signs.—Balum.

CHAPTER IX.The Cave.—The Floating House.

CHAPTER X.The Find.—Old Hank Bunker.—In Disguise.

CHAPTER XI.Huck and the Woman.—The Search.—Prevarication.—Going to Goshen.

CHAPTER XII.Slow Navigation.—Borrowing Things.—Boarding the Wreck.—ThePlotters.—Hunting for the Boat.

CHAPTER XIII.Escaping from the Wreck.—The Watchman.—Sinking.

CHAPTER XIV.A General Good Time.—The Harem.—French.

CHAPTER XV.Huck Loses the Raft.—In the Fog.—Huck Finds the Raft.—Trash.

CHAPTER XVI.Expectation.—A White Lie.—Floating Currency.—Running byCairo.—Swimming Ashore.

CHAPTER XVII.An Evening Call.—The Farm in Arkansaw.—Interior Decorations.—StephenDowling Bots.—Poetical Effusions.

CHAPTER XVIII.Col. Grangerford.—Aristocracy.—Feuds.—The Testament.—Recovering theRaft.—The Wood—pile.—Pork and Cabbage.

CHAPTER XIX.Tying Up Day—times.—An Astronomical Theory.—Running a TemperanceRevival.—The Duke of Bridgewater.—The Troubles of Royalty.

CHAPTER XX.Huck Explains.—Laying Out a Campaign.—Working the Camp—meeting.—APirate at the Camp—meeting.—The Duke as a Printer.

CHAPTER XXI.Sword Exercise.—Hamlet’s Soliloquy.—They Loafed Around Town.—A LazyTown.—Old Boggs.—Dead.

CHAPTER XXII.Sherburn.—Attending the Circus.—Intoxication in the Ring.—TheThrilling Tragedy.

CHAPTER XXIII.Sold.—Royal Comparisons.—Jim Gets Home-sick.

CHAPTER XXIV.Jim in Royal Robes.—They Take a Passenger.—Getting Information.—FamilyGrief.

CHAPTER XXV.Is It Them?—Singing the “Doxologer.”—Awful Square—Funeral Orgies.—ABad Investment .

CHAPTER XXVI.A Pious King.—The King’s Clergy.—She Asked His Pardon.—Hiding in theRoom.—Huck Takes the Money.

CHAPTER XXVII.The Funeral.—Satisfying Curiosity.—Suspicious of Huck,—Quick Sales andSmall.

CHAPTER XXVIII.The Trip to England.—“The Brute!”—Mary Jane Decides to Leave.—HuckParting with Mary Jane.—Mumps.—The Opposition Line.

CHAPTER XXIX.Contested Relationship.—The King Explains the Loss.—A Question ofHandwriting.—Digging up the Corpse.—Huck Escapes.

CHAPTER XXX.The King Went for Him.—A Royal Row.—Powerful Mellow.

CHAPTER XXXI.Ominous Plans.—News from Jim.—Old Recollections.—A SheepStory.—Valuable Information.

CHAPTER XXXII.Still and Sunday—like.—Mistaken Identity.—Up a Stump.—In a Dilemma.

CHAPTER XXXIII.A Nigger Stealer.—Southern Hospitality.—A Pretty Long Blessing.—Tarand Feathers.

CHAPTER XXXIV.The Hut by the Ash Hopper.—Outrageous.—Climbing the LightningRod.—Troubled with Witches.

CHAPTER XXXV.Escaping Properly.—Dark Schemes.—Discrimination in Stealing.—A DeepHole.

CHAPTER XXXVI.The Lightning Rod.—His Level Best.—A Bequest to Posterity.—A HighFigure.

CHAPTER XXXVII.The Last Shirt.—Mooning Around.—Sailing Orders.—The Witch Pie.

CHAPTER XXXVIII.The Coat of Arms.—A Skilled Superintendent.—Unpleasant Glory.—ATearful Subject.

CHAPTER XXXIX.Rats.—Lively Bed—fellows.—The Straw Dummy.

CHAPTER XL.Fishing.—The Vigilance Committee.—A Lively Run.—Jim Advises a Doctor.

CHAPTER XLI.The Doctor.—Uncle Silas.—Sister Hotchkiss.—Aunt Sally in Trouble.

CHAPTER XLII.Tom Sawyer Wounded.—The Doctor’s Story.—Tom Confesses.—Aunt PollyArrives.—Hand Out Them Letters.

CHAPTER THE LAST.Out of Bondage.—Paying the Captive.—Yours Truly, Huck Finn.


The Widows

Moses and the “Bulrushers”

Miss Watson

Huck Stealing Away

They Tip-toed Along


Tom Sawyer’s Band of Robbers

Huck Creeps into his Window

Miss Watson’s Lecture

The Robbers Dispersed

Rubbing the Lamp

! ! ! !

Judge Thatcher surprised

Jim Listening


Huck and his Father

Reforming the Drunkard

Falling from Grace

Getting out of the Way

Solid Comfort

Thinking it Over

Raising a Howl

“Git Up”

The Shanty

Shooting the Pig

Taking a Rest

In the Woods

Watching the Boat

Discovering the Camp Fire

Jim and the Ghost

Misto Bradish’s Nigger

Exploring the Cave

In the Cave

Jim sees a Dead Man

They Found Eight Dollars

Jim and the Snake

Old Hank Bunker

“A Fair Fit”

“Come In”

“Him and another Man”

She puts up a Snack

“Hump Yourself”

On the Raft

He sometimes Lifted a Chicken

“Please don’t, Bill”

“It ain’t Good Morals”

“Oh! Lordy, Lordy!”

In a Fix

“Hello, What’s Up?”

The Wreck

We turned in and Slept

Turning over the Truck

Solomon and his Million Wives

The story of “Sollermun”

“We Would Sell the Raft”

Among the Snags

Asleep on the Raft

“Something being Raftsman”

“Boy, that’s a Lie”

“Here I is, Huck”

Climbing up the Bank

“Who’s There?”


“It made Her look Spidery”

“They got him out and emptied Him”

The House

Col. Grangerford

Young Harney Shepherdson

Miss Charlotte

“And asked me if I Liked Her”

“Behind the Wood-pile”

Hiding Day-times

“And Dogs a-Coming”

“By rights I am a Duke!”

“I am the Late Dauphin”

Tail Piece

On the Raft

The King as Juliet

“Courting on the Sly”

“A Pirate for Thirty Years”

Another little Job


Hamlet’s Soliloquy

“Gimme a Chaw”

A Little Monthly Drunk

The Death of Boggs

Sherburn steps out

A Dead Head

He shed Seventeen Suits


Their Pockets Bulged

Henry the Eighth in Boston Harbor



He fairly emptied that Young Fellow

“Alas, our Poor Brother”

“You Bet it is”


Making up the “Deffisit”

Going for him

The Doctor

The Bag of Money

The Cubby

Supper with the Hare-Lip

Honest Injun

The Duke looks under the Bed

Huck takes the Money

A Crack in the Dining-room Door

The Undertaker

“He had a Rat!”

“Was you in my Room?”


In Trouble


How to Find Them

He Wrote

Hannah with the Mumps

The Auction

The True Brothers

The Doctor leads Huck

The Duke Wrote

“Gentlemen, Gentlemen!”

“Jim Lit Out”

The King shakes Huck

The Duke went for Him

Spanish Moss

“Who Nailed Him?”


He gave him Ten Cents

Striking for the Back Country

Still and Sunday-like

She hugged him tight

“Who do you reckon it is?”

“It was Tom Sawyer”

“Mr. Archibald Nichols, I presume?”

A pretty long Blessing

Traveling By Rail


A Simple Job


Getting Wood

One of the Best Authorities

The Breakfast-Horn

Smouching the Knives

Going down the Lightning-Rod

Stealing spoons

Tom advises a Witch Pie

The Rubbage-Pile

“Missus, dey’s a Sheet Gone”

In a Tearing Way

One of his Ancestors

Jim’s Coat of Arms

A Tough Job

Buttons on their Tails


Keeping off Dull Times

Sawdust Diet

Trouble is Brewing


Every one had a Gun

Tom caught on a Splinter

Jim advises a Doctor

The Doctor

Uncle Silas in Danger

Old Mrs. Hotchkiss

Aunt Sally talks to Huck

Tom Sawyer wounded

The Doctor speaks for Jim

Tom rose square up in Bed

“Hand out them Letters”

Out of Bondage

Tom’s Liberality

Yours Truly

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In this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary “Pike County” dialect; and four modified varieties of this last. The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech.

I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.



Scene: The Mississippi Valley Time: Forty to fifty years ago

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You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly—Tom’s Aunt Polly, she is—and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told about in that book, which is mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before.

Now the way that the book winds up is this: Tom and me found the money that the robbers hid in the cave, and it made us rich. We got six thousand dollars apiece—all gold. It was an awful sight of money when it was piled up. Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round—more than a body could tell what to do with. The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied. But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable. So I went back.

The widow she cried over me, and called me a poor lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it. She put me in them new clothes again, and I couldn’t do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up. Well, then, the old thing commenced again. The widow rung a bell for supper, and you had to come to time. When you got to the table you couldn’t go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn’t really anything the matter with them,—that is, nothing only everything was cooked by itself. In a barrel of odds a