Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the next part of the world-famous story about the fascinating adventures of smart guy Tom Sawyer. The novel was published in 1884. It is one of the first novels written in colloquial English with the usage of jargonisms. This story describes a lot of different small towns and nationalities living near the Mississippi river. The book is full of sarcasm and mockery of many prejudices of that time including racism. Mrs. Douglas adopts Huckleberry Finn. The adoptive mother is desperately trying to educate him and make more religious. The boy is bored and runs with Tom Sawyer to the gang of “robbers”. Later the father kidnaps Huck. He manages to escape and starts his own raft trip down the Mississippi.

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Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

You don’t know about me if you haven’t read a book called The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mr Mark Twain wrote the book and most of it is true. In that book robbers stole some money and hid it in a very secret place in the woods. But Tom Sawyer and I found it, and after that we were rich. We got six thousand dollars each – all gold.

In those days I never had a home or went to school like Tom and all the other boys in St Petersburg. Pop was always drunk, and he moved around a lot, so he wasn’t a very good father. But it didn’t matter to me. I slept in the streets or in the woods, and I could do what I wanted, when I wanted. It was a fine life.

When we got all that money, Tom and I were famous for a while. Judge Thatcher, who was an important man in our town, kept my money in the bank for me. And the Widow Douglas took me to live in her house and said I could be her son. She was very nice and kind, but it was a hard life because I had to wear new clothes and be good all the time.

In the end, I put on my old clothes and ran away. But Tom came after me and said that I had to go back, but that I could be in his gang of robbers. So, I went back, and the widow cried and I had to put on those new clothes again. I didn’t like it at all. Her sister, Miss Watson, lived there too. She was always saying, ‘Don’t put your feet there, Huckleberry,’ and ‘Don’t do that, Huckleberry.’ It was terrible.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

When I went up to bed that night, I sat down in a chair by the window. I sat there a good long time, and I was really unhappy. But just after midnight I heard ‘mee-yow! mee- yow!’ outside. Very softly, I answered, ‘mee-yow! mee- yow!’ Quietly, I put out the light and got out through the window. In the trees, Tom Sawyer was waiting for me.

We went through the trees to the end of the widow’s garden. Soon we were on top of a hill on the other side of the house. Below us we could see the river and the town. One or two lights were still on, but everything was quiet. We went down the hill and found Joe Harper, Ben Rogers and two or three more of the boys. Then Tom took us down the river by boat to his secret place, which was a cave deep in the side of a hill. When we got there, Tom told us all his plan.

‘Now, we’ll have this gang of robbers,’ he said, ‘and we’ll it Tom Sawyer’s Gang. If somebody hurts one of us, the others will kill him and his family. And if a boy from the gang tells other people our secrets, we’ll kill him and his family, too…

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