Huckleberry Finn Summary

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain I. Discover Moses and the Bulrushers (pg 1) Huckleberry Finn is kept by a widow who provides for his schooling and life necessities but he hates being mannered and wants to runaway all the time. The widow’s sister – “a tolerable slim old maid” – teachers him the Bible and Huck soon finds it pointless to learn about “dead people” but would only stand all these miseries because he wants to join Tom Sawyer’s gang in the robbing business (2). II. Our Gang’s Dark Oath (pg 4) Tom Sawyer calls Huckleberry Finn out and they are almost caught by the slave Jim, who is famous “because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches” (6). Soon, Tom and Huck escapes and goes onto forming Tom Sawyer’s Gang where everyone takes an oath to swear their loyalty and decided the purpose of the disunited gang. When it comes to killing one’s family member, Huck offers the life of Miss Watson and the gang accepts. III. We Ambuscade the Arabs (pg 10) For weeks, Tom Sawyer’s Gang “hadn’t robbed nobody, hadn’t killed any people, but only just pretended,” so one day Tom tells the gang about the rich Arabs and Spanish merchants with elephants and diamonds that they will rob on Sunday (12). They end up chasing children up the hollow because Tom says it was all done by enchantment “where their magician enemies turned the whole thing into an infant Sunday school” (13). IV. The Hairball Oracle (pg 15) Huck gave Jim “an old slick counterfeit quarter” in exchange for his fortune to be told by Jim’s fist-sized hairball, which predicted that Huck’s father will be back and he also warns Huck to keep away from water as well as any risks that can cause him to be hung (17). V. Pap starts in on a New Life (pg 18) Huck’s father returns and criticizes Huck for his education because “None of the family couldn’t [be educated] before
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