Her sister, Miss Watson, a tolerable slim old maid, with goggles on, had just come to live with her, and took a set at me now with a spelling-book. Everybody said it was a real beautiful oath, and asked Tom if he got it out of his own head. Chapter 22 The crowd travels to Sherburn's store and rips down the front fence. Related Links: To link to this The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 1-4 Summary page, copy the following code to your site: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 1-4 Summary. Together, with Huck acting as a servant, they get a steamboat to take them to the town and drop them off. Jim always kept that five-center piece round his neck with a string, and said it was a charm the devil give to him with his own hands, and told him he could cure anybody with it and fetch witches whenever he wanted to just by saying something to it; but he never told what it was he said to it.
The two men agree to pretend to be Peter Wilks's brothers from Sheffield, England. His reticence to give Huck authority seems to stem from Huck's runaway attempt in the first chapter. The two brothers have not yet arrived from England, which greatly saddened the man before he died. Unfortunately, without the text at hand, the Duke must piece the famous lines together from memory. The Royal Nonesuch is perhaps Twain's most brilliant philosophical creation, a show in which the audience sees exactly what it pays for: nothing. Chapter 2 Summary Huck and Tom encounter Miss Watson's slave, Jim, sitting in the kitchen floor.
That book was made by Mr. Seemed like I'd die if I couldn't scratch. But I warn you all that a time 's coming when you're going to feel sick whenever you think of this day. Don't I tell you it's in the books? Well, when Tom and I got to the top of the hill, we looked down at the village and could see three or four lights twinkling, which might have been the homes of sick people who were up late. He climbs out of his room, trades his new coat for whiskey, and climbs back into the room. Tom concludes that it is to keep someone until they die, and the boys agree this must be the case.
Now, what do you reckon it is? Then everyone stuck a needle in his finger to draw blood to sign his name, and I made my on the paper. This first sentence also alludes to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Boggs's death focuses the reader's attention on a much more serious aspect of the society. We went along a narrow passageway until we came to a kind of damp, cold room. The Duke greets them and hypes up the audience for the King. I reckoned I couldn't stand it more'n a minute longer, but I set my teeth hard and got ready to try.
We went down the hill and found Jo Harper and Ben Rogers, and two or three more of the boys, hid in the old tanyard. Four months pass when chapter four begins during which Huck has been attending school. Huck leaves and goes to the circus which is in town until late that night, and after which the Duke and King plan to perform their show. But go ahead, I ain't got nothing to say. Jim was monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn't hardly notice the other niggers.
He is obviously maturing in his views, as evidenced by his belief that black and white people are not so different. The King emerges completely naked, covered in paint, and crawling on all fours. In chapter one, the first person narrator, Huckleberry Finn, introduces himself and talks to the readers about his appearance in the prequel to this book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Just then Jim begun to breathe heavy; next he begun to snore—and then I was pretty soon comfortable again. The men are further fooled into thinking the Nonesuch must be some great, sexual thing, since their wives are excluded.
Ben Rogers said he couldn't get out much, only Sundays, and so he wanted to begin next Sunday; but all the boys said it would be wicked to do it on Sunday, and that settled the thing. We went about two hundred yards, and then the cave opened up. We scrouched down and laid still. Tom takes some candles from the kitchen, but leaves five cents behind. Then we got out, and I was in a sweat to get away; but nothing would do Tom but he must crawl to where Jim was, on his hands and knees, and play something on him.
Even though he has had a difficult childhood, he seems to be forming a decent moral compass. The new judge, maybe regretting that he has given the debauched Pap custody of Huck, tries to give Pap an opportunity to break out of his irresponsible ways, and Pap seems to attempt to do so. Tom represents the insider, the normal citizen, the everyday person in the town. So they all made fun of him, and called him cry-baby, and that made him mad, and he said he would go straight and tell all the secrets. The King takes a keen interest in the story and gathers every detail he can. Then I slipped down to the ground and crawled in among the trees, and, sure enough, there was Tom Sawyer waiting for me. I went up to my room with a piece of candle, and put it on the table.
Miss Watson she kept pecking at me, and it got tiresome and lonesome. The three girls have also received three thousand dollars and the house they live in. In this chapter Huck also describes Jim's hair-ball, which came from the stomach of an ox and can supposedly tell people's fortunes. And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever. The men stop in a nearby town and decide to set up their show. I waited, and it seemed a good while, everything was so still and lonesome.
But I said no; he might wake and make a disturbance, and then they'd find out I warn't in. It itched till the tears come into my eyes. Tom takes Jim's hat off and hangs it on a tree besides him. And nobody that didn't belong to the band could use that mark, and if he did he must be sued; and if he done it again he must be killed. Say, do we kill the women, too? But wicked things are no more wicked on one day than another—the boys are mixing up looking like good Christians with actually being good Christians, just as it becomes clear many adults also do.