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Huck and Jim in the cave after a long day in the river
Huck and Jim in the river on the canoe and Jim sees a dead man
I took...up [the letter I'd written to Miss Watson], and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: "All right then, I'll go to hell"...and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming.
Huck and Jim together when Jim gets bit by a snake in the foot and sucks on the jug to get himself drunk
Jim, this is nice, I says. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here. Pass me along another hunk of fish and some hot corn-bread.
Well, you wouldn't a ben here 'f it hadn't a ben for Jim. You'd a ben down dah in de woods widout any dinner, en gittn' mos' drownded, too; dat you would, honey. Chickens knows when it's gwyne to rain, en so do de birds, chile.
I hadn’t had a bite to eat since yesterday, so Jim he got out some corn-dodgers and buttermilk, and pork and cabbage and greens—there ain’t nothing in the world so good when it’s cooked right—and whilst I eat my supper we talked and had a good time. . . .We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.
At the heart of the novel is the doubtful but deepest friendship between Huck and Jim. It is through his companionship with Jim and their adventures together on the river that Huck really finds himself. He is repeatedly tackled with the question of right and wrong and he learns to stay true to himself and go after his own heart, despite of usual, public, or spiritual background. Huck's senses hardly ever fail him. Huck and Jim's friendship experience a lot of twists and turns along with the journey the two take down the Mississippi River. With each adventure their closeness grew stronger from their meet with the Duke and the King to the riverboat scene the friendship built one building block at a time. During the novel Jim makes situations to the humanity that Huck shows him, but Huck seems unaware to their new established friendship. Huck and Jim's friendship started as a suitable partnership, but they became best buds because of their conditions. The theme of friendship was a major portion of the events that took place in the novel.
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