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Quotes from Huck Fin
Submitted By LitGroup on 11/11/18
Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn!, LitGroup, Mark Twain 
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  1. “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.”
  • In Chapter 18, Huck had just escaped from the Grangerford-Shepherdson feud and is sickened by the society. Even the simple food Jim offers Huck is delicious in this atmosphere of freedom and comfort.

     2.  “Tom told me what his plan was, and I see in a minute it was worth fifteen of mine for style, and would make Jim just as free a man as mine would, and maybe get us all killed besides. So I was satisfied, and said we would waltz in on it.”

  • This quotation from Chapter 34, we see Huck is once again swayed by Tom. The plan was to break Jim out of the shed.

      3. “The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would civilize 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”

  • These lines appear on the first page of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is discussing the events that had occurred at the end of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this is where Huck’s first appearance had occurred.

      4.  “It was a close place. 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.”

  • This is from chapter 31, this is the moral climax of the novel. The Duke and the Dauphin had sold Jim. Jim was being held in the Phelpses’ shed.

      5. “But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and civilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.”

  • These lines occur in the last bit of the novel. By the final chapter, everything is settled. Jim is set free, Tom is recovering from a bullet wound, and Aunt Sally is offering to adopt Huck.




6. Beware.  Trouble is brewing.  Keep a sharp lookout.

  • This is a message from Tom to the owners of Jim warning them of the face that Tom and Huck are trying to steal Jim away, Because of that note Tom is shot is the leg.
  1. Didn’t I say I was going to help steal the nigger?

• This quote says that Tom will keep his word to Huck about setting Jim (the nigger) free.

8. No, your majesty, we warn’t-please don’t, your majesty!

•Even though Huck tried to hid the money from the King to expose them he is still scared of them

9. Well, den!  Warn’ dat de beatenes’ notion in de worl’?

•Jim says this to Huck while they are on an island.  This is an example of the strong dialect used through out the book, making it very difficult to understand.

10. What’s a feud?

•A question asked by Huck to someone else.  This quote shows that Huck grew up in a small town where feuds are not common or never happen.

11. I’m sorry, sir, but the best we can do is to tell you where he did live yesterday evening.

• The person who the King (sir) is looking for died.  But the townspeople were trying to phrase it in a nice way instead of just out rightly saying “He died.”

12. All right; I wash my hands of this matter.  But I warn you all that a time’s coming when you’re going to feel sick whenever you think of this day

•This is the town doctor speaking (notice the proper sentence structure) warning the town that the King as con-men who wish to steal the family’s fortune. 

13. “Honest injun,” says I.

•Honest injun means no lies.  Kind of like a pinky promise that was said back during Huck’s time.

14. But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest.

•Huck is heading west because he doesn’t want to be civilized like people out east are.  Therefore, he is leaving.

15.  I’m tired of this, but I’ll endure it till one o’clock.  Till one o’clock, mind-no longer.  If you open your mouth against me only once after that time you can’t travel so far but I will find you.

•This is from a local shop owner to the town drunk who was slandering against him.  He is warning the drunk that if he continues to slander against him the storeowner will kill him.  In the end, the drunk died.


16.“Now, we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang.  Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood.”

•In the beginning of the book, this quote displays the seriousness and harsh reality of the gang and what it takes to be involved.  The Tom Sawyer game did not joke around when it came to business.

17.“Say, who is you?  Whar is you?  Dog my cats ef I didn’ hear sumf’n”

•This is a perfect example of the dialect used in the book.  Most of the characters use incorrect grammar or slang, or speak in a southern accent.

18“Miss Watson, your runaway nigger Jim is down here two mile below Pikesvilles, and Mr.  Phelps has got him and he will give him up for the reward if you send.” – Huck Finn

•The term “nigger” is constantly used; not to offend, but to get a point across.  This term was used frequently during this time.

19“Why hain’t you ever read any books at all?”

•This shows that Huck Finn is very uneducated and doesn’t have a good sense of “book-knowledge”.

20“Journal your granny-Jim can’t write.”

•This quote shows that blacks were uneducated because they could not get the education that they needed due to slavery.


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