The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

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In the first chapter Huckleberry Finn relays his version of the events that transpired in the conclusion of The Adventure of Tom Sawyer. He explains that he and Tom Sawyer became very wealthy after uncovering a cache of gold that was hidden by a band of local robbers, and how after this, under the supervision of Judge Thatcher, Huckleberry’s money was invested and he was placed into the care of the Widow Douglas to be “civilized”. Huckleberry reveals that Judge Thatcher and the Widow Douglas’s justification for this was that they were doing this “in his best interest” but what Huckleberry lets on throughout the chapter is that they never asked for his opinion in the matter, or considered how onerous or unwanted the change would be. He…show more content…
The chapter closes with Huckleberry slipping out at night in response to Tom Sawyer’s call which is coded as the meow of a cat.
In chapter two Huckleberry has joined Tom Sawyer on a nighttime excursion, unbeknownst to the Widow Douglas. Their destination is a cave outside of town for the first meeting of Tom Sawyer’s gang of robbers, but very early into their journey they encounter a spot of trouble. Miss Watson’s African American slave, Jim, hears the movement of Huckleberry and Tom as they pass the kitchen and, confused as to the origin of the disturbance, sets himself down unwittingly between Tom and Huckleberry waiting until he hears the noise again. When he falls asleep Tom and Huckleberry first retrieve some candles from the kitchen, leaving a nickel as payment, and then Tom playfully hangs Jim’s hat on a branch, before he and Huckleberry make their escape. Huckleberry mentions that Jim interprets this prank as a sign of witchcraft, and then describes how Jim creates a tall-tale about how he was entranced by witches and met the devil that night. This story earns Jim acclaim and respect throughout the local slave population, which Huckleberry mentions, goes to his head a bit. This informal introduction to the character Jim leads the reader to conclude that Jim is uneducated (as typical of the slave population at the tine) and proud, but that the stubbornness exhibited in his
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