Quotes to Know: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Flashcard Example #23160

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”
pg 0
Speaker: Mark Twain
Audience: Reader
Meaning/Significance:Don’t take the book seriously
“You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.”
pg 1
Speaker: Huck Finn
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance Mark Twain handed book to an ignorant 14 y/o which is unusual
“After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn’t care no more about him, because I don’t take no stock in dead people.”
pg 2
Speaker: Huck Finn
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: Example of his ignorance
“‘Ransomed? What’s that?’ ‘I don’t know. But that’s what they do. I’ve seen it in books; and so of course that’s what we’ve got to do.’ ‘But how can we do it if we don’t know what it is?’ ‘Why blame it all, we’ve got to do it. Don’t I tell you it’s in the books? Do you want to go to doing different from what’s in the books, and get things all muddled up?'”
pg 8
Speaker: Tom and Ben
Audience: talking to each other
Meaning/Significance: Example of his ignorance
“‘Yes-en I’s rich now, come to look at it. I owns mysef, en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn’ want no’.'”
pg 47
Speaker: Jim
Audience: speaking to Huck
Meaning/Significance: He owns himself and took matters into his own hands
“We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn’t ever feel like talking loud, and it warn’t often that we laughed — only a little kind of a low chuckle. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all — that night, nor the next, nor the next.”
pg 64
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: Able to relax and forget about everything is happening
“Mornings, before daylight, I slipped into corn fields and borrowed a watermelon, or a mushmelon, or a punkin, or some new corn, or things of that kind. Pap always said it warn’t no harm to borrow things, if you was meaning to pay them back, sometime; but the widow said it warn’t anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.”
pg 65
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: Pap said that borrowing was ok – WRONG; Jim better father figure than Pap
“‘Quick, Jim, it ain’t no time for fooling around and moaning; there’s a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don’t hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can’t get away from the wreck, there’s one of ’em going to be in a bad fix. But if we find their boat we can put all of ’em in a bad fix – for the Sheriff ‘ll get ’em.'”
pg 70
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Jim
Meaning/Significance: Huck’s morality
“‘Dat truck dah is trash; en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on the head er dey fren’s en makes ’em ashamed.'”
pg 85
Speaker: Jim
Audience: Huck
Meaning/Significance: Strong dressing down of Huck; not going to play anymore tricks on Jim
“Conscience says to me ‘What had poor Miss Watson done to you, that you could see her n***** go off right under your eyes and never say one single word? What did that poor old woman do to you, that you could treat her so mean?…’ I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead.”
pg 87
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: Realizes he’s helping a slave, which is a “horrible” thing in society and feels bad taking him away from Miss Watson, but doesn’t want to turn Jim in
“What’s the use you learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?”
pg
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: You feel guilty either way, you might as well do it
“It made me so sick I most fell out of the tree. I ain’t agoing to tell all that happened – it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wished I hadn’t ever come ashore that night, to see such things . . .”
pg
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Jim
Meaning/Significance: Buck’s death
“To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin,That makes calamity of so long life.”
pg 136
Speaker: The Duke
Audience: Bridgewater, Huck
Meaning/Significance: A little bit of learning is dangerous thing
“Do I know you? I know you clear through. I was born and raised in the South, and I’ve lived in the North; so I know the average all around. The average man’s a coward.”
pg 145
Speaker: Colonel Sherburn
Audience: Brooksville mob (surrounding body)
Meaning/Significance: All of them are cowards and aren’t going to do anything to him
“I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n. It don’t seem natural, but I reckon it so.”
pg 155
Speaker: Huck Finn
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: Ah-ha moment about Jim, Huck realizes that he cares about his kids
“It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.”
pg 162
Speaker: Huck Finn
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance:
“It was a close place. I took it up, 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 let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming.”
pg 207
Speaker: Huck Finn
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: (Thematic Climax) Writes letter to turn Jim in; ends up tearing up the letter (not gong with society, doing his own thing)
“Tom says: ‘What! Why Jim is– ‘ he stopped and went to studying.”
pg 218
Speaker: Tom
Audience: Huck
Meaning/Significance: Foreshawdowing “Tom keeping something from him”
“‘I know what you’ll say. You’ll say it’s dirty Low-down business; but what if it is? – I’m low down; and I’m agoing to steal him, and I want you to keep mum and not let on. Will you?'”
pg 218
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Tom
Meaning/Significance: talking about king and Duke
“Well, it made me sick to see it; and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn’t ever feel any hardness against them any more in the world. It was a dreadful thing to see. Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.”
pg 223
Speaker:Huck
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance:
“‘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.”
pg 232-233
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Narration
Meaning/Significance: Tom and his crazy escape plan
“‘Yes,’ I says, ‘but I reckon it ain’t regular. Come up the stairs, and let on it’s a lightning-rod.'”
pg 246
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Tom
Meaning/Significance: Huck has learned how to handle Tom
“I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned he’d say what he did say – so it was all right, now, and I told Tom I was agoing for a doctor.”
pg 275
Speaker: Huck
Audience: Narration (talking about Jim)
Meaning/Significance: knew JIm would do the right thing (knew he was “as good as a white person”)
“I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.”
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