Huckleberry Finn Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1 -From Adventures of Tom Sawyer-got $6,000 in a cave and $1 interest a day-Living with Widow Douglas and Miss Watson and “sivilize” Huck-Doesn’t take stock in dead people ie Moses-goes to hell with Tom-Spider flicked into a candle=bad omen-turned around in tracks 3 times and crossed himself & tied up lock of hair to keep witches away & took a smoke-at midnight meow from Tom-Huck learns to read form Miss Watson
Chapter 2 -leaving Widow Douglas’s house and Huck trips, alerting Jim-Huck and Tom stay still, but Huck has an itch all over-Jim investigates but falls asleep-Takes candle, leaves 5 cents as payment (Jim uses it as a charm from devil), takes Jim’s hat and hangs on tree above him-Jim becomes the man for witch related things-Tom, Huck, Ben, Joe, and 2 or 3 other boys in gang-blood oath if broken, kill family-Huck issue bc no family, offers Miss Watson-Want to kill people with info from books and “ransom” women to make them fall in love with them from pirate books
Chapter 3 -in trouble for dirty clothes-prays to God for fishhooks, but doesn’t get any ie he doesn’t believe in God, should be praying for spiritual gifts-Pap- alcoholic, abusive, maybe dead-cops and robbers game and no one really dies-A-rabs in town with treasure (actually sunday school)-would be able to see A-rabs if he read Don Quixote-gang quits because no one has been robbed or killed
Chapter 4 -going to school, learning to read-spills salt and tries to throw over his shoulder-heel made out of nails= Pap here-sells fortune to judge for $1-magic hairball= two angels, happy and sad, marry a poor than rich woman, stay out of water-Pap appears
Chapter 5 -Pap rants about his son being better than him-Demands to not go to school, stop religion, wants fortune-Huck says he doesn’t have it, judge does so Pap hassles judge thatcher-tries to get Pap to not be Huck’s guardian-Huck gives Pap $3 then gets jailed-Pap breaks new judge’s arm
Chapter 6 -Huck continues to go to school to piss his dad off-Court case to get money-Pap kidnaps Huck to live in shack in Illinois-Huck is beat, but is happier that he isn’t being civilized-Finds old wood saw-Judge Thatcher dragging trial out-Widow trying to get custody of Huck-Pap gets mad at government, Judge thatcher, and black educated men therefore will never vote again-Pap in fit about devil dream, chases Huck around cabin saying he’s the Angel of Death-Huck points rifle at Pap
Chapter 7 -fell asleep holding gun, lies about guarding against a burglar-river rising=June-Finds a canoe and hides it for later-fakes murder ie kills pig to spill blood, steals all items of use-Runs into canoe and hides from Pap-Smokes pipe and looks at stars-Paddles to Jackson’s island
Chapter 8 -everyone searching for Huck’s body-Judge Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Pap, etc. fire cannons, float bread-3 days on island, lonely and finds Jim-thinks Huck is a ghost, but Huck proves he isn’t dead-catch fish and eat it together-Jim ran off because Miss Watson planning to sell him to New Orleans, and ran away same night Huck “died”-Birds fly=rain=death-hairy chest=rich-Jim had $10 but lost bc of poor investments-sell him for $800
Chapter 9 -find cavern and put canoe and supplies there, hide during storm-river floods and washed out house floats by-man shot in back floats by-Hide in canoe so they won’t be seen
Chapter 10 -doesn’t talk about dead man bc bad luck-snakeskin bad luck-found $8 from a dead man’s floating house-prank of rattlesnake on Jim, gets bitten-dress up as girl to go into Illinois shore and meets 40 yr old woman
Chapter 11 -named Sarah Williams-apparently the talk of the town is Huck’s death-thought Pap responsible, but decided it was Jim’s fault-$200 to capture Pap $300 for Jim-hunting party going to check Jackson’s Island for Jim-Mary Williams middle name-threw lead at rat, can’t sew, called him out for not being a girl-Says he is a runaway apprentice George Peters from farm life-Judith Loftus-builds decoy campfire on Jackson’s island and pack things to leave on raft down the river
Chapter 12 -missouri one side illinois other-travel at night cover up in day-stealing is borrowing as long as you intend to give it back-pick 3 things they wont steal anymore-5th night wrecked steamship (Walter Scott) to explore, hear 2 men planning to kill 3rd man-Jake has gun, Bill, trying to kill Jim, opt to drown him-Try to get out of there, find raft gone
Chapter 13 -robbers put more supplies in their raft, Huck and Jim steal raft-moral crisis in Huck-Send someone to help robberscomes upon ferryboat and pretends family is in steamship and peril-goes to rescue fake family-stays to make sure men are ok-feels badly as he sees ship wrecked and assumes robbers dead
Chapter 14 -got loot, books with kings and dukes-tells about kings, Jim only heard of solomon-Talks about harem of wives and the children in half-Talks about dauphin rumored to be in America-talk another language french but Jim can’t wrap his mind around it
Chapter 15 -going to Cairo to take steamboat to Ohio-takes 3 more days to get there-heavy fog and Huck and Jim get separated-Jim freaks out and falls asleep and the next day the fog has lifted and Huck pretends it was a dream to Jim-Jim realizes it was a trick played on him and is genuinely hurt-Huck apologizes
Chapter 16 -on way to Cairo-moral crisis again of stealing Jim-plans to turn him in but Jim says how loyal Huck is and decides not to-Meets guys looking for runaway slaves, makes up story about family having smallpox and gets $40-passed Cairo in the fog-sell raft and take steamboat up north-canoe gone, make raft, get separated, attacked by dogs
Chapter 17 -George Jackson again-Grangerfords Saul, old gentleman, Rachel old lady, Buck same age, Betsy slave-eats meal with fam and lies about life in Arkansas-impressed by art, poetry, politics-Emmeline passed away wrote poems and drew art
Chapter 18 -Colonel Grangerford southern gentleman-Bob and Tom oldest, Charlotte 25, Sophia 20-Sheperdsons and Buck tries to shoot Harney, hits his hat but misses-bring guns to church-Sophia gets prayer book and half past two note-Huck meets Jim and Jim hit on shore and slaves have been helping him-Harney and Sophia run off together-Huck sees Sheperdsons killed and cries a bit blaming himself-Takes off on the Mississippi again
Chapter 19 -Criminals come-70 Alcoholics Anonymous but drank and says he is king Louis XVII-30 sold toothpaste that took off enamel and says he is the duke of Bridgewater
Chapter 20 -Tells that Jim is his slave and storm ensues let the royalty sleep-series of shakespearean performances-camp meeting where King cons religious people into thinking he is a reformed pirate made $87.75 and 3 gal jug of whiskey-Duke mad $9 selling fake newspapers-Duke makes fake bill for $200 reward for Jim to travel during day-Asks King to speak French, but apparently he forgot it
Chapter 21 -practice Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth-In Arkansas they make playbills charging 25cents (names used were David Garrick and Edmund Kean)-Boggs wasted and threatening to kill people, esp Sherburn who tells Boggs to leave by 1 oclock or die and Sherburn comes out and kills Boggs-angry mob goes to try and lynch Sherburn
Chapter 22 -Sherburn casually walks out with gun and stares mob down, then dilevers soliloquy that the mob is a bunch of cowards and Buck Harkness is half a man-Mob runs off-Circus and drunk man walks into enter and tries to get on a horse, almost killed, but revealed as an act and part of the circus-Duke and King preform to poor people and rethink plan and host another play except saying only men allowed and 50 cents
Chapter 23 -sells out and king comes out naked prancing around-want to lynch dike and king for crappy show-says they don’t want to look foolish for wasting money, attend next night, then last night plan on throwing stuff at themmade $465-Gets back on raft and says con men are rapscallions-Jim breaks down and tells story about daughter who was deaf but beat her for not obeying him at first
Chapter 24 -Jim dressed as an Arab so he isn’t seen as a runaway slave-dress in new clothes and get on a steamboat to arrive all matter of factly-young man tells gossip and talks about man named Peter Wilks just died and sent for William, who is deaf and Harvey a preacher who haven’t shown up-Nieces Mary Jane 19, Susan 15, Joanna 14 and harelip-King interested and gets Duke-Pretend to be brothers and say that they are upset about missing Peter’s death.
Chapter 25 -Mary Jane redhead prety and fall for con-will of $3000 to niece and uncles then the property worth $7000-go to cellar and count money, $415 short and donate it-gives all the will to girls to make a big deal out of it-says orgies instead of obsequies -Doctor Robinson calls men frauds, but Mary Jane gives them all $6000 to prove she believes them
Chapter 26 -Huck is king’s valet-stay at Peter’s old house-Johanna questions Huck and he says a bunch of lies-Mary Jane scolds Johanna for giving Huck a hard time-Huck hides in Duke’s rooms and steals money-Duke wants to take money and run-King wants to sell house-decides its ok to do so since after they find its a scam, everything will be given back to the girls
Chapter 27 -Huck places money in Peter Wilk’s coffin where Mary Jane is crying over his body-funeral service dog barking bc of rat -buries money and Peter-King wants to sell house ASAP and sells slaves-find out gold is missing, questions Huck, blames it on slaves
Chapter 28 -Mary Jane upset about slave family being broken up-Huck tells her the truth-Mary Jane to stay with MR. Lothrop and later that night Mary is going to show a light in the window, and if Huck has escaped, he won’t show up and she will expose the con men-Says Mary Jane has the pluribus unum mumps-real brothers show up
Chapter 29 -insist real brothers are frauds-Levi Bell (lawyer) arrives-can’t find money which is suspicious-take out old letters and do handwriting test-king nor real Harvey match handwriting bc William wrote them, but broke his hand-Tattoo on Peter’s chest was P-B-W and King says its an arrow-dig up body to check-finds money in coffin-Hell breaks loose-Huck gets to raft with Jim and they push off, but Duke and King catch up with them
Chapter 30 -Huck says he didn’t betray King and Duke-King and Duke turn on each other for the money in the coffin-Duke strangles King to tell truth tat he stole the cash, which is wrong-Get drunk-Huck tells Jim the story
Chapter 31 -broke and plan to do the royal nonesuch again-King is in the bat and Duke fights with him-Huck runs off to escape with Jim to find Jim is gone-Jim is sold by no one other than the King for $40-tries to write to Miss Watson but can’t pray a lie-Silas Phelps is who the King sold Jim to-Huck heads there
Chapter 32 -one horse cotton plantation with trust in God to go right up to door where Aunt Polly Greets him thinking Huck is her nephew Tom Sawyer-Tries to find the Tom to play along with his game
Chapter 33 -Huck finds Tom, who thinks he is a ghost-Tom resolves to help steal Jim-tom introduces himself as Sid-Con artists tried to fool townspeople, but townspeople knew and tarred and feathered the men
Chapter 34 -Find out Jim is in a hut-Huck’s plan is to steal Jim and leave-Tom wants to dig Jim out with little knives-Meet Nat, a superstitious slave
Chapter 35 -Tom wants to saw Jim’s leg off-make a moat around the cabbin-Make a pie with a ladder inside-insists everything is necessary since it was in the books-steals stuff
Chapter 36 -having problems making hole, pretends to use a knife, but actually uses shovel-gather candlesticks, spoons, tin plates, want to etch declaration into the tin plates-dig their way to Jim-Nat suspicious, blames it on witches and resolve to make a witch pie
Chapter 37 -play pranks on Silas and Sally-steal and replace spoons-Aunt Sally goes crazy-make pie and hide ladder in it
Chapter 38 -Makes Jim make inscriptions on the wall-Coat of arms–> captive heart busted… ADD MORE HERE-need to add rats, snakes, spiders to upset Jim
Chapter 39 -Capture animals, and scare the shit out of Aunt Sally-Sawed leg off bed, ate sawdust to hide evidence-Silas trying to find Jim’s owner-starts advertising to find Jim’s owner-Tom writes letter to family saying beware trouble is brewing-draw skull and crossbones in blood on door-Plan to steal Jim one night and Tom writes a letter saying what is happening to the family
Chapter 40 -boys sent upstairs since trouble-tom wears Aunt Sally’s dress to be Jim’s mom-Huck steals butter and hides it under his hat, Aunt Sally catches him-Farmers gathered to beware of people stealing Jim-Tom’s pants get caught and farmers hear them, dogs sent after them and people shoot at them-Tom shot in leg-Huck going to get a doctor, blindfold doctor, swear him to secrecy and make him help
Chapter 41 -Huck finds doctor and makes up story that Tom shot himself while dreaming-Doctor goes in one person canoe and leaves Huck-Huck runs off and runs into Silas saying that he and Sid were scared and hunting for the runaway slave-finds group of women speculating about the crazy events-Aunt Sally says she locked boys in room, but they escaped
Chapter 42 -tom hasn’t returned and a lterrer from Polly is seen-Jim is wearing a dress, Tom is on a bed, and a mob of folks and the doctor-Jim helped save Tom’s life and everyone is grateful so they decide to be nice to him but lock him in shed-Tom asleep, wakes up explains everything that happened to Aunt Sally who is hella pissed-tom says that jim is actually a free man and miss watson died and set him free-Aunt Polly shows up and reveals everyone’s true identities and Huck says he respects Tom again since he wasn’t trying to free someone else’s property-Tom hiding letters Polly sent
The Last Chapter -tom gives Jim $40 for dealing with his shit-Jim is happy and thinks that he is rich now-Huck’s dad was found dead at the river by Jim-Judge Thatcher has Huck’s money for him-Huck headed out to Injun country

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