The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.
In this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary "Pike County" dialect; and four modified varieties of this last. The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech.
I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.
Scene: The Mississippi Valley Time: Forty to fifty years ago
- Chapter I — Discover Moses and the Bulrushers
- Chapter II — Our Gang's Dark Oath
- Chapter III — We Ambuscade the A-rabs
- Chapter IV — The Hair-ball Oracle
- Chapter V — Pap Starts in on a New Life
- Chapter VI — Pap Struggles with the Death Angel
- Chapter VII — I Fool Pap and Get Away
- Chapter VIII — I Spare Miss Watson's Jim
- Chapter IX — The House of Death Floats By
- Chapter X — What Comes of Handlin' Snake-skin
- Chapter XI — They're After Us!
- Chapter XII — "Better Let Blame Well Alone"
- Chapter XIII — Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott"
- Chapter XIV — Was Solomon Wise?
- Chapter XV — Fooling Poor Old Jim
- Chapter XVI — The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Work
- Chapter XVII — The Grangerfords Take Me In
- Chapter XVIII — Why Harney Rode Away for His Hat
- Chapter XIX — The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboard
- Chapter XX — What Royalty Did to Parkville
- Chapter XXI — An Arkansaw Difficulty
- Chapter XXII — Why the Lynching Bee Failed
- Chapter XXIII — The Orneriness of Kings
- Chapter XXIV — The King Turns Parson
- Chapter XXV — All Full of Tears and Flapdoodle
- Chapter XXVI — I Steal the King's Plunder
- Chapter XXVII — Dead Peter Has His Gold
- Chapter XXVIII — Overreaching Don't Pay
- Chapter XXIX — I Light Out in the Storm
- Chapter XXX — The Gold Saves the Thieves
- Chapter XXXI — You Can't Pray a Lie
- Chapter XXXII — I Have a New Name
- Chapter XXXIII — The Pitiful Ending of Royalty
- Chapter XXXIV — We Cheer Up Jim
- Chapter XXXV — Dark, Deep-Laid Plans
- Chapter XXXVI — Trying to Help Jim
- Chapter XXXVII — Jim Gets His Witch Pie
- Chapter XXXVIII — "Here a Captive Heart Buried"
- Chapter XXXIX — Tom Writes Nonnamous Letters
- Chapter XL — A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescue
- Chapter XLI — "Must 'a' Been Sperits"
- Chapter XLII — Why They Didn't Hang Jim
- Chapter XLIII — Chapter the Last, Nothing More to Write