In Chapter 18 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, who are the only members of the Shepardson and Grangerford families saved from the massacre?   

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Young Harney Shepherdson and Miss Sophia Grangerford are the only persons mentioned by name.

I asked him (Buck) what was become of young Harney and Miss Sophia. He said they'd got across the river and was safe.

A group of four or five Shepherdson men also survived the exchange of shots with Buck and his cousin Joe. The men had tried attacking on horseback as the boys took shelter "behind the wood-rank alongside of the steamboat landing" without success. They retreated after one was injured and the boys relocated to a hiding place behind a woodpile near the tree where Huck was watching events unfold.

The men returned, on foot and from the back side of the woodpile, and injured Buck and Joe, finishing killing them as the boys attempted to flee for cover and protection in the river.

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Thanks to Huck for retrieving a note left by Harney Shepardson to Sophia Grangerford in a Bible at church, Harney and Sophia are able to meet up and escape the family feud that has been going on for so many years that no one can remember why they are fighting.  Harney and Sophia’s forbidden love cause them to have to run off from their families to be happy.  A parody on the play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, this episode shows how honor and pride over a disagreement long forgotten causes the destruction of two families.  Huck feels guilty for giving the note to Sophia, and he feels that he somehow causes the death of Buck Grangerford and others for uniting them with the secret note.  Harney and Sophia are the only ones that escape the feud, and despite the death on both sides of the family, we can expect that several survived (particularly the women) to fight again another day. Before we can know the complete outcome of the feud, Huck leaves with Jim on the raft for another adventure.  

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