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The significance of this quote is that Huck is sort of telling us what the values are of the society in which he lives. He is telling us that abolitionists were looked down on in that time and place. He does not really like the idea of being seen in this way.
This is important for the book because one of the main themes is how Huck tends to go against the societal values of his time and place. Even though people will think of him in this way, he is going to end up doing what he thinks is right.
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