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How does Huck Finn change his opinion of Tom Sawyer in Chapter 3 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Through the course of the chapter, Tom's imagination leads the gang of friends on a number of adventures, but they never appear to Huck the way Tom describes them.

When they play robbers, Tom takes pains to glorify their activities and what they did.

Tom Sawyer called the hogs 'ingots,' and he called the turnips and stuff 'julery' and we would go to the cave and pow-wow over what we had done and how many people we had killed and marked.

Tom created great curiosity and excitement when he announced to the gang that he had learned that a whole group of "Spanish merchants and rich A-rabs" were coming to the area, complete with elephants, camels, and mules loaded with treasure. The boys prepared for the ambuscade, even though Huck was skeptical.

I didn't believe we could lick such a crowd of Spaniards and A-rabs, but I wanted to see the camels and elephants, so I was on hand next day, Saturday, in the ambuscade;

When Huck sees that the gathering is a Sunday School class picnic, he questions how Tom saw the event and doesn't understand or believe Tom when he explains it was all "enchantment" worked by
"genies" called up out of "an old tim lamp or an iron ring."

When Huck's efforts to make a genie appear by rubbing a lamp and a ring don't produce any genie, he concludes Tom was giving him the same unlikely story as he had heard at Sunday School. "I judged that all that stuff was only just one of Tom Sawyer's lies." Huck never again was quite so quick to believe one of Tom's stories.

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