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craigdick | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM via web

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Who are the only members of the feuding families specifically mentioned as saved from the massacre in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

The feud is between the Grangerfords and the Shepersons in chapter 18.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 14, 2012 at 3:37 AM (Answer #1)

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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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