Explain the verbal irony in Huck’s statement, “We was all glad as we could be, but Tom was the gladdest of all because he had a bullet in the calf of his leg.”

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rdawnp eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tom's character is the reason for the verbal irony. Most people would be upset at being shot or injured, but Tom is proud to have a bullet in his calf because it shows how tough or bad he is. He is adventurous and excited to have evidence of surviving danger.

tedmm | Student

The verbal irony is that Tom should actually be sad and hurt, not glad. Being injured with a bullet one of the worst things that can happen to one, and the irony here is that Tom is the ‘gladdest person’.


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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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