How does the setting contribute to the mood at the beginning of the book Huckleberry Finn?  

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With the first sentence of the book, the reader of The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin understands that this story is going to be narrated by the title character, whose speech pattern is not one that is familiar to most readers today. Huck provides an introduction to the characters who will be important as the story begins and sets the stage with a recap of the action as it ended in the previous story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Huck's conversational style immediately makes the reader comfortable and ready to identify with him and the difficulties of trying to conform to the expectations of the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. As Huck describes his actions and their reactions, it becomes apparent that this story is going to include the kinds of adventures that are most sought after by boys who are comfortable and capable in the natural world and unafraid of anything, although superstitious about many things.

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