Huck and Tom decide to transport the rope ladder in a homeade pie. So, they had to figure out how to make a pie, that was just a crust, in order to stuff the rope ladder into it. Huck writes that "we didn't want nothing but a crust and we couldn't prop it up right, and she would always cave in." He said that they "had no end of trouble with that pie" and that it took them a couple days, and "three washpans full of flour" before they got it right. They finally figured out that they would have to cook the rope in the crust beforehand to get it to work. THe problem was that the entire rope ladder wouldn't fit, so they just cut it and put a tiny portion in. Pretty useless, but, most of the ridiculous endeavors that they go through to "rescue" Jim are; they are more about the novelty, the adventure, and the thrill than actually being practical in helping Jim.