Please provide a few quotes that show Huck fighting society and Huck is going back to society in The Adventures of Huckleberrry Finn.

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You can have your choice of quotes by reading the first and last chapter in this novel. In the first chapter, we see that this novel starts off where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ended. Huck has agreed to live with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson and give being "civilized" a chance:

But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable. So I went back.

Soon Huck feels trapped in civilization, however:

She put me in them new clothes again, and I couldn't do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up. Well, then, the old thing commenced again.

The "old thing" he is referring to is his wunderlust. The Widow Douglas's and Miss Watson's constant attempts to civilize Huck make him more and more uncomfortable:

Miss Watson she kept pecking at me, and it got tiresome and lonesome.

In the last chapter of the novel, Huck says this of living with Aunt Sally:

But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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