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What 5 quotes from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn show the theme of Huck vs. his conscience?

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  1. Huck and Jim have a conversation in chapter twelve about the moral considerations of "borrowing" corn, watermelon, mushmelon, crabapples, and p'simmons [sic]. They come to the conclusion that borrowing is stealing, but they find a find a way to move from not "feeling just right" about it to a mental place where it is "all comfortable."
  2. In chapter thirteen, Huck feels "a little bit heavy-hearted about the gang, but not much," when he sees the wreck of the Walter Scott sink.
  3. After Jim's dressing down in chapter fifteen, Huck reflects on the pain he caused Jim by pretending to be dead, telling himself "I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way."
  4. Because Huck is having a hard time shaking what he has been taught by society, Huck is horrified to hear Jim say that he would steal his children. He confesses "my conscience got to stirring me up hotter than ever" and he makes his plan to "paddle ashore at the first light, and tell."
  5. When Tom Sawyer tells Huck in...

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