What are some quotes that show what the river represents to Huck and Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain?

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For Huck, the river is a place of adventure. For example, as he and Jim are floating down the river, Huck sees a wrecked boat.  He says,

Well, it being away in the night and stormy, and all so mysterious-like, I felt just the way any other boy would a felt when I see that wreck laying there so mournful and lonesome in the middle of the river.  I wanted to get aboard of her and slink around a little, and see what there was there.

The river is also a source of income for Huck and Jim. Huck is able to convince Jim to board the wreck by arguing they might find something they could sell:

We might borrow something worth having out of the captain’s stateroom.  Seegars, I bet you—and cost five cents apiece, solid cash.  Steamboat captains is always rich, and get sixty dollars a month, and they don’t care a cent what a thing costs, you know, long as they want it.

The river is a place of autonomy for Huck and Jim. Not only does it offer them freedom, it offers them work and food, the...

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