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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