The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 16 and 17 Summary and Analysis

Mark Twain

Chapters 16 and 17 Summary and Analysis

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Two men on a skiff: men looking for runaway slaves

Buck Grangerford: a boy Huck’s age

Bob and Tom: members of the Grangerford family

Betsy: Grangerford’s slave

Summary
Huck and Jim rest all day and start for Cairo at dark. When he thinks about Cairo and gaining his freedom, Jim’s excitement mounts, but Huck becomes increasingly uneasy. Painfully aware that he is helping a slave escape to freedom, his conscience suddenly bothers him. This time he cannot seem to rationalize his actions as he has done before. He does not think Miss Watson, Jim’s owner, deserves such treatment. When Jim incessantly chatters on about...

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