The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Chapters 6 and 7 Summary and Analysis

Huck continues to go to school despite the thrashings from his father. With a firm resoluteness he is determined to continue his education, more to spite his father than for any other reason. Pap is waiting around for the court to decide about Huck’s money, but it is a slow process. He hangs around the Widow Douglas’ house too much, and she threatens to make trouble for him. Angered by her attempts to intimidate him, he decides to kidnap Huck and head for the Illinois side of the river in a skiff. They settle in an old abandoned cabin where he keeps Huck locked up when he goes into town for supplies. In spite of all this, living in the woods is relaxing and easy for Huck, and he wonders why he had ever liked the civilized life at the widow’s.

Pap sometimes locks him in the cabin for days at a time, however, and beats him habitually. One night he gets drunk and chases Huck around the cabin with a knife. When his father threatens to hide him in an even more desolate area, so the widow will never be able to find him, he begins to plan an elaborate scheme of escape by faking his own death.

The “June rise” of the river brings with it a canoe loosened from its moorings somewhere upstream. Thinking it might come in handy, Huck quickly hides it in the bushes along the bank. Later Pap finds a log raft floating down the river. He locks Huck in the cabin and promptly goes back into town to sell the logs. Huck then begins his plan of escape. Before Pap has crossed the river, Huck has sawed his way out of the cabin....

(The entire section is 578 words.)