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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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Does "getting religion" in the quote from Huckleberry Finn refer to begging for mercy?

"I'll lay for you, my smarty; and if I catch you about that school I'll tan you good. First you know you'll get religion, too."

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Huck's Pap is threatening Huck by telling him that if he doesn't stay away from school, then he will beat him.  Pap is upset that Huck is getting an education because he feels like Huck is 'putting on airs' or acting like he's better than his father by getting an education.  The line about religion is similar.  Basically Pap is saying, "First you go and get an education - next thing you know, you'll be going to church and being religious too."  Pap hates both education and religion and wants Huck to stay away from both.

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