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“Now the way that the book winds up is this: Tom and me found the money that the robbers hid in the cave, and it made us rich. We got six thousand dollars apiece—all gold. It was an awful sight of money when it was piled up. Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round—more than a body could tell what to do with. The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied. But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable. So I went back.
The widow she cried over me, and called me a poor lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it. She put me in them new clothes again, and I couldn’t do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up. Well, then, the old
thing commenced again. The widow rung a bell for supper, and you had to come to time. When you got to the table you couldn’t go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn’t really
anything the matter with them,—that is, nothing only everything was cooked by itself. In a barrel of odds and ends it is different; things get mixed up, and the juice kind of swaps around, and the things go better.
find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn’t care no more about him, because I don’t take no stock in dead people.
Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn’t. She said it was a mean practice and wasn’t clean, and I must try to not do it any more. That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it. Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see, yet finding a power of fault with me for doing a thing that had some good in it. And she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself.”
After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to
(Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”)
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Who is the narrator of the fragment?
Which book does the first paragraph refer to?
What is the general tone of the fragment?
Identify the figure of speech that appears in the following fragment: “but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways”.
Which realistic trait is illustrated by the use of the following words and constructions: “sivilize”, “there warn’t really”, “got out her book and learned me about Moses”?
What is the purpose of using the character’s vernacular in the novel?
What is the narrator’s level of education, as proven by his language?
What is the narrator’s attitude in the following passage “that is, nothing only everything was cooked by itself”?
How does the narrator feel about Widow Douglas, as described by the following sentence “And she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself”?
What is the narrator’s financial situation?