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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 34 Summary

  • Tom and Huck figure out that Jim is being held in a hut near to the farmhouse. They debate over which plan would be best to steal him and escape.
  • Huck's idea is fairly basic: steal Jim, leave on the raft.
  • But Tom and his overdeveloped sense of adventure aren't satisfied. He wants to dig Jim out of the hut.
  • So they head to the hut and meet Nat, one of the Phelps' slaves, who is incredibly superstitious (he's afraid of witches).
  • The boys tell Jim to stay hopeful. Since doors are for suckers, they're going to dig him out.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 35 Summary

  • As evidenced by his disdain for doors, Tom is one of those people who likes to make life a little harder than it should be.
  • Because of this tendency, Tom devises lots of weird, literary-based strategies to help Jim escape.
  • First he wants a saw to take off the leg from Jim's bed (that's where he's chained up).
  • Huck cleverly remarks that you could simply lift up the bed, but like doors, such actions are for suckers.
  • Then he wants to actually saw Jim's leg off. And make a moat around the cabin. And bake Jim a pie with a rope ladder hidden inside.
  • All of this is necessary, he insists, since that's how they do it in adventure books.
  • Huck steals some supplies (shirt, sheet) from the Phelpses. He tries to call it "borrowing," but Tom, who apparently is now all morals, tells him that, in fact, it's stealing, so let's just call a horse a horse.
  • However, he also says that the stealing is okay, since everyone knows prisoners get a free pass to steal what they need.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 36 Summary

  • Apparently, digging thirty-foot tunnels is tough work, especially when you don't want to use a shovel. He concedes to practicality, as long as they can pretend they dug him out with a knife and not a pickaxe.
  • Huck takes this as a sign that Tom is just full of principles.
  • The boys include Jim in plotting their various machinations, many of which include hiding things like brass candlesticks in his food.
  • When Nat (the superstitious slave) starts getting suspicious, the boys blame all the mysterious happenings on witches.
  • Not to worry. They'll bake a witch's pie to placate the spirits.

 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 37 Summary

  • Because plotting day-by-day to help a man escape from imprisonment isn't enough to keep these boys occupied, they also play some pranks on Silas and Sally.
  • In an oh-so-comical scene that follows, they continuously steal and replace a spoon while Aunt Sally tries to count how many there are.
  • It's a knee-slappin' good time.
  • While Aunt Sally goes quietly insane, the boys finally get around to baking that witch's pie. They hide a rope ladder in it to give to Jim and pretend the endeavor took nine months.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 38 Summary

  • Tom makes Jim carve various inscriptions into the wall before his escape, because that's how it's done in books and history and all that jazz.
  • He then makes up a coat of arms for Jim to draw, along with several "mournful inscriptions" such as: "Here a captive heart busted" (38.18). Pure poetry.
  • In order to make the last few days of Jim's stay as pleasant as possible, they decide they need some rats, snakes, spiders, and everything else they can think of that bites, itches, scratches, or otherwise impedes a man's sleep.

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