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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 5 Summary
Alcoholic, abusive Pap does what all alcoholic, abusive fathers do: he drinks and abuses Huck. He's also trying to stop his son from gaining an education, life, civilized upbringing, culture, knowledge, and basically anything that he himself doesn't have. He demands that Huck stop going to school and stop learning about religion and even tears up one of his schoolbooks. Oh, and he wants money. But Huck is all, "Money? What money?" Ah-ha. This is why Huck handed his money over to the Judge. Pap does manage to steal the last dollar Huck has, which he uses to get drunk in town. The next day, still drunk, Pap harasses the judge about getting Huck's money. Judge Thatcher turns him down and tries to get the court to officially remove him from a position as Huck's legal guardian. Unfortunately, there's a new judge in town who doesn't know how bad this guy is, and he refuses. Pap threatens to beat Huck senseless if he doesn't get some money, so Huck scrapes together $3, which Pap promptly drinks. He then wanders around town causing trouble until he gets jailed. But this new judge in town believes in myths as the tooth fairy and man's inherent goodness. He thinks Pap is just reaching out for help. So, the judge takes Pap in and gives him a bed and a new jacket. Pap promptly sells the jacket for liquor, and now the judge has had it: he says that maybe you could reform a man with a shotgun, but that's about it.
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