Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
How we cite our quotes:
"No! W'y, what has you lived on? But you got a gun. Oh, yes, you got a gun. Dat's good. Now you kill sumfn en I'll make up de fire." (8.39)
Check this out: Huck has the gun, and Jim has the fire. Alone, they're useless (although at least Jim would be warm.) But together, they have heat, food, and companionship—everything a guy needs, right?
"Goodness gracious, is dat you, Huck? En you ain' dead—you ain' drownded—you's back agin? It's too good for true, honey, it's too good for true. Lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o' you. No, you ain' dead! you's back agin, 'live en soun', jis de same ole Huck—de same ole Huck, thanks to goodness!" (15.19)
Huck may have to be educated into friendship with Jim, but Jim seems to come by it naturally. Just check out his sweet way of talking: "honey," "chile," "same ole Huck"—we don't really know why Jim seems to like him so much, but it shows what a good friend he's ready to be.
"Pooty soon I'll be a-shout'n' for joy, en I'll say, it's all on accounts o' Huck; I's a free man, en I couldn't ever ben free ef it hadn' ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won't ever forgit you, Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de ONLY fren' ole Jim's got now." (16.14)
Huck is the only white man who's ever kept his promises to Jim, and to Jim, that makes Huck his best friend. We have to agree. Loyalty is definitely one of the most important qualities of a friend—but is it the only one?