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Quote #7

"Old man," said the young one, "I reckon we might double-team it together; what do you think?" (19.16)

Talk about meet-cute. These two guys start off trying to con each other, and they end up going off to con the whole word—or, at least, the whole Mississippi. With the duke and the king, we get a pretty good look at how not to do friendship.

Quote #8

The duke done it, and Jim and me was pretty glad to see it. It took away all the uncomfortableness and we felt mighty good over it, because it would a been a miserable business to have any unfriendliness on the raft; for what you want, above all things, on a raft, is for everybody to be satisfied, and feel right and kind towards the others. (19.48)

After the duke and king decide to work together, Huck is relieved. It's hard enough to deal with feuds and fights in a high school; imagine trying to work them out on a raft. (Actually, someone call the networks—sounds like a great setup for a reality TV show.)

Quote #9

I went to sleep, and Jim didn't call me when it was my turn. He often done that. (23.30)

So, we're reading along, chuckling at Huck's wacky antics, when Twain comes along and hits us in the gut with something like this: "He often done that." There's Jim, looking out for Huck just like a dad—or like a friend.

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