Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Lies and Deceit Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Be done, boys! Who's there?"
"George Jackson, sir." (17.2-17.6)
Okay, stay with us for some brain-bending thoughts: Huck is only half lying. See, the first thing he says is, "it's me." And it is! It's Huck himself, only Huck is going under the name George Jackson. Is this really a lie?
"Well, how'd the old thing pan out this time, duke?"
He hadn't been up-town at all. (23.11, 23.12)
Huck's lies are spur of the moment, but the duke's are premeditated. We're thinking this is a major difference between conning someone, like the duke and king do, and just trying to get through one more day—like Huck.
"Set down, my boy; I wouldn't strain myself if I was you. I reckon you ain't used to lying, it don't seem to come handy; what you want is practice. You do it pretty awkward. (29.33)
Lawyer Levi Bell sees right through Huck. Huck might think he's a seasoned deceiver, but he's really just a nice kid. (To be fair, he's trying to convince a doctor and lawyer that he's from England. That's a little like you trying to convince NASA that you came from Mars.)