Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Supernatural Quotes Page 7
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A scow or a raft went by so close we could hear them talking and cussing and laughing – heard them plain; but we couldn't see no sign of them; it made you feel crawly; it was like spirits carrying on that way in the air. Jim said he believed it was spirits; but I says:
"No; spirits wouldn't say, 'Dern the dern fog.'" (19.2, 19.3)
Huck refutes Jim’s superstitions with his own youthful brand of logic.
"I hain't ever done you no harm. You know that. So, then, what you want to come back and ha'nt ME for?" (33.2)
Jim and Tom react similarly when they encounter Huck after his "death." Both need some sort of explanation for what they don’t understand – and their first assumption jumps to superstition.
This nigger had a good-natured, chuckle-headed face, and his wool was all tied up in little bunches with thread. That was to keep witches off. He said the witches was pestering him awful these nights, and making him see all kinds of strange things, and hear all kinds of strange words and noises, and he didn't believe he was ever witched so long before in his life. He got so worked up, and got to running on so about his troubles, he forgot all about what he'd been a-going to do. So Tom says: (34.38)
The black slave at Silas’s farm is similar to Jim in his outlandish superstitious beliefs.