Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Youth Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
His eye lit up, and he says:
"I'll HELP you steal him!" (33.18, 33.19)
Tom’s youth becomes apparent in his child-like excitement.
"Gimme a CASE-KNIFE."
I didn’t know what to do – but then I thought. I scratched around amongst the old tools, and got a pickaxe and gave it to him, and he took it and went to work, and never said a word." (36.10-11).
While Huck tends to examine situations logically, Tom acts more like a child, choosing to imaginatively pretend. In a way, this illustrates the differences in the boys' class and upbringing. Huck had to grow up faster and learn to take care of himself, while Tom had the luxury of not facing harsh realities.
THAT was all fixed. So then we went away and went to the rubbage-pile in the back yard, where they keep the old boots, and rags, and pieces of bottles, and wore-out tin things, and all such truck, and scratched around and found an old tin washpan, and stopped up the holes as well as we could, to bake the pie in, and took it down cellar and stole it full of flour and started for breakfast, and found a couple of shingle-nails that Tom said would be handy for a prisoner to scrabble his name and sorrows on the dungeon walls with, and dropped one of them in Aunt Sally's apron-pocket which was hanging on a chair, and t'other we stuck in the band of Uncle Silas's hat, which was on the bureau, because we heard the children say their pa and ma was going to the runaway nigger's house this morning, and then went to breakfast, and Tom dropped the pewter spoon in Uncle Silas's coat-pocket, and Aunt Sally wasn't come yet, so we had to wait a little while. (37.1)
Tom and Huck act like children when they play pranks on Sally and Silas.