The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

22. When Huck finds Jim, he promises that he will not turn Jim in, even though Jim is a runaway slave. What does this tell you about Huck's character?

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22. When Huck finds Jim, he promises that he will not turn Jim in, even though Jim is a runaway slave. What does this tell you about Huck's character?

23. Jim shares many of his superstitious beliefs with Huck. What impression of Jim’s intelligence do you get?

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22) Huck's initial reaction on hearing of Jim's escape is one of shock; he could not believe someone could run away from his master. He cannot believe that Jim would stoop so low as to run away from his master, which he sees as a terrible sin. Huck does promise to keep his secret, however, despite knowing that "people will call him a low-down abolitionist and despise him for keeping mum" (p. 57). Although Huck disagrees vehemently with the idea of runaway slaves, he quite likes Jim, and so warns him that dogs are coming on to the island. This shows that Huck's heart and Huck's mind are often in disagreement with one another when it comes to the issue of slavery.

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23) Jim is ignorant, but he has a great heart......

Jim starts to tell Huck about various superstitious signs which the slaves watch out for. When some birds go hopping along the ground, stopping every few feet, Jim comments that means it will rain soon. He also tells Huck a story about how he lost a large sum of money, fourteen dollars at the time, by speculating. First, Jim bought a cow that died, and then invested with another slave who was setting up a "bank." Unfortunately, the bank lost all its money and poor Jim had nothing left.

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