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Huck and Jim continue down the river. On one of his solo expeditions in the canoe Huck experiences the peace and solitude of the river. He notices the sights, smells and natural rhythms of the river,
"nearly always in the dead water under a towhead; and then cut young cottonwoods and willows, and hid the raft with them. Then we set out the lines. Next we slid into the river and had a swim, so as to freshen up and cool off; then we set down on the sandy bottom where the water was about knee deep, and watched the daylight come. Not a sound anywheres -- perfectly still -- just like the whole world was asleep, only sometimes the bullfrogs a-cluttering..."
Twain's use of imagery is meant to enable the reader to become a part of the journey. Huck has always felt that traveling the river makes one feel, "mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." Their travels have been a source of enjoyment. Twain's descriptive language at the beginning of the chapter allows us to share the way Huck feels while they're floating down the river. His language effects all five senses in the way we can feel, hear, smell, and even taste the air where Huck is traveling. But the further they go, the more air is filled with foreboding; the sense of freedom begins to disappear. Twain's intent is fulfilled because we can FEEL what is happening because of the imagery he's presented us with.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn