The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

How did Huck know that his father had not drowned?

Chapter 3: We Ambuscade the A-Rabs

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A drowned man is found in the river, and the townspeople believe is Huck's Pap. Huck is unconvinced after he hears the man was found floating on his back. He remarks that everyone knows dead men float face down, so this must have been a woman in man's clothing that looked like his Pap.