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Huck escapes Pap in the canoe. Jackson Island, although seemingly deserted, has the imagery of an oasis. It is a place safe and isolated from Pap. The imagery gives us a sense of both freedom and safety. Huck sits on this little refuge and marvels at the lights in the night sky.
I went up and set down on a log at the head of the island, and looked out on the big river and the black driftwood and away over to the town, three mile away, where there was three or four lights twinkling. A monstrous big lumber-raft was about a mile up stream, coming along down, with a lantern in the middle of it. I watched it come creeping down, and when it was most abreast of where I stood I heard a man say, "Stern oars, there! heave her head to stabboard!" I heard that just as plain as if the man was by my side.
There was a little gray in the sky now; so I stepped into the woods, and laid down for a nap before breakfast.