The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Why does Jim have to make the inscription on the wall?

Chapter 38

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Tom designs a coat-of-arms for Jim to inscribe on the walls so as to permanently leave his mark on the prison cell. Next, Tom works out three mournful inscriptions and tells Jim he must carve them into a rock. Tom shows hubris here, thinking he is some kind of criminal genius and wanting people to know it at Jim's expense.