"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, Chapters 10–18

This American classic chronicles the exploits of Huck and Jim: one is running away from an abusive father and the other is fleeing enslavement. Read the full text here.

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Here are links to our lists for other works by Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, A Story Without an End
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  1. reasonable
    marked by sound judgment
    That sounded pretty reasonable, so I didn't say no more; but I couldn't keep from studying over it and wishing I knowed who shot the man, and what they done it for.
  2. rummage
    search haphazardly
    We rummaged the clothes we'd got, and found eight dollars in silver sewed up in the lining of an old blanket overcoat.
  3. peddle
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    They peddle out such a fish as that by the pound in the market-house there; everybody buys some of him; his meat’s as white as snow and makes a good fry.
  4. shanty
    a small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    There was a light burning in a little shanty that hadn’t been lived in for a long time, and I wondered who had took up quarters there.
  5. curious
    having one's interest aroused
    When the woman stopped talking I looked up, and she was looking at me pretty curious and smiling a little.
  6. prompt
    performed with little or no delay
    Answer up prompt now—don't stop to study over it.
  7. awkward
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
    And when you throw at a rat or anything, hitch yourself up a tiptoe and fetch your hand up over your head as awkward as you can, and miss your rat about six or seven foot.
  8. contrive
    make or work out a plan for; devise
    Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.
  9. jabber
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    I told Jim all about the time I had jabbering with that woman; and Jim said she was a smart one, and if she was to start after us herself she wouldn't set down and watch a camp fire—no, sir, she'd fetch a dog.
  10. wigwam
    a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape
    When it was beginning to come on dark we poked our heads out of the cottonwood thicket, and looked up and down and across; nothing in sight; so Jim took up some of the top planks of the raft and built a snug wigwam to get under in blazing weather and rainy, and to keep the things dry.
  11. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character
    It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed—only a little kind of a low chuckle.
  12. decent
    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
    Pap always said it warn't no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time; but the widow said it warn't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.
  13. conclude
    decide by reasoning
    But towards daylight we got it all settled satisfactory, and concluded to drop crabapples and p'simmons.
  14. bluff
    a high steep bank
    When the lightning glared out we could see a big straight river ahead, and high, rocky bluffs on both sides.
  15. adventure
    a wild and exciting undertaking
    He'd call it an adventure—that's what he'd call it; and he'd land on that wreck if it was his last act.
  16. treacherous
    tending to betray
    You're the meanest, treacherousest hound in this country.
  17. aft
    near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
    So I dropped on my hands and knees in the little passage, and crept aft in the dark till there warn’t but one stateroom betwixt me and the cross-hall of the texas.
  18. berth
    a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
    But before they got in I was up in the upper berth, cornered, and sorry I come.
  19. morals
    motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
    I'm unfavorable to killin' a man as long as you can git aroun' it; it ain't good sense, it ain't good morals.
  20. careen
    move sideways or in an unsteady way
    The door slammed to because it was on the careened side; and in a half second I was in the boat, and Jim come tumbling after me.
  21. plunder
    goods or money obtained illegally
    The skiff was half full of plunder which that gang had stole there on the wreck.
  22. rapscallion
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    I judged she would be proud of me for helping these rapscallions, because rapscallions and dead beats is the kind the widow and good people takes the most interest in.
  23. gumption
    fortitude and determination
    Does I shin aroun' mongs' de neighbors en fine out which un you de bill do b'long to, en han' it over to de right one, all safe en soun', de way dat anybody dat had any gumption would?
  24. dismal
    causing dejection
    If you think it ain't dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once—you'll see.
  25. aggravate
    exasperate or irritate
    The lot of towheads was troubles we was going to get into with quarrelsome people and all kinds of mean folks, but if we minded our business and didn't talk back and aggravate them, we would pull through and get out of the fog and into the big clear river, which was the free States, and wouldn't have no more trouble.
  26. humble
    cause to feel shame
    It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself...
  27. conscience
    motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
    I couldn't get that out of my conscience, no how nor no way.
  28. miserable
    very unhappy
    I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead.
  29. wince
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    Three big men with guns pointed at me, which made me wince, I tell you;
  30. fret
    worry unnecessarily or excessively
    "Never mind, Buck, my boy," says the old man, "you'll have show enough, all in good time, don't you fret about that.
  31. outlandish
    conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
    Well, there was a big outlandish parrot on each side of the clock, made out of something like chalk, and painted up gaudy.
  32. crockery
    ceramic dishes used for serving food
    By one of the parrots was a cat made of crockery, and a crockery dog by the other; and when you pressed down on them they squeaked, but didn’t open their mouths nor look different nor interested.
  33. pensive
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    One was a woman in a slim black dress, belted small under the armpits, with bulges like a cabbage in the middle of the sleeves, and a large black scoop-shovel bonnet with a black veil, and white slim ankles crossed about with black tape, and very wee black slippers, like a chisel, and she was leaning pensive on a tombstone on her right elbow...
  34. disposition
    your usual mood
    But I reckoned that with her disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard.
  35. tribute
    something given or done as an expression of esteem
    Every time a man died, or a woman died, or a child died, she would be on hand with her " tribute" before he was cold.
  36. deny
    refuse to recognize or acknowledge
    He was well born, as the saying is, and that's worth as much in a man as it is in a horse, so the Widow Douglas said, and nobody ever denied that she was of the first aristocracy in our town; and pap he always said it, too, though he warn't no more quality than a mudcat himself.
  37. mite
    a slight but appreciable amount
    ...Bob and Tom poured a spoonful of water on the sugar and the mite of whisky or apple brandy in the bottom of their tumblers, and give it to me and Buck, and we drank to the old people too.
  38. caper
    jump about playfully
    They was all a-horseback; he lit off of his horse and got behind a little woodpile, and kep’ his horse before him to stop the bullets; but the Grangerfords stayed on their horses and capered around the old man, and peppered away at him, and he peppered away at them.
  39. astonished
    filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise
    I was a good deal astonished, but when I got my breath I asked her what the paper was about, and she asked me if I had read it, and I said no, and she asked me if I could read writing, and I told her "no, only coarse-hand," and then she said the paper warn't anything but a bookmark to keep her place, and I might go and play now.
  40. cavort
    play boisterously
    There was four or five men cavorting around on their horses in the open place before the log store, cussing and yelling, and trying to get at a couple of young chaps that was behind the wood-rank alongside of the steamboat landing; but they couldn’t come it.

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