"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, Chapters 19-31

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.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-31, Chapters 32-43

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. navigate
    travel by water
    It was a monstrous big river down there--sometimes a mile and a half wide; we run nights, and laid up and hid daytimes; soon as night was most gone we stopped navigating and tied up--nearly always in the dead water under a towhead;
  2. wade
    walk through relatively shallow water
    I don't hear the dogs and horses yet; you've got time to crowd through the brush and get up the crick a little ways; then you take to the water and wade down to me and get in--that'll throw the dogs off the scent."
  3. forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    I am the lineal descendant of that infant--I am the rightful Duke of Bridgewater; and here am I, forlorn, torn from my high estate, hunted of men, despised by the cold world, ragged, worn, heart-broken, and degraded to the companionship of felons on a raft!"
  4. premature
    uncommonly early or before the expected time
    "Trouble has done it, Bilgewater, trouble has done it; trouble has brung these gray hairs and this premature balditude.
  5. exile
    the act of expelling a person from their native land
    Yes, gentlemen, you see before you, in blue jeans and misery, the wanderin', exiled, trampled-on, and sufferin' rightful King of France."
  6. fate
    your overall circumstances or condition in life
    'Tis my fate to be always ground into the mire under the iron heel of oppression.
  7. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority
    Misfortune has broken my once haughty spirit; I yield, I submit; 'tis my fate.
  8. commence
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    Le's commence right away."
  9. earnest
    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
    Then the preacher begun to preach, and begun in earnest, too; and went weaving first to one side of the platform and then the other, and then a-leaning down over the front of it, with his arms and his body going all the time, and shouting his words out with all his might;
  10. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    "Oh, come to the mourners' bench! come, black with sin! (amen!) come, sick and sore! (amen!) come, lame and halt and blind! (amen!) come, pore and needy, sunk in shame! (a-a-men!) come, all that's worn and soiled and suffering!--come with a broken spirit! come with a contrite heart! come in your rags and sin and dirt!
  11. heathen
    a person who does not acknowledge your god
    He said it warn't no use talking, heathens don't amount to shucks alongside of pirates to work a camp-meeting with.
  12. bodkin
    a dagger with a slender blade
    To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin
  13. outrageous
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    And makes us rather sling the arrows of outrageous fortune
  14. coax
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    Everybody that could get a chance at him tried their best to coax him off of his horse so they could lock him up and get him sober; but it warn't no use--up the street he would tear again, and give Sherburn another cussing.
  15. persuade
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position or belief
    If anybody can persuade him, she can."
  16. deliberate
    unhurried and with care and dignity
    Just then Sherburn steps out on to the roof of his little front porch, with a double-barrel gun in his hand, and takes his stand, perfectly ca'm and deliberate, not saying a word.
  17. pluck
    the trait of showing courage and determination
    The idea of you thinking you had pluck enough to lynch a man!
  18. advise
    inform somebody of something
    Go along home, and advise everybody to come and see the tragedy."
  19. indifferent
    marked by no especial preference for one thing over another
    And he would do it just as indifferent as if he was ordering up eggs.
  20. suspicion
    doubt about someone's honesty
    He had suspicions of his father, the Duke of Wellington.
  21. imitate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    I can't imitate him, and so I ain't a-going to try to; but he really done it pretty good.
  22. elegant
    suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
    When we got up-stairs everybody gethered around the table, and the king he counted it and stacked it up, three hundred dollars in a pile--twenty elegant little piles.
  23. convince
    make realize the truth or validity of something
    Then the king says, "I knowed it; I reckon that'll convince anybody the way he feels about it.
  24. scoundrel
    someone who does evil deliberately
    "I was your father's friend, and I'm your friend; and I warn you as a friend, and an honest one that wants to protect you and keep you out of harm and trouble, to turn your backs on that scoundrel and have nothing to do with him, the ignorant tramp, with his idiotic Greek and Hebrew, as he calls it.
  25. spry
    moving quickly and lightly
    These yer orphans'll git their house back agin, and that's enough for them; they're young and spry, and k'n easy earn a livin'.
  26. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    That's mighty good!--and mighty ingenious--under the circumstances!
  27. prejudice
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
    They made the king tell his yarn, and they made the old gentleman tell his'n; and anybody but a lot of prejudiced chuckleheads would a seen that the old gentleman was spinning truth and t'other one lies.
  28. intend
    have in mind as a purpose
    "Well, you just own up, first, that you did hide that money there, intending to give me the slip one of these days, and come back and dig it up, and have it all to yourself."
  29. disgust
    fill with distaste
    But I soon give up that notion for two things: she'd be mad and disgusted at his rascality and ungratefulness for leaving her, and so she'd sell him straight down the river again...
  30. bogus
    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    And when you tell him the handbill and the reward's bogus, maybe he'll believe you when you explain to him what the idea was for getting 'em out.

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