The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a first person narrative told by the title character, Huckleberry Finn, as he accompanies a runaway slave on his journey to freedom.

Source: Twain, M. (1884). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Charles L. Webster And Company.

A warning is given to the reader by the author.
“Chapter 1”
The outcome of Huck and Tom's previous adventures are revealed. Widow Douglas' attempts to civilize Huck.
“Chapter 2”
Huck plays a trick on Jim in order to avoid getting caught sneaking out. Huck joins Tom Sawyer's gang.
“Chapter 3”
Huck is introduced to prayer. Huck's father Pap is rumored to have died, much to the relief of Huck. Tom's gang disbands.
“Chapter 4”
Huck finds evidence suggesting his father has come looking for him.
“Chapter 5”
Pap criticizes Huck's appearance and education. In an attempt to gain access to Huck's fortune Pap seeks custody of Huck.
“Chapter 6”
Pap continues to seek Huck's fortune. Pap kidnaps Huck only to almost kill him in a drunken stupor.
“Chapter 7”
Huck escapes his father after faking his own death.
“Chapter 8”
Huck hears of his own murder from a passing ferry boat. Huck finds Jim on Jackson Island.
“Chapter 9”
Huck and Jim take refuge as a storm rages. The pair make a "ghastly" discovery.
“Chapter 10”
Jim is bitten by a snake, causing Jim to fear that he and Huck have incurred some bad luck. After Jim recovers, Huck goes ashore to get information disguised as a girl.
“Chapter 11”
Huck learns that Pap is a suspect in his "murder" and that there is a bounty for Jim. Jackson Island is no longer safe for Huck and Jim.
“Chapter 12”
Huck and Jim build a wigwam on the raft to provide some shelter. The pair travel at night to avoid being seen. Huck and Jim encounter some thieves while exploring a sunken steamboat.
“Chapter 13”
Huck and Jim steal the robber's boat, but send a ferryman to rescue them from the wreckage. Huck feels he has done a good deed.
“Chapter 14”
Huck and Jim look through the items from the wrecked steamboat. Huck tells Jim the story of King Solomon.
“Chapter 15”
Huck and Jim are separated. Huck's view of Jim changes after he plays a mean trick on him.
“Chapter 16”
Huck and Jim are afraid they passed Cairo. Huck questions whether or not to turn Jim over to the authorities. Bad luck continues to follow Huck and Jim.
“Chapter 17”
Huck is invited to stay with the Grangerford family.
“Chapter 18”
Huck learns of the longstanding Grangerford-Shepherdson feud. Huck and Jim continued downstream after witnessing the feuding families in action.
“Chapter 19”
Huck and Jim are joined by the duke and the dauphin.
“Chapter 20”
The duke and the dauphin inquire about Jim. Huck and Jim get to the a performance by the duke and the dauphin.
“Chapter 21”
The duke and the dauphin continued to perfect their craft. Huck witnesses a shooting.
“Chapter 22”
Huck bears witness as a mob attempts to lynch Sherburn. Huck goes to the circus.
“Chapter 23”
The Royal Nonesuch draws a capacity crowd. The duke escapes before the townspeople can have their revenge. Jim longs to reunite with his family.
“Chapter 24”
Huck, Jim, the duke and the dauphin arrive in another town. The duke and the dauphin attempt to steal a deceased man's wealth.
“Chapter 25”
The deceased man's daughter gives a large sum of money to the dauphin. The town doctor is suspicious of the two men.
“Chapter 26”
Huck takes the money from the dauphin, intending to return it to the Wilks family.
“Chapter 27”
Huck hides the money in the deceased man's coffin, only to have it sealed by the undertaker before can remove it. The dauphin questions Huck about the missing money.
“Chapter 28”
Huck tells Mary Jane the truth about the dauphin and the duke. The real Wilks brothers arrive just in time for the auction.
“Chapter 29”
The duke and the dauphin are exposed as frauds. The gold is discovered when the deceased Wilks is exhumed. Huck escapes back to the raft, where he is once again joined by the duke and the dauphin.
“Chapter 30”
The duke and the dauphin explain how they escaped, but accuse each other stealing the gold.
“Chapter 31”
The dauphin betrays Jim. Huck searches for Jim, intent on freeing him from the Phelps farm.
“Chapter 32”
Huck goes to the Phelps farm to find and free Jim. Huck awaits the arrival of a good friend.
“Chapter 33”
Tom agrees to help Huck free Jim. Huck and Tom stay at the Phelps place, hoping to learn where Jim is being held. The dauphin and the duke get their just reward.
“Chapter 34”
Tom figures out the location of Jim. Huck and Tom come up with a plan to free Jim.
“Chapter 35”
Tom's plan helps to complicate Jim's escape.
“Chapter 36”
Helping Jim to escape proves to be harder than expected.
“Chapter 37”
Aunt Sally becomes suspicious after a number of items disappear, only to re-appear later. Huck and Tom bake a "witch pie" for Jim.
“Chapter 38”
Tom continues to complicate Jim's escape with unnecessary plans.
“Chapter 39”
Tom inadvertently infest the Phelps' house with rats. Tom writes an anonymous letter warning the Phelps of a plot to steal Jim.
“Chapter 40”
A group of locals show up to prevent the theft of Jim. Huck, Tom, and Jim narrowly escape down the river.
“Chapter 41”
Huck finds a doctor for Tom. The local farmers try to make sense of the previous night.
“Chapter 42”
Tom is brought to the Phelps house, still healing from his wounds. Jim is re-captured after sacrificing his freedom in order to save Tom. Tom reveals the late Miss Watsons' final wishes in regards to Jim's freedom.
“Chapter 43”
Jim is finally set free, Tom recovers from his wounds, and the fate of Huck's father is revealed.
  • Year Published: 1884
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 10.0
  • Word Count: 124,983
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Keywords: 19th century literature, american literature, mark twain, samuel clemens, southern authors
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