The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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CHAPTER XXXVIII

MAKING them pens was a distressid tough job, and so was the saw; and Jim allowed the inscription was going to be the toughest of all. That's the one which the prisoner has to scrabble on the wall. But he had to have it; Tom said he'd got to; there warn't no case of a state prisoner not scrabbling his inscription to leave behind, and his coat of arms.

"Look at Lady Jane Grey," he says; "look at Gilford Dudley; look at old Northumberland! Why, Huck, s'pose it is considerble trouble? -- what you going to do? -- how you going to get around it? Jim's got to do his inscription and coat of arms. They all do."

Jim says:

"Why, Mars Tom, I hain't got no coat o' arm; I hain't got nuffn but dish year ole shirt, en you knows I got to keep de journal on dat."

"Oh, you don't understand, Jim; a coat of arms is very different."

"Well," I says, " Jim's right, anyway, when he says he ain't got no coat of arms, because he hain't."

"I reckon I knowed that," Tom says, "but you bet he'll have one before he goes out of this -- because he's going out right, and there ain't going to be no flaws in his record."

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Notice vii
  • Explanatory ix
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 6
  • Chapter III 15
  • Chapter IV 21
  • Chapter V 26
  • Chapter VI 32
  • Chapter VII 42
  • Chapter VIII 51
  • Chapter IX 66
  • Chapter X 72
  • Chapter XI 77
  • Chapter XII 88
  • Chapter XIII 98
  • Chapter XIV 106
  • Chapter XV 112
  • Chapter XVI 121
  • Chapter XVII 133
  • Chapter XVIII 146
  • Chapter XIX 163
  • Chapter XX 175
  • Chapter XXI 188
  • Chapter XXII 201
  • Chapter XXIII 209
  • Chapter XXIV 217
  • Chapter XXV 226
  • Chapter XXVI 237
  • Chapter XXVII 248
  • Chapter XXVIII 258
  • Chapter XXIX 271
  • Chapter XXX 285
  • Chapter XXXI 290
  • Chapter XXXII 303
  • Chapter XXXIII 312
  • Chapter XXXIV 322
  • Chapter XXXV 330
  • Chapter XXXVI 340
  • Chapter XXXVII 348
  • Chapter XXXVIII 357
  • Chapter XXXIX 366
  • Chapter XL 374
  • Chapter XLI 383
  • Chapter XLII 392
  • Chapter the Last 403
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