The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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CHAPTER V

I HAD shut the door to. Then I turned around, and there he was. I used to be scared of him all the time, he tanned me so much. I reckoned I was scared now, too; but in a minute I see I was mistaken--that is, after the first jolt, as you may say, when my breath sort of hitched, he being so unexpected; but right away after I see I warn't scared of him worth bothring about.

He was most fifty, and he looked it. His hair was long and tangled and greasy, and hung down, and you could see his eyes shining through like he was behind vines. It was all black, no gray; so was his long, mixed-up whiskers. There warn't no color in his face, where his face showed; it was white; not like another man's white, but a white to make a body sick, a white to make a body's flesh crawl--a tree-toad white, a fish-belly white. As for his clothes --just rags, that was all. He had one ankle resting on t'other knee; the boot on that foot was busted, and two of his toes stuck through, and he worked them now and then. His hat was laying on the floor --an old black slouch with the top caved in, like a lid.

I stood a-looking at him; he set there a-looking at me, with his chair tilted back a little. I set the candle down. I noticed the window was up; so he

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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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