The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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CHAPTER XII

IT must 'a' been close on to one o'clock when we got below the island at last, and the raft did seem to go mighty slow. If a boat was to come along we was going to take to the canoe and break for the Illinois shore; and it was well a boat didn't come, for we hadn't ever thought to put the gun in the canoe, or a fishing-line, or anything to eat. We was in ruther too much of a sweat to think of so many things. It warn't good judgment to put everything on the raft.

If the men went to the island I just expect they found the camp-fire I built, and watched it all night for Jim to come. Anyways, they stayed away from us, and if my building the fire never fooled them it warn't no fault of mine. I played it as low down on them as I could.

When the first streak of day began to show we tied up to a towhead in a big bend on the Illinois side, and hacked off cottonwood branches with the hatchet, and covered up the raft with them so she looked like there had been a cave-in in the bank there. A tow- head is a sand-bar that has cottonwoods on it as thick as harrow-teeth.

We had mountains on the Missouri shore and. heavy timber on the Illinois side, and the channel

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Table of contents

  • 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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