Jim had said prior to this that Huck would have bad luck from handling a snake skin, and all that happened is that he found a coat with money in it. Huck gets an old lamp and tries to find a genie, but when it fails he decides that the genies were just another of Tom's lies. Huck is scared, and Huck's father mocks Huck about his clean clothes. In the beginning of chapter four Huck talks about his experiences with school. I said I reckoned they killed him, too; but Jim didn't want to talk about that. Thus, Twain truly demonstrates how honor and robbery can coexist. Huck finally rejoins Jim, who is sleeping.
According to Huck, Jim tells all the other slaves that he had been ridden around the world by some witches, and that the nickel was given to him by the devil. He climbs out of the bedroom window and drops to the ground to meet his friend. He also advises Huck to dress like a girl. I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim's blanket, ever so natural, thinking there'd be some fun when Jim found him there. This split between natural and book learning will be brought to a head when Huck encounters Pap directly. Huck thinks this is a fun idea. Well, by night I forgot all about the snake, and when Jim flung himself down on the blanket while I struck a light, the snake's mate was there, and bit him.
Typically, Huck is a very sensible person, making his adherence to superstition slightly ironic. But now Huck has had an experience that proves to him that bad luck exists. Immediately, a collection is taken up and the King leaves with over eighty-seven dollars. Huck practices acting like a girl all day, and paddles in his canoe up the Illinois shore just after dark. For example, Huck explains that the Widow Douglas wouldn't let him smoke, even though, ironically, she secretly uses snuff herself. It is the story of Huck's struggle to win freedom for himself and Jim, a Negro slave.
Huck recounts the story of what happened to bring the bad luck. Huck wants to go to the village. Jim tells Huck that Pap is torn between two angels, a good white angel and a bad black angel. Miss Watson's slave hears the sound and comes outside to look around. Jim has the raft, which he completely repaired, and is waiting for Huck to rejoin him so they can continue their trip downriver. He finds a rusty wood-saw and cuts out a small section of the log cabin wall that he covers with a blanket when his father is around.
They continue watching for Cairo, but are unable to locate it. He made me take off the rattles and tie them around his wrist, too. The dauphin and the duke attend a revival meeting. We couldn't handle him, of course; he would a flung us into Illinois. The Phelps assume Huck is their nephew, Tom, Tom Sawyer, whose arrival is expected.
His father is angry that he's been attending school because he doesn't want to have a son who knows more than he does. He soon returns and tells Huck what he did. I went to the cavern to get some, and found a rattlesnake in there. The neighborhood is discussing the strange contents of the shed and marvel at the skill of the desperados. He said that would help.
Two men come running through the woods and beg him for help. Jim replies that it is coming. He jumped up yelling, and the first thing the light showed was the varmit curled up and ready for another spring. Tom tells Huck the story of the genie in the lamp, so Huck heads home to rub an old tin lamp hoping to find a genie without any success. I never seen anybody but lied, one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybr Mary. Huck decides that Jim was right about the bad luck in handling snake skin.
Huck says, though, that the food is good, even though each dish is served by itself. The new judge is livid at this betrayal of his trust and comments that the only way to reform Pap is with a shotgun. There, he finds escaped slave Jim, and the two hide out together. I did not know a great deal about the novel itself; however, I had a desire to learn more. This warning is juxtaposed by her painful academic lessons. He remarks that everyone knows dead men float face down, so this must have been a woman in man's clothing that looked like his Pap.
Tom Sawyer's gang can be viewed as a childish representation of society as a whole, an example of a synecdoche. Huck begins sawing his way out of the cabin. Tom Sawyer convinces him to return so he can join their gang. In fact, the happenings reflect a modern day theme, as a Grangerford daughter and Shepherdson son elope, causing a familial massacre. The new judge takes Pap into his home to reform him. Huck muses that he'd rather be bit by a snake than drink that whiskey. Well, the days went along, and the river went down between its banks again; and about the first thing we done was to bait one of the big hooks with a skinned rabbit and set it and catch a cat-fish that was as big as a man, being six foot two inches long, and weighed over two hundred pounds.
Miss Watson is a spinster who decides that Huck must get an education. When Pap leaves, Huck finishes sawing his way out of the cabin and fakes his own death by slaughtering a pig and smearing the blood in the cabin. She takes him into a closet to pray, and tells him to pray every day so he will get what he wants. Harvey then follows the two boys into the woods but is unable to catch them. That night, the boys dig their way to Jim, who is delighted to see them. Each of these roles provides great insight into Huck's personality. He killed it and put it on Jim's blanket for some fun.