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Free Barron's Booknotes-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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CHAPTER 9

Neither Huck nor Jim has any intention of going back to the village; so, without actually stating it, they've decided to be outcasts together. This chapter shows them starting out on their new life.

Huck leads Jim to a cavern he found while he was exploring the island. Jim convinces him that they should carry all their gear up to this place because there are going to be heavy rains. Huck doesn't like having to do all that work, but he decides to go along.

Sure enough, the rain begins right after dinner. Huck gives another of his "poetic" descriptions when he tells about the rain. He seems to be perfectly satisfied with his new life.

It rains for so many days that the river floods. Huck and Jim take the canoe out from time to time to see what they can find. On one of their trips, they retrieve a 12 x 16-foot raft, well-built and sturdy. They bring it back to the island for possible use later.


On another outing, they climb into the window of a two-story house that's floating by. In one room they find the body of a man who has been shot in the back. Jim covers the man's face to keep Huck from seeing it. Jim's behavior might be a little puzzling here, but it will be explained later. He seems to be trying to keep Huck away from the body. Huck, however, isn't much interested in seeing it.

They ransack the house for equipment and supplies they may need. Then they go back to the security of their island.

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