Level 1

“Then I slid out quiet and throwed the snakes clear away amongst the bushes for I warn’t going to let Jim find out it was all my fault, not if I could help it.” (53)


"Conscience says to me 'What had poor Miss Watson done to you, that you could see her nigger go off right under your eyes and never say one single word? What did that poor old woman do to you, that you could treat her so mean?” (88)

"So after all our hard work and trouble this escape'll go off perfectly flat" (268).

Level 3

"'Ransomed? What's that?' 'I don't know. But that's what they do. I've seen it in books; and so of course that's what we've got to do.' 'But how can we do it if we don't know what it is?' 'Why blame it all, we've got to do it. Don't I tell you it's in the books? Do you want to go to doing different from what's in the books, and get things all muddled up?” (9).

"Conscience says to me 'What had poor Miss Watson done to you, that you could see her nigger go off right under your eyes and never say one single word? What did that poor old woman do to you, that you could treat her so mean?” (88)

Level 4

"Mornings, before daylight, I slipped into corn fields and borrowed a watermelon, or a mushmelon, or a punkin, or some new corn, or things of that kind. Pap always said it warn't no harm to borrow things, if you was meaning to pay them back, sometime; but the widow said it warn't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.” (65)

Level 5
"I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before." (294)

“I couldn’t ever feel any hardness against them anymore in the world. It was a dreadful thing to see. Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” (231)

Level 6
“Quick, Jim, it ain't no time for fooling around and moaning; there's a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don't hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can't get away from the wreck, there's one of 'em going to be in a bad fix. But if we find their boat we can put all of 'em in a bad fix - for the Sheriff 'll get 'em.” (70)

"I know what you'll say. You'll say it's dirty Low-down business; but what if it is? - I'm low down; and I'm agoing to steal him, and I want you to keep mum and not let on. Will you?” (226)

“All right, then, all go to hell -and tore it up.” (214)


"Old man," said the young one, "I reckon we might double-team it together; what do you think? I ain't undisposed. What's your line-mainly? Jour printer by trade : do a little in patent medicines: theater actor-tragedy, you know: take a turn to mesmerism and phrenology when there is a chance : teach singing -geography school or a change: sling a lecture sometimes –oh, I do lots of things-most anything that comes handy so it ain't work. What's your lay?" (121)

“It didn't take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn’t know Kings nor Dukes at all, but just low down humbugs and frauds. But I never said nothing, never let on: kept it to myself: it's the best way: then you don't have no quarrels, and don't get into no trouble”. (125)

“Alas alas our poor brother gone, and we never got to see him oh, it's too, too hard! Then he turns around, blubbering, and makes a lot of idiotic signs to the Duke on his hands, and blamed if he didn't drop a carpet-bag and bust out a-crying. If they weren't the beatenest lot, them two frauds, that ever I struck” (162-163)

“So now the frauds reckoned they was out of danger, and they begun to work the villages again” (209).

“They done a lecture on temperance: but they didn't make enough for them to get drunk on. Then in another village they started a dancing school: but they didn't know know more how to dance then a kangaroo does” (209).


“Leggo the boy, you old idiot! Would you a done any different? Did you inquire around for him, when you got loose? I don’t remember it.” (206)

“” I knowed it was the King and the Duke, though they was all over par and feathers, and didn't look like nothing in the world that was human-just looked like a couple of monstrous big soldier-plumes. Well, it made me sick to see it: and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn't ever feel any hardness against them anymore in the world. It was a dreadful thing to see. Human beings can be awful cruel to one another” (231)

“I warn’t feeling so rash as I was before, but kind of ornery, and humble, and to blame, somehow-though I hadn't done nothing. But that's always the way: it don't make no difference whether you do right or wrong, a person's conscience ain't got no sense, and just goes for him anyway.” ( 231)


"Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches."(6).

"'Yes-en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns mysef, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn' want no mo'.'" (47)

"Well, den, dis is de way it look to me, Huck. Ef it wuz HIM dat 'uz bein' sot free, en one er de boys wuz to git shot, would he say, 'Go on en save me, nemmine 'bout a doctor f'r to save dis one?' Is dat like Mars Tom Sawyer? Would he say dat? You BET he wouldn't! WELL, den, is JIM gywne to say it? No, sah—I doan' budge a step out'n dis place 'dout a DOCTOR, not if it's forty year!" (276)

“then the others softened up a little too, and I was mighty thankful to that old Dr. for doing Jim that good turn: and I was glad it was according to my judgment of him, to: because I thought he had a good heart in him and was a good man the first time I see him. Then they all agreed that Jim had acted very well, and was deserving to have some notice took of it, and reward. So every one of them promised, right out and hearty, that they wouldn't cut him no more. Then they come out and locks him up. I hope they was going to say he could have one or two of the chains took off, he cause they was rotten heavy, or could have meat and greens with his bread and water: but they didn't think of it, and I reckoned it warn’t best for me to mix in.” (286-287)

"Well, I b'lieve you, Huck. I—I RUN OFF. Jim! But mind, you said you wouldn't tell -you know you said you wouldn't tell Huck. Well I did say I wouldn't, and I'll stick to it honest injun, I will. People would call me a low-down abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum-but that don't make no difference. I ain't a-going to tell." (43)

"Lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o' you" (83)

“It was 15 min. before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to nigger: but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterward, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done it that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way” (86)

“Huck: you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had: en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now.” (89)

“De old true Huck: de on’y white genlman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim" (89)

“I went to sleep, and Jim didn't call me when it was my turn. He often done that.” (155)

"I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their'n. It don't seem natural, but I reckon it's so. He was often moaning and warning that way nights, when he judged I was asleep and saying Po little Lizabeth ! Po little Johnny ! It's mighty hard: I spec’ I ain't ever gwyne to see you know mo’, no mo’!. He was a mighty good nigger, Jim was ." (155).


“ the widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me: but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways” (1)

“the widow she cried over me, and called me up or lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it.” (1)

“here, Mary Jane, Susan, Joanner, take the money-take it all. It's the gift of him that lays yonder, cold but joyful. Mary Jane she went for him, Susan and the hare lip went for the Duke, and then such another hugging and kissing I never see yet” (168)

“Mary Jane straightened herself up, and my, but she was handsome! She says: here is my answer. She hove up the bag of money and put it in the King's hands, and says take this $6000 and in best for me and my sisters anyway you want to and don't give us no receipt for it” (170)

“I says to myself, this is another one that I'm letting him rob her of her money. And when she got through they all jest laid there sells out to make me feel at home and no I was amongst friends. I felt so ornery and lowdown and mean that I says to myself, my minds made up: I’ll hive that money for them or bust” (175).

“I'm going to do everything just as you told me: and if I don't ever see you again I sha’n’t ever forget you, and I'll think of you many and many a time, and I'll pray for you, too-and she was gone.”(191)

“Aunt Sally was a good deal on easy: but uncle Silas he said there were no occasion to be-boys will be boys he said” (282) “and when I went to bed she come up with me and fetched her candle, and tucked me in, and mothered me so good I felt mean, and like I couldn't look her in the face” (283) “the door ain’t going to be locked, Tom, and there's the window and the rod: but you'll be good, won't you? And you won't go? For my sake.” (283)