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Illustration from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustration from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustration from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Courtesy of The Mark
Twain House, Hartford
Illustration from Life on the Mississippi
Illustration from
Life on the Mississippi
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Mark Twain c. 1884


All his life, Clemens loathed aspects of the small-town South, and especially its casual cruelty, which he immortalized in the words of Huckleberry Finn:

“All the streets and lanes was just mud; they warn’t nothing else BUT mud—mud as black as tar and nigh about a foot deep in some places, and two or three inches deep in ALL the places. The hogs loafed and grunted around everywheres. You’d see a muddy sow and a litter of pigs come lazying along the street and whollop herself right down in the way, where folks had to walk around her, and she’d stretch out and shut her eyes and wave her ears whilst the pigs was milking her, and look as happy as if she was on salary. And pretty soon you’d hear a loafer sing out, ‘Hi! so boy! sick him, Tige!’ and away the sow would go, squealing most horrible, with a dog or two swinging to each ear, and three or four dozen more a-coming; and then you would see all the loafers get up and watch the thing out of sight, and laugh at the fun and look grateful for the noise. Then they’d settle back again till there was a dog fight. There couldn’t anything wake them up all over, and make them happy all over, like a dog fight—unless it might be putting turpentine on a stray dog and setting fire to him, or tying a tin pan to his tail and see him run himself to death.”—Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884

 
 
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