At the end of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom and the young vagabond Huckleberry Finn discovered twelve thousand dollars they are shared. The money is now placed at interest by the Thatcher judge. And Huck, whose father has been missing for more than a year, was adopted by the Widow Douglas. This, assisted by her sister Miss Watson, undertakes to "civilize" Huck. The boy, who lived in a barrel until then, enjoy some find themselves encased in beautiful new clothes, crushed under heavy conventions. The sound of six thousand dollars eventually reach the ears of his father, who suddenly appears, is confirmed in the custody of his son, forbids it to go to school, and initiate proceedings against the judge Thatcher to extort money (as Huck took care to sell his share to the judge for a dollar). In spring, the drunkard grabs his son by surprise and takes up the river in a cabin hidden in the woods, where the receiver. Huck says he prefers a life of hunting and fishing stifling constraints it faced at the Widow Douglas. However, the old Finn abusing the stick. In a fit of delirium tremens, he even tries to kill his son. Advantage of the absence of the drunkard, Huck manages to get out of the cabin. "To prevent the widow and the old" running after him, he simulates his own assassination, and down the river by canoe to Jackson Island. After four days, he discovers he is not alone on the island. A runaway slave is hidden: the old Jim, who belongs to Miss Watson. Huck promises not to denounce it. One day, disguised as a girl, Huck returns to the city for news. He learns that some suspect of killing Jim, because the slave disappeared the day of "murder." And men, who noticed smoke on Jackson Island, are exploring it the same evening. Huck hastily returned the island, and the two friends fled aboard a raft. Huck and Jim aboard their raft. Sleeping well hidden the day, sailing at night, they go down the Mississippi. They meet rafts, beautiful storms, barges, steamers, but also a home that floats and contains a corpse, or a ship sinking, on which two bandits are about to perform an unscrupulous accomplice ..
About the Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Though Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that lost a great deal of money, notably the Paige Compositor, which failed because of its complexity and imprecision. In the wake of these financial setbacks, he filed for protection from his creditors via bankruptcy, and with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain chose to pay all his pre-bankruptcy creditors in full, though he had no legal responsibility to do so. Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it," too. He died the day following the comet's subsequent return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age," and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."