(TOM SAWYER'S COMRADE)
SCENE: The Mississippi Valley TIME: Forty to Fifty Years Ago
By Mark Twain
I. I Discover Moses and the Bulrushers.
Our Gang's Dark Oath
We Ambuscade the A-rabs
The Hair-ball Oracle
V. Pap Starts in on a New Life
Pap Struggles with the Death Angel
I Fool Pap and Get Away
I Spare Miss Watson's Jim
The House of Death Floats By
X. What Comes of Handlin' Snake-skin
They're After Us!
"Better Let Blame Well Alone"
Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott"
Was Solomon Wise?
Fooling Poor Old Jim
The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Work
The Grangerfords Take Me In
Why Harney Rode Away for His Hat
The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboard
What Royalty Did to Parkville
An Arkansaw Difficulty
Why the Lynching Bee Failed
The Orneriness of Kings
The King Turns Parson
All Full of Tears and Flapdoodle
I Steal the King's Plunder
Dead Peter has His Gold
Overreaching Don't Pay
I Light Out in the Storm
The Gold Saves the Thieves
You Can't Pray a Lie
I Have a New Name
The Pitiful Ending of Royalty
We Cheer Up Jim
Trying to Help Jim
Jim Gets His Witch-pie
"Here a Captive Heart Busted"
Tom Writes Nonnamous Letters
A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescue
'a' Been Sperits"
Why They Didn't Hang Jim
Chapter the Last.
Nothing More to Write
Portrait of the Author Huckleberry Finn "'Gimme a Chaw'" Tom Advises a Witch Pie
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted;
persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished;
persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
By Order of the Author,
Per G. G.,
Chief of Ordnance.
In this book a number of dialects are used,
to wit: the Missouri negro dialect;
the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect;
the ordinary "Pike County" dialect;
and four modified varieties of this last.
The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion,
or by guesswork;
and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech.
I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.