“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; and so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied” (Twain 1).
This quote clearly unearths Huck's personality. It's wild, ambitious, and abnormal. Just by him making that statement on page one of the novel, it sets up his feelings of nature and civilization. He obviously dislikes civilization because he sees it as boring and dull. He constantly goes out into the wilderness beside his house to get away from his home, mainly because he is more comfortable in the wilderness. It implicates his hatred for arbitrary rules and regulations, showing his very wild personality and attitude towards life. Perhaps, he does not want to be “sivilized,” perhaps foreshadowing numerous events to come. The next quote proves that he dislikes the indoors and the rules that come with the indoors. “The widow rung a bell for supper, and you had to come to time. When you got to the table you couldn't go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn't really anything the matter with them” (Twain 2).
Huck, by saying this, reveals his true feelings regarding rules and principles. He feels that they are useless and unworthy of his attention. The tone of the quote easily backs up his feelings, because Huck employs words such as “grumble.” He sees society's rules illogical and degrades them constantly through the first 7 chapters and presumably the whole novel. This quote can foreshadow an internal battle for Huck where he needs to find out what is moral or immoral and useful or useless.