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Lisa M. Rucker
ENGL 2220
Dr.Whisenhunt
September 20th 2012
“Stretchers”
In reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I found that he tells many “stretchers” out through the book and they sometimes get him into trouble; sometimes they get him out of trouble, but are they a good thing or a bad thing with him telling these “stretchers”. I am going to talk about three of the “stretchers” he told and the first one is when he went back to town pretending to be a little girl. The second one is when he told the men that his family was stranded on a boat somewhere with a disease. And the last one is will be talking about is when he told Jim that he didn’t remember what happen on that foggy night. The first “stretcher” when he went back to town pretending to be a little girl and goes to talk to this new lady in town named Judith Loftus to find out what’s going on in town so he tells her that his mother is at home sick and out of money and that he has came for Hookersville to tell his uncle Abner Moore about it (pgs.63&70). And Mrs. Loftus figures out that he is not a girl because the way he shot at the rats and the way he caught the lead and plus he changed his name when she asked about. And she also tells him that the town thinks Jim or Pap killed Huckberry Finn and that there is a three hundred dollar reward is out for Jim because come to find out they don’t think Pap did it anymore and that Pap has ran away to find Huck but they don’t think he is coming back anytime soon. And this “stretcher” doesn’t get him into any trouble she helps him to find his way back and she gives him some valuable information and she tells him if he needs her help he knows where to find her (pgs 64-70). The second “stretcher” is when he told these men that were looking for run away slaves and they asked him had he seen any and he told them no and that his family were stranded on a island and that his family was ill and had no money or food; so the men gave him two twenty dollar gold...
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