The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn HTML version

Chapter 6
WELL, pretty soon the old man was up and around again, and then he went for
Judge Thatcher in the courts to make him give up that money, and he went for
me, too, for not stopping school. He catched me a couple of times and thrashed
me, but I went to school just the same, and dodged him or outrun him most of the
time. I didn't want to go to school much before, but I reckoned I'd go now to spite
pap. That law trial was a slow business -- appeared like they warn't ever going to
get started on it; so every now and then I'd borrow two or three dollars off of the
judge for him, to keep from getting a cowhiding. Every time he got money he got
drunk; and every time he got drunk he raised Cain around town; and every time
he raised Cain he got jailed. He was just suited -- this kind of thing was right in
his line.
He got to hanging around the widow's too much and so she told him at last that if
he didn't quit using around there she would make trouble for him. Well, WASN'T
he mad? He said he would show who was Huck Finn's boss. So he watched out
for me one day in the spring, and catched me, and took me up the river about
three mile in a skiff, and crossed over to the Illinois shore where it was woody
and there warn't no houses but an old log hut in a place where the timber was so
thick you couldn't find it if you didn't know where it was.
He kept me with him all the time, and I never got a chance to run off. We lived in
that old cabin, and he always locked the door and put the key under his head
nights. He had a gun which he had stole, I reckon, and we fished and hunted,
and that was what we lived on. Every little while he locked me in and went down
to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky, and
fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time, and licked me. The widow
she found out where I was by and by, and she sent a man over to try to get hold