It’s get-down-to-brass-tax time. What is the deal with the crummy last 19515905890 chapters of Huck Finn? Why does the last section go on so long? Why is Tom allowed to be such a brat? Why doesn’t Jim have any self-respect at all? Why doesn’t Huck, for that reason? What happened to Huck’s big epiphany? Where’s the big point about racism or southern society or whatever?

What the heck was Mark Twain thinking?

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