Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters
Huck goes to the Phelps's house and is confronted by a pack of hounds. The
noise attracts the attention of the owner and Sally, the mistress, comes to
the door. When she sees Huck, she is certain that it is her nephew Tom whom
she hasn't seen for a long time. Huck is overjoyed at having an opportunity
to make up a story and pretends that there had trouble on the steamboat. He
doesn't know what else to say because he doesn't anything about the boy, Tom.
Huck is overjoyed when he realizes that the Tom that she is referring to is
Tom Sawyer. Hearing a steamboat arrive, Huck heads out to the dock to tell
Tom what was going on.
The boys are delighted to see each other and Tom is happy that Huck is alive.
He even agrees to help Huck free Jim. Huck is shocked by this as he doesn't
understand why Tom would want to bother.
Huck returns to the Phelps house and Tom arrives a half hour later. He introduces
himself at first as William Thompson from Ohio but then changes his story
by saying that he was joking around and was really another relative, Sid Sawyer.
Later, Huck sees the Duke and Dauphin being run out of town by a mob after
being tarred and feathered. "Human beings can be awful cruel to one another,"
Huck and Tom determine where Jim is being held captive and they could easily
free him by stealing the key and unlocking the shed. Tom, wanting more adventure,
decides that the escape calls for a more elaborate setting. Huck cannot figure
out why Tom is willing to help him free a slave.
Twain reunites Huck and Tom Sawyer and their outlandish antics begin again.
Huck even thinks that Tom is willing to free a slave for the sake of adventure.
The fact that Tom knows that Jim is no longer considered a slave because Miss
Watson has already freed him, is not known by Huck.