Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tom and Huck


I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer over my holiday and I found that it was quite quotable. Here are some of my favorite lines from the book! Some, I picked for the spirit that they carry, others for the beauty of the words. This book spoke to me, both in terms of Tom's curiosity and style and Huck's relentless grasp towards the simple life. They have a charm and power about them that I find inspirational and interesting; I envy it.

"He was boat, and captain, and engine-bells combined, so he had to imagine himself standing on his own hurrican-deck giving the orders and executing them"-pg 17

"His face lit up with the thought, and he said to himself that he wished he could be that child, if it was a tame lion."- pg 40

"Monday morning found Tom Sawyer miserable. Monday Morning always found him so because it began another week's slow suffering in school He generally began that day with wishing he had no intervening holiday, it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious" pg 42

"Tom was suffering in reality now, so handsomely was his imagination working, and so his groans had gathered quite a genuine tone"- pg 44

"Huckleberry was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town because he was idle and lawless and vulgar, and bad and because all of their children admired him so, and delighted in his forbidden society and wished they dared to be like him."-pg 46

"Tom's cheeks burned. He gathered himself up and sneaked off crushed and crestfallen." pg 88

"The climbing fire lit up their faces and threw its ruddy glare upon the pillared tree-trunks of their forest temple, and upon the varnished foliage and festooning vines. When the last crisp slice of bacon was gone, and the last allowance of corn pone devoured, the boys stretched themselves on the grass, filled with contentment. They could have found a cooler place, but they wouldnt not deny themselves such a romantic feature as the roasting campfire." pg93

"'You see a pirate dont have to do anything, Joe, when hes ashore, but a hermit he has o be praying considerable, and then he dont have any fun, anyway all by himself that way.'" pg 93

"'Id a good deal ruther be a pirate now that ive tried it.'" - pg 93

"It seemed to them in the end, that there was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only 'hooking' while taing bacon and ham and such valuables was plain, simple stealing- and there was a command against that in the Bible." -pg95

"They found plenty of things to be delighted with, but nothing to be astonished at." -pg 98

"Tom decided that he could be independent of Becky Thatcher now. Glory was sufficient He would live for glory." pg 124

"Tom took his whipping and went back to his seat not at all broken-hearted for he thought it was possible that he had unknowingly upset the ink on the spelling-book himself in some skylarking bout- he had denied it for form's sake and because it was custom, and he had stuck to the denial from principle." -pg133

"There is no school in all our land where the young ladies do not feel obliged to close their compositions with a sermon; and you will find that the sermon of the most frivolous and least religious girl in the school is always the longest and the most relentlessly pious." -pg 138

" Tom was a free boy again, however; there was something in that. He could drink and swear now, but found to his surprise that he did not want to. The simple fact that he could took the desir away and the charm of it." -pg142

"There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure." -pg 152

"Huck was willing. Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had the troublesome superabundance of that sort of time which was not money." -pg 153

"'I don't know It if was mine I wouldnt hide it; id spend it and have a good time.'" -pg 153

"He had never seen as much as fifty dollars in one mass before and he was like all boys of his age and station in life in that he imagined that all references to 'hundreds' and 'thousands' were fanciful forms of speech, and that no such sums existed in the world." -pg168

"That drop was falling when the Pyramids were new; when Troy fell when the foundations of Rome were laid; when Christ was crucified; when the Conqueror created the British Empire; when Columbus sailed; when the massacre at Lexington was 'news'. It is falling now; it will still be falling when all things shall have sunk down the afternoon of history and the twilight of tradition, and have been swallowed up in the thick night of oblivion." -pg 204

"We've got it now, and we'll keep it quiet only we'll let Joe Harper and Ben Rogers in- because, of course theres got to be a gang, or else there wouldnt be any style about it. Tom Sawyer's Gang- it sounds splendid, dont it, Huck." -pg 207

"You take their watches and things but you always take your hat off and talk polite. They aint anybody as polite as robbers- you'll see that in any book." -pg 208

"Every 'haunted' house in St Petersburg and the neighbouring villages was dissected, plank by plank and its foundations dug up and ransacked for hidden treasures- and not by boys, but men- pretty grave, unromantic men, too, some of them." -pg 216

"The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell-everythings so awful reg'lar a body cant stand it' ' well, everybody does it that way, Huck.' 'Tom, it dont make no difference I aint everybody and I cant stand it. Its awful to be tied up so. And grub comes too easy- I dont take no interest in vittles that way." -pg 218

'Tom, being rich aint what its cracked up to be. Its just worry and worry and sweat and sweat and a wishing you was dead all the time. Now these clothes and suits me and this bar'l suits me, and I aint ever going to shake 'em anymore.'' -pg 219

14 comments:

Hitomi Inoue said...

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is soooo good. You should read it next.

Primitive Rob said...

Hello! Just bloghopping. Great blog!

Happy blogging! :)

warlockcastle said...

That is a good book.Alot of profound life lessons involved.

Alexxander said...

niice post, great blog.

Alexx

非凡 said...

I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^

Bill said...

I think I read this book 12 times. The quotations you picked are great.

*awkward turtle* o_0 said...

I read that book in English last year. It's good... and really funny! Great blog!

RawRtastic! [; said...

haha, i guess it is quotable. I read that book in 5th grade, and it's actually pretty good. :]

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vinodkumar said...

hi, i enjoyed each and every line of it, and by this i got interested in reading some adventurous books...thank you for posting those things...
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Shelly said...

What a great idea to read that book. I read it about a million years ago, and then, because I had to, for school. I think I missed some stuff the first time.

Thanks for the post!

 
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