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How Business-Savvy is Huck Finn?

Although he’s just a boy, Mark Twain makes Huck Finn more complicated than he seems at first blush. Huck even understands that making a deal with Judge Thatcher will protect his fortune.

The deal is that Judge Thatcher gets to keep Huck's fortune in exchange for giving Huck a single dollar.  How do you suppose Huck came up with the idea he proposes to Judge Thatcher?

Do the Judge and Huck view that deal differently?  What are those differences?

Huck wants to give Thatcher his fortune so Huck doesn't have to lie.  What is the lie he wants to avoid?

How trusting would Huck have to be of Judge Thatcher before he could propose such a deal to him? Explain your answer.


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