Canto 22 Dante had seen a lot of expeditions in his day but never anything like him & Virgil being escorted by several devils. Dante focused on the most to see what was going on. Those wallowing in the pitch would float up to the top every now & thenContinue Reading

Canto 19 “O Simon Magus! O disciples of his! Miserable pimps & hucksters that have sold the things of God… for silver & gold.” This was the 3rd bowge. Dante was clearly a religious man & this section of Hell really affect him. The landscape with with holes about theContinue Reading

Canto 16 They had reached the point where the water was going down to the Circle below. Then 3 shadows came running towards them. One of them recognized Dante’s Florentine dress. Dante was shocked at their burns & scars. Virgil warned Dante to be courteous to them since they approachedContinue Reading

Canto 13 Before Nessus had reached the other side of the river, Virgil & Dante got to a forest without any path through. There were no green leaves on the trees, only discolored & dark ones. The roots were twisted & gnarled. There was no fruit, only poison galls onContinue Reading

Canto 10 They followed the path between the city walls & the fires. Dante wanted to know about the souls there. They weren’t being hidden, their graves were wide open & there was no guard. Virgil said the tombs would be sealed on Judgment Day. Here lied buried the soulsContinue Reading

Canto 7 Pluto spoke out in gibberish & Virgil said to Dante that he ought not to be worried because Pluto wouldn’t do him any harm. Then he spoke to Pluto & told him to shut up. They were there because it was willed to be that way from highContinue Reading

Canto 4 Dante woke up to a clap of thunder, completely confused by what he saw around him. He saw himself stood on the brink of the large pit of Hell with resounding groans echoing all around him. Virgil urged him to try to keep up. Dante asked how heContinue Reading

Canto 1 Halfway through his life, Dante found himself in a “Dark Wood” & going down the “wrong path”. He didn’t know how he got there because he’d been “sleeping” when he’d gotten off the “true path”. He saw the “mountain” in the distance & resolved himself to climb itContinue Reading

Thomas Jefferson – First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1801) I am called to this office & thank you for the trust you’ve put in me. This job is beyond any human being. We are a young nation with fruitful land, engaged in industry, & commerce with nations who are surgingContinue Reading

Mark Twain – Learning the River (Ch. 6 from Life on the Mississippi) Somehow the “Paul Jones” lost 2 weeks of our travels from Cincinnati to New Orleans. But that gave me a chance to speak with one of the pilots who taught me how to steer. This got meContinue Reading

Ch. 41 – The Doctor — Uncle Silas — Sister Hotchkiss — Aunt Sally in Trouble Huck found a doctor & told him he & his brother had been hunting on Spanish Island. Tom/Sid must have kicked a gun in his sleep & shot himself in the leg. He wantedContinue Reading

Ch. 37 – The Last Shirt — Mooning Around — Sailing Orders — The Witch Pie Tom & Huck went to the rubbish pile & went through it. They took a tin wash pan & went down into the cellar & put flour into the pan. They took shingle nailsContinue Reading

Ch. 33 – A Nigger Stealer — Southern Hospitality — A Pretty Long Blessing — Tar and Feathers As Huck headed into town, he saw a wagon coming towards him. It was Tom Sawyer. Both he & Tom were surprised to see each other. Tom asked him why he’d comeContinue Reading

Ch. 29 – Contested Relationship — The King Explains the Loss — A Question of Handwriting — Digging up the Corpse — Huck Escapes The 2nd pair of gentlemen seemed very nice. The 2nd William had his right arm in a sling. Everyone laughed at the sight of them. HuckContinue Reading

Ch. 25 – Is It Them? — Singing the “Doxologer” — Awful Square — Funeral Orgies — A Bad Investment News got around town making people ask if it was really Wilks’s brothers. They arrived at the house & there were 3 girls standing by the door. Mary Jane inContinue Reading

Ch. 21 – Sword Exercise — Hamlet’s Soliloquy — They Loafed Around Town — A Lazy Town — Old Boggs — Dead The next morning after breakfast, the king started boning up on his Rome & Juliet with the duke giving him acting notes. They got out wood laths &Continue Reading

Chapter 17 – An Evening Call — The Farm in Arkansaw — Interior Decorations — Stephen Dowling Bots — Poetical Effusions A voice called out to Huck, wanting to know his name. He answered “George Jackson” & that he was only prowling around at night because he’d fallen off aContinue Reading

Chapter 13 – Escaping from the Wreck — The Watchman — Sinking Huck worried about being stuck on board of the wreck with a gang of murderous thieves. He & Jim sneaked around to the stern & saw no sign of their boat. They kept searching & searching until theyContinue Reading

Chapter 9 – The Cave — The Floating House Huck wanted to explore the middle of the island (which was only 3¼ miles long). They climbed a ridge about 40 feet high & found a cave the size of 3 rooms & high enough for Jim to sand up in.Continue Reading

Chapter 5 – Huck’s Father — The Fond Parent — Reform Huck went into his room & there was his father. He used to be scared of him all the time because he beat him so much. But in a moment that fear would die down a bit. He wasContinue Reading