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

Chapter 1 – Civilizing Huck – Miss Watson – Tom Sawyer Waits Huck explains his appearance in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which he says is mostly true but Mr. Twain embellished some of it. The end of “Tom Sawyer” has Tom & Huck finding money robbers hid in aContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 9-12) Chapter 9 Gulliver was there during the council meetings which his master attended & reported to him that they debated the extermination of Yahoos The Case for Extermination: They are filthy,Continue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 5-8) Gulliver realized he made humans look worse than Yahoos. He had become so enamored with the Houyhnhnms in all things that he overemphasized human faults & downplayed its strengths. The master,Continue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 1-4) Gulliver stayed at home for 5 months before leaving his pregnant wife to be a captain of a 350 ton ship. They left Portsmouth for the Canary Islands, where he hiredContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib & Japan (Ch. 7-11) Chapter 7 He was dropped off in Maldonada & went to the island of Luggnagg, east of Japan. The island was in an alliance with Japan & hope to findContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 4-6) Chapter 4 He didn’t feel mistreated but wasn’t sad to leave. They were too absorbed in math & music, & were just generally boring. It was far too abstract &Continue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 1-3) Chapter 1 He’d only been home for 10 days when the Captain of a previous voyage he’d been on made him an offer for another trip that he couldn’t refuseContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 One day before the dwarf left, Glumdalclitch & Gulliver were out walking under a small apple tree & the little guy shook the branches & apples the size of barrels fell. One ofContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 1-4) Chapter 1 After 10 months of boredom, he found another job on a ship to Surat (India) They had smooth sailing until the Cape of Good Hope where they had to disembark because of aContinue Reading

“How Should One Read a Book?” by Virginia Woolf (1925) I can only answer for myself because you really ought not take advice from others. Just follow your instincts, use reason & come up with your own conclusions These are merely suggestions – don’t give up your independence Difficult toContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 Blefuscu was an island across an 800 yard channel from Lilliput They didn’t know about Gulliver. Communication & trade had been cut off since the beginning of the war He came up withContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4) Advertisement Many things in this book have been fudged before publication & the editor’s done its best to clear them up This person who did this did so with the best of intentions, especially withContinue Reading