Chapters 32-34 Summaries
In the beginning of these chapter Huck goes to the house that he heard that Jim is being held captive at. The woman of the house sees Huck and she thinks he is Tom. Huck plays along with the woman and pretends he is her nephew. He tells her that he is late because the steam boat broke down. The woman is happy to hear that no one but a black man were injured. Silas returns to the house, and Huck finds out that he is pretending to be none other than his best friend Tom Sawyer. Huck goes to intercept Tom before he talks to his aunt and uncle. After Huck convinces Tom he is alive, he tells Tom that he is pretending to be him. Tom then introduces himself as William Thompson. The two boys sit down at dinner and Tom impersonates his (made-up) half brother Sid. The aunt and Uncle tell Huck they are going to see the Royal Nonesuch. Later that night Huck and Tom sneak out and then see the con men being run out of town. In the next chapter Tom thinks that Jim is being held in a shed. Huck comes up with a simple plan to free Jim, by stealing the key and sneaking him out at night, and Tom instead makes a much more complicated plan that risks Jim, Huck, and Tom's lives. Tom and Huck go to see Jim in the shed, and Jim yells when he recognizes them. Jim convinces the man that is guarding him that the witches made him yell.
I though that it was a little uncanny and also unrealistic that Huck would run into Tom. Out of all the towns up and down the Mississippi river what is the chance of Huck running into someone that knew Tom, and that Tom was going to their house. As it always does throughout this book the racism of the characters is ridiculous, and it annoys me. I am happy that Tom is back, I think that he is an amusing character and that his outrageous plans are fun to read about. I hope that Huck learns to stand out in a group and be a leader even with Tom around.