Chapters 39-40 Summary
Huck and Jim go out to find rats and snakes for Jim's shed. They accidentally let some of the animals into the Phelps' house and the house gets infested. Silas is worried that he isn't getting a response from the plantation that Jim "ran away from". He decides to take matters into his own hands and advertise Jim in New Orleans. Tom knows that he has to do something to stop his Uncle, so he starts to send anonymous letters to the Phelpses to warn them that something bad is going to happen. Then he sends letters from a gang member to further scare them. The letters scare Uncle Silas, so he gets a large group of locals to guard his house the next night. Huck goes to tell Jim about the group of people, but it only makes Tom more excited. Tom, Jim, and Huck finally make their escape. They almost get caught when they are climbing over the fence and Tom makes a noise. They make
I constantly found myself thinking about how odd it was that Tom was enjoying the fact that he got shot. I guess he thinks that it is fit considering that lots of book characters get shot. I'm also starting to find irony in that Tom is imitating romantic characters from books and that in real life lots of people look up to Tom Sawyer and want to be like him. i like that Jim is acting like a mother hen to Tom and Huck. He worries about both of them, and I'm happy that he found someone to care about while he can't see his family for such a long time.