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Huck at The Grangerfords Huckleberry Finn provides the narrative voice of Mark Twains novel and his honest voice combined with his personal vulnerabilities reveal the different levels of the Grangerfords world Huck is without a family neither the drunken attention of Pap nor the pious ministrations of Widow Douglas were desirable allegiance He stumbles upon the Grangerfords in darkness lost from Jim and the raft The family after some initial cross-examination welcomes feeds and rooms Huck with an amiable boy his age With the light of the next morning Huck estimates it was a mighty nice family and a mighty nice house too96 This is the first of many compliments Huck bestows on the Grangerfords and their possessions Huck is impressed by all of the Grangerfords belongings and liberally offers compliments The books are piled on the table perfectly exact97 the table had a cover made from beautiful oilcloth97 and a book was filled with beautiful stuff and poetry97 He even appraises the chairs noting they are nice split-bottom chairs and perfectly sound too--not bagged down in the middle and busted like an old basket97 It is apparent Huck is more familiar with busted chairs than sound ones and he appreciates the distinction Huck is also more familiar with flawed families than loving virtuous ones and he is happy to sing the praises of the people who took him in Col Grangerford was a gentleman all over and so was his family97 The Colonel was kind well-mannered quiet and far from frivolous Everyone wanted to be around him and he gave Huck confidence Unlike the drunken Pap the Colonel dressed well was clean-shaven and his face had not a sign of red in it anywheres102 Huck admired how the Colonel gently ruled his family with hints of a submerged temper The same temper exists in one of his daughters she had a look that would make you wilt in your tracks like her father
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