The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Huck's First Night on the River


What is ironic about the following section of Huck's narration in Chapter 7:

The river looked miles and miles across. The moon was so bright I could a counted the drift logs that went a-slipping along, black and still, hundreds of yards from shore. Everything was dead quiet, and it looked late, and smelt late. You know what I mean -- I don't know the words to put it in.


It is ironic because Huck has spent his whole life along the river and is just now noticing the beauty of a night spent floating on it.


It is ironic because time does not have a smell. Huck is being delusional.


It is ironic because there is always noise on a river, even the faintest of ripples make a noise, and Huck is being sarcastic when he calls it "dead quiet".


It is ironic because for once Huck is being overly-romantic, which Mark Twain usually is not fond of.


It is ironic because Huck actually does know how to aptly and poetically describe the scene.