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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Old Tin Lamp

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At the end of Chapter 3, Huck and Tom are talking about genies and how to summon them by rubbing a lamp or ring. Tom explains that whoever rubs the lamp/ring gets to control the genie. This is Huck's response:

"Well," says I, "I think they are a pack of flatheads for not keeping the palace themselves 'stead of fooling them away like that. And what's more- if I was one of them I would see a man in Jericho before I would drop my business and come to him for the rubbing of an old tin lamp."

Why does Huck respond this way?

A

It makes no sense to Huck that the one with the power and size would ever wait on someone else.

B

Huck is too much of a pragmatist to believe such fantasy.

C

Huck is jealous of Tom's knowledge of such mystical topics.

D

It angers Huck that Tom is trying to pull the wool over his eyes about such foolishness.

E

Huck is frustrated that he could be the one with power, but has yet to experience it.