The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

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In chapter 3 of this American classic, Huck Finn tells us that Miss Watson had taught him to pray, promising that whatever he asked for, he would get it  “’But it warn’t so,’ says Huck.  “’I tried it.  Once I got a fish line but no hooks.  It warn’t any good to me without hooks.  I tried for the hooks three or four times but somehow I couldn’t make it work.  By and by, one day I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a fool.  She never told me why and I couldn’t make it out no way.’”