|A book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into
collision and conscience suffers defeat.
- Notebook #35 (reprinted in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Univ. of California Press, 2003)
When people let Huck Finn alone he goes peacefully along,
damaging a few children here and there and yonder, but there will be plenty
of children in heaven without those, so it is no great matter. It is only
when well-meaning people expose him that he gets his real chance to do
harm. Temporarily, then, he spreads havoc all around in the nurseries
and no doubt does prodigious harm while he has his chance. By and by,
let us hope, people that really have the best interests of the rising
generation at heart will become wise and not stir Huck up.
Dear Charley, -- The Committee of the Public Library of
Concord, Mass, have given us a rattling tip-top puff which will go into
every paper in the country. They have expelled Huck from their library
as "trash and suitable only for the slums." That will sell 25,000
copies for us sure.
Illustration of Huck Finn
by E. W. Kemble from 1884 first edition
Mark Twain statue by Gary Price in Trinity Park, Fort Worth, Texas and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders. Photo by Rodger Mallison from the Star-Telegram, Sunday, November 4, 2007 accompanying Sanders's article about a 2007 Texas high school controversy over Adventures of Huckleberry Finn available from newspapers.com.
Also see quote on Tom Blankenship.
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