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Two Boys

Thomas Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are grown-ups now. Oddly enough, they had been simultaneously moved to write about their boyhoods. Neither improves on Mark Twain's version, but autobiography is always edifying.

Huck, as might have been expected, is still shiftless, happy-go-lucky, not very respectable. Always a smooth liar, he took to professional story-telling years ago. Only since respectability went into a decline has he been really successful. On disreputable subjects like night fishing, adultery, peeking in at lighted windows and loafing, he is quite an authority, having had...

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