Yet the moral intelligence of Huck Finn can hardly be overpraised. The character of Jim, in particular, the runaway slave, who is Huck’s only companion, is beautifully subtle.
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There is a key moment of American literature in Henry Adams’s Education, when Adams waits to hear the names of those in Grant’s first cabinet; they turn out to be nothing but mediocrities and hacks, and Adams looks away in disgust, toward Europe and the past. Twain’s eye, disgusted by the Gilded Age, sought gold in old Missouri.