Little Boys - Always Trouble

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" "Must we always kill the people?"
"Oh, certainly.  It's best.  Some authorities think different, but mostly it's considered best to kill them.  Except some that you bring to the cave here and keep them till they're ransomed."
"Ransomed?  What's that?"
"I don't know.  But that's what they do.  I've seen it in books; and so of course that's what we've got to do." " - Samuel Clemens, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter II: The Boys Escape Jim; Tom Sawyer's Gang; Deep-laid Plans

I found it funny how these young boys are talking about killing people like it is no big deal.  Quite frankly, killing someone, in their eyes, almost seems like fun, like a sport.  I am not sure that they understand fully the consequences of which they would be up against for killing someone.

Also, it is very funny how boys of their age are trying so desperately to show that they have power and are organized individuals in creating this gang, but really, they prove themselves to be really uneducated.  They do not even know what the word ransom means.

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exactly. clemens does a treat job of writing kids being kids.

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