EL 266 final chapters of AHF-Leave it to Tom
"'I'll tell you. It ain't right, and it ain't moral, and I wouldn't like it to get out-but there ain't only just the one way; we got to dig him out with the picks, and let on it's case-knives.'" (Clemens) Ch. 36
Maybe it's just me, but I see this happen when Tom enters the story. All of a sudden when Tom enters, he tends to take over Huck's adventure. The quote I used is just an example of this. Tom finds a way to get to Jim. It appears that he does not let Huck think for himself. Tom, all of a sudden, becomes the protagonist. This leaves Huck to validate all that Tom says and does. Tom says that instead of using shovels to get to Jim, use case-knives.
While I never got the chance, yet, to read the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I really do not know Tom Sawyer like I got to know Huck Finn. But Tom steals the limelight from Huck.
So I wanted to know what case-knives are. Silly me. They are nothing more than pocket knives. I guess I wasn't the only one that did not know what they were. In Chapter 36, Tom asks Huck to hand him a case-knife. "' Gimmee a case-knife'". Huck didn't know either. "I didn't know just what to do-but then I thought. I scratched around amongst the old tools, and got a pick-axe and gave it to him, and he took it and went to work, and never said a word." Old Southern slang in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are hard to understand as I am, obviously, used to modern English nor have I ever lived in the South. If it were not for the glossary in the back of my book, I would not know what some of the words being used are. Case-knives are not in the glossary, by the way.