From page 568 of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
(Huck) "'Jim ain't got no tin plates. They feed him in a pan.'
(Tom) 'That ain't nothing; we can get him some.'
'Can't nobody READ his plates.'
'That ain't got anything to DO with it, Huck Finn. All HE'S got to do is write on the plate and throw it out. You don't HAVE to be able to read it. Why, half the time you can't read anything a prisoner writes on a tin plate, or anywhere else.'
'Well, then, what's the sense in wasting the plates?'
'Why, blame it all, it ain't the PRISONER'S plates.'
'But it's SOMEBODY'S plates, ain't it?'
'Well, spos'n it is? What does the PRISONER care whose-'"
Tom was really getting under my skin in these last chapters. He has an answer for every little unneccesary idea he has. Talking to Tom, Huck looks more level-headed than ever. What's worse, Tom draws on all the stories he's read for inspiration. Tom's perception of reality seems way off, like he thinks he's invincible because he himself is in a story (which, yes, in this book he is, but in the sense that this story is actually taking place, he is alive). All of his ideas for doing things "proper" are unneccessary and budrensome.
And what's worse, later we find out that he KNOWS Jim has been set free! He plays around all that time, risking his and Huck's and Jim's safety just for an adventure! Although Tom might play the role of leader, Huck is the one that should be given the reigns.