By EARL F. BRIDEN, Bryant College
In this academic journal, Briden explains how Twain stages a comic routine between JIm and Huck in chapter 8. This was Twain's way of exploiting humor in the financial pages during a time when America was an up and coming nation of industrial and financial capital.
"What did you speculate in, Jim?" "Well, lust I tackled stock." "What kind of stock?" "Why, live stock. Cattle, you know. I put ten dollars in a cow. But I ain' gwyne to resk no mo' money in stock. De cow up 'n' died on my han's." (55)
Briden, Earl F. "Playing the live stock market: Topical humor in Huckleberry Finn." ANQ 9.2 (1996): 14. Academic Search Elite. EBSCO. Web. 16 Oct. 2010.