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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

15) Why is Jim’s imprisonment on Silas Phelps’s plantation a lucky coincidence for Huck and Jim?

The plantation owner, Silas Phelps, turns out to be married to Tom Sawyer’s aunt. Huck arrives at the Phelps plantation shortly after Jim and is immediately mistaken for Tom Sawyer. When Tom Sawyer arrives, he claims to be Sid Sawyer. Jim plays along with Tom’s and Huck’s escape plots, most likely because he knows that his chances are better staying among people who are related to folks back home than escaping alone into the unknown. Since he is at the Phelps plantation, Jim hears the news that Miss Watson has died and freed him in her will.