Wed, 24 Mar 2004 14:55:42 -0500
There's no doubt that Gregg's a clever guy, but before we go too far in
analyzing the passage, maybe we should quote it correctly:
"Miss Watson's nigger, Jim, had a hair-ball as big as your fist, which had
been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic with
On Mon, 22 Mar 2004 18:46:10 -0500
Harold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hey Gregg,
> You're a funny guy. Hope to hear from you more.
> Gregg Camfield wrote:
> > Yes, you're wrong. Remember that Huck is marginally literate. The
> > "the" before nigger tells us that he meant to write "the nigger, Jim."
> > Context matters, especially when trying to decide how many angels can
> > dance on the head of a pin.