I’m re-reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for a class. This is my favorite book of all time and I believe the greatest American literary work. It is beautiful and terrible, sad and hilarious all at the same time.
I bet a billion English graduate students wrote an entire dissertation from this one wonderful sentence as Huck realizes the Duke and the King have sold Jim into slavery:
“After all this long journey, and after all we’d done for them scoundrels, here was it all come to nothing, everything all busted up and ruined, because they could have the heart to serve Jim such a trick as that, and make him a slave again all his life, and amongst strangers, too, for forty dirty dollars” (233)