Chapter 17 – Living Large, Grangerford Style
1. Huck has now been taken in by the generous Grangerford clan, a collection of wealthy, good-looking people, or “the
quality,” as Huck calls such folks. Huck is very impressed with everything in the Grangerfords’ household, but we should read his
descriptions with a more-critical eye. Turn to the middle of this chapter and find the paragraph that begins with, “It was a mighty
nice family...” Re-read the end of the chapter and, based on your judgment of Huck’s descriptions, place the following items in
the appropriate category:
crockery basket of chipped fruit
piano that sounds like two tin pans
curtains with castles/vines/cattle
mantle clock (doesn’t run right)
tablecloth with blue/red eagle
wild turkey wing fans
white-washed exterior walls
crockery cat and dog
Emmeline’s sorrowful paintings
For #2-4, feel free to continue your answers
on the back of this page, if needed.
2. What does your chart tell you about the Grangerfords?
3. Look closely at this passage: “On the table in the middle of the room was a kind of a lovely crockery basket that
had apples and oranges and peaches and grapes piled up in it, which was much redder and yellower and prettier
than real ones is, but they warn’t real because you could see where pieces had got chipped off and showed the white
chalk, or whatever it was, underneath.” How might this chipped fruit serve as a symbol for the Grangerford family?
4. Why was Emmeline so dark? What is Twain’s message to the reader in placing this girl in this family?