“Next day he was drunk, and he went to Judge Thatcher’s and bullyragged him, and tried to make him give up the money; but he couldn’t, and then he swore he’d make the law force him.”
This is right after Huck and his father’s argument about schooling where his father ripped his book up and took his 1 dollar bill that Judge Thatcher gave him and went to town to buy whiskey. I think this is very important because it shows that his father is out of control with his alcohol problem and that he is a bad influence for Huck. His father also shows very selfish qualities where he is jealous that Huck is the first person in their family that learned to read. This quote shows diction back in the day as well where bullyragged might have been a popular word but today, it is not common for someone to use that word.
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