The Ironic Ways of the Simple Minded

  • Salt

    "I reached for some of it as quick as I could, to throw over my left shoulder and keep off the bad luck, but Miss Watson
    was in ahead of me and crossed me off." (Twain 15)
  • Hair-ball

    Quote: "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 it." (Twain, 17). This quote explains the basic means of Folk Wisdom to Jim. It shows that he believes in something that most people would find ridiculous. It gives us insight into the many personalities of Jim. It also shows that he isn't as stupid as he may be portrayed.
  • The snakskin

    The snakskin
    "You said the worst bad luck in the world was to touch a snake skin with my hands."(Twain, 52)
  • Bees

    "Jim said bees wouldn't sting idiots; but I didn't believe that because I had tried them lots of times myself and they
    wouldn't sting me."(Twain, 46)
  • Hairy

    "Ef you's got hairy arms en a hairy breas', it's a sign that you's agwyne to be rich." (Twain 46)
  • The Dead

    The Dead
    "After breakfast I wanted to talk about the dead man and guess out how he come to be killed, but Jim didn't wan't to. He said that it would fetch bad luck."(Twain 52)