The preface to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains the following warning: "PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."
Mark Twain published his first book, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, in 1867. The book contained 27 previously released pieces written during Twain's years as a newspaper writer in Nevada and California.
During the execution of their elaborate plan to help Jim escape, Tom neglected to tell Huck and Jim that Jim was already a free man. Old Miss Watson had died two months previously and, ashamed that she had ever intended to sell Jim, set him free in her will.
In The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Adam mistakes his son Cain for a fish. He says:
"It resembles us in some ways, and may be a relation. That is what she (Eve) thinks, but this is an error, in my judgment. The difference in size warrants the conclusion that it is a different and new kind of animal--a fish, perhaps, though when I put it in the water to see, it sank, and she plunged in and snatched it out before there was opportunity for the experiment to determine the matter."