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Re: "no more smile to him than there is to a ham"

Posted by Bookworm on July 29, 2004

In Reply to: "No more smile to him than there is to a ham" posted by Fennec on July 29, 2004

: hi,

: first time here...
: while reading Huckleberry Finn I stumbled on this strange expression (?) - used on a sly undertaker, the "softest, glidingest, stealthiest man I ever see" (in Huck's words).

: and he adds, "there warn't no more smile to him than there is to a ham".

: anyone have any idea what he might mean by that?

: thanks very much.

Since a ham is inanimate, I would venture that he didn't smile very much and was rather a melancholy sort.