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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism, it is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; the book is noted for its colorful description of places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist over 20 years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an scathing satire on entrenched attitudes racism. Perennially popular with readers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been the continued object of study by literary critics since its publication; the book was criticized upon release because of its extensive use of coarse language.

Throughout the 20th century, despite arguments that the protagonist and the tenor of the book are anti-racist, criticism of the book continued due to both its perceived use of racial stereotypes and its frequent use of the racial slur "nigger". In order of appearance: Huckleberry Finn, "Huck" to his friends, is a boy about "thirteen or fourteen or along there" years old, he has been brought up by his father, the town drunk, has a difficult time fitting into society. Widow Douglas is the kind woman who takes Huck in after he helped save her from a violent home invasion, she tries her best to civilize Huck. Miss Watson is the widow's sister, a tough old spinster who lives with them, she is hard on Huck, causing him to resent her a good deal. Mark Twain may have drawn inspiration for this character from several people he knew in his life. Jim is Miss Watson's mild-mannered slave. Huck becomes close to Jim when they reunite after Jim flees Miss Watson's household to seek refuge from slavery, Huck and Jim become fellow travelers on the Mississippi River.

Tom Sawyer is Huck's best friend and peer, the main character of other Twain novels and the leader of the town boys in adventures. He is "the best fighter and the smartest kid in town". "Pap" Finn, Huck's father, a brutal alcoholic drifter. He resents Huck getting any kind of education, his only genuine interest in his son involves begging or extorting money to feed his alcohol addiction. Judith Loftus plays a small part in the novel — being the kind and perceptive woman whom Huck talks to in order to find out about the search for Jim — but many critics believe her to be the best drawn female character in the novel; the Grangerfords, an aristocratic Kentuckian family headed by the sexagenarian Colonel Saul Grangerford, take Huck in after he is separated from Jim on the Mississippi. Huck becomes close friends with the youngest male of the family, Buck Grangerford, Huck's age. By the time Huck meets them, the Grangerfords have been engaged in an age-old blood feud with another local family, the Shepherdsons.

The Duke and the King are two otherwise unnamed con artists whom Huck and Jim take aboard their raft just before the start of their Arkansas adventures. They pose as the long-lost Duke of Bridgewater and the long-dead Louis XVII of France in an attempt to over-awe Huck and Jim, who come to recognize them for what they are, but cynically pretend to accept their claims to avoid conflict. Doctor Robinson is the only man who recognizes that the King and Duke are phonies when they pretend to be British, he warns the townspeople. Mary Jane and Susan Wilks are the three young nieces of their wealthy guardian, Peter Wilks, who has died; the Duke and the King try to steal their inheritance by posing as Peter's estranged brothers from England. Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas Phelps buy Jim from the King, she is a loving, high-strung "farmer's wife", he a plodding old man, both a farmer and a preacher. Huck poses as their nephew Tom Sawyer after he parts from the conmen. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explores themes of identity.

A complexity exists concerning Jim's character. While some scholars point out that Jim is good-hearted and moral, he is not unintelligent, others have criticized the novel as racist, citing the use of the word "nigger" and emphasizing the stereotypically "comic" treatment of Jim's lack of education and ignorance. But, people should understand that this book was made during the mid 19th century during the Civil War so the term "nigger" was used quite without punishment. Throughout the story, Huck is in moral conflict with the received values of the society in which he lives, while he is unable to consciously refute those values in his thoughts, he makes a moral choice based on his own valuation of Jim's friendship and human worth, a decision in direct opposition to the things he has been taught. Twain, in his lecture notes, proposes that "a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience" and goes on to describe the novel as "...a book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat".

To highlight the hypocrisy required to condone slavery within an ostensibly moral system, Twain has Huck's father enslave his son, isolate him, beat him. When Huck escapes, he immediately encounters Jim "illegally" doing the same thing; the treatments both of them receive are radically different in an encounter

Victoria Lopyreva

Victoria Petrovna Lopyreva is a Russian television presenter, model and beauty pageant titleholder, crowned Miss Russia 2003. She is an official ambassador of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia; as a model, Lopyreva has appeared in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Future Television, L'Officiel, Beauty Unlimited, NRG, OK!, HELLO!. She was a director of the Miss Russia pageant for a period of time. In 2006, Lopyreva hosted the Miss Europe pageant held in Ukraine. In 2008, she took part in the Russian version of Survivor, Last Hero. Lopyreva is an ambassador of the FIFA World Cup 2018, she will participate in events of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia, to promote the image and tradition of Rostov-on-Don and all of Russia, to talk about the goals and objectives of the championship, to take part in promoting the ideas of sport and a healthy lifestyle. Victoria Lopyreva was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union 28 July 1983. Apart from attending the school, as a child, Victoria studied music, piano department.

She entered Rostov State University of Economics and graduated with a degree in business administration. Victoria spent her youth in Rostov-on-Don; as a teenager she refused all of them. Her career as a model started in a modelling agency “Image – Elite” in 1999, which happened to be the same year she won “Model of Don awards”, followed by “Rostov Beauty Awards” in 2001. Victoria was awarded as the best model of the “Golden Lighting Fest” in 2001. Since that time her professional career was marked by a rapid development. In 2002, she won the “Donbass_Open fest”, in 2003 – “Miss Russia Awards” and moved to Moscow. In 2006, Victoria started working in the Central Television. Finalist of “Elite Model Look Awards” - 1999 Award winner of “Super Model of the World” - 2000 Model of Don – 2001 Best Model of the South of Russia – 2001 Miss Russian Photo – 2001 The Face of the Year – 2001 The Furor of the Year – 2001 Rostov Beauty – 2001 Donbass Open – 2002 Miss Russia – 2003Victoria worked as a model with such famous periodicals as Cosmopolitan, Gala, Future TV, L’Oficiel, Beauty Unlimited, NRG, OK!, HELLO!.

In 2005-2006, she was the CEO of the “Miss Russia Awards”. TV anchor of “Miss Europe Awards” on central European TV channels Co-anchor of Lev Novozhenov in the show “A question! Another question” on NTV TV anchor of the show “Football Night” on NTV “The last hero show” participant, the 1 channel TV anchor of the show “The real sport” on Post TV-2009 A jury member of the show “The Republic Property”, the 1 channel TV anchor of the show “Happiness! The video version” on the “U” channel The tutor in the show “Fashion Academy” on MUZ TV TV anchor “Fashion ambulance” on MUZ TV since 2011 MUZ TV FASHION CHART TV anchor since 2012 A role in Comedy woman on TNT The show “Real Love” - 2014 “The games with Olymp” - co-anchor with Georgiy Cherdantsev – 2015 Victoria got in the theme of football in 2007 when she worked as a co-anchor of Georgiy Cherdantsev in the “Football Night” TV show; as Victoria said since that time she got interested in football. 3 July 2015 the direction of the Russian Premier League awarded football players with “Premier” award as well as football clubs, clubs’ staff and mass media representatives, who had made a great contribution to the development of the national football.

Victoria was awarded for the best promotion of the SOGAZ championship of Russia 2014/2015. Her ex-husband is striker of Krasnodar Football Club. In October 2015, Victoria signed a contract with “Rostov-on-Don-2018” and became the ambassador of the district at the World Championship 2018, she will take part in the events of the championship, promote the image and traditions of the Rostov-on-Don district and Russia, tell about the goals of the city on the tournament and take part in the events for healthy way of life as a volunteer. As a volunteer, Victoria organizes different events for children where she invites famous Russian football players. Ex-wife of Russian football player Fedor Smolov. Since 2018, in relationship with Russian businessman Igor Bulatov. In 2019, the couple had a son. Son was named like a football player Lionel Messi Mark Lionel. For brave labour - 2009 The most stylish TV anchor - 2009 For the international work with youth - 2014 Victoria Lopyreva Official site

Diamond Hill

Diamond Hill is a hill in the east of Kowloon, Hong Kong. The name refers to the area on or adjacent to the hill, it is surrounded by San Po Kong, Wong Tai Sin and Tsz Wan Shan. Its northeast is limited by the ridge, it is principally a residential district. The village settlements in the area, Sheung Yuen Leng and Ha Yuen Leng, predated British colonization, may have been established as early as the early eighteenth century. There were squatter dwellings up and down the hill that were demolished after years of effort by the Hong Kong Government; the squatter population peaked at around 50,000 people. Parts of the squatter settlement were demolished over the years, including for expansion of the Kai Tak Airport during the Japanese occupation, construction of the Mass Transit Railway, Lung Cheung Road, the Tate's Cairn Tunnel. Due to the dramatic shortage of public housing available for resettlement, the final sections were only demolished in 2001. Contrary to its name, the area does not contain any diamond deposits.

There are a number of theories as to why the misnomer came about, but the most accepted version states that the English name for this area was a simple mistranslation, for in Cantonese, the word "鑽石" can mean either "diamonds" or "to drill for rocks". In this case, the area was known as a stone quarry for many years before urban development took place. Due to that, the English name only became a euphemism. There are other theories as to why the area became known as "Diamond Hill", such as the crystals contained within the rocks mined from the area have a diamond-like luminance, or that the hill resembles the shape of a diamond. In 1976, the Government released a zoning plan for 265 hectares, in which they projected to house some 219,000 in subsidised public housing by 1996. In 1984 plans for Home Ownership Scheme flats to house 15,600 people and Public Housing for a further 24,500 for the area were unveiled on a site of 81 hectares. At the time of the announcement, the squatter population was estimated at 35,000.

Galaxia is a private housing estate located at Lung Poon Street, near the Diamond Hill Station. Galaxia comprises 5 blocks. There are 46 floors in Block A and E and 47 floors in Block B, C and D, making a total of 1,684 units. Galaxia is connected to the Plaza Hollywood shopping centre, it was constructed in 1998, developed by Wheelock Properties Limited, The Wharf Limited, New Asia Realty And Trust Company and Harriman Realty. In 2008, ISS Eastpoint took the place of Harriman Realty in the Galaxia consortium. Diamond Hill Urn Cemetery is high in the hill. Diamond Hill MTR Station is located near Plaza Hollywood, a nearby shopping centre was so named to associate it with the former movie studio nearby, where many films were produced after World War II, it most notably launched the career of Bruce Lee. Sam Hui and brothers lived around the area, too. Tate's Cairn Tunnel has its Kowloon entrance in Diamond Hill; the Buddhist Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden were built according to the style of the Tang Dynasty and are tourist attractions.

Diamond Hill - Memories of growing up in a Hong Kong squatter village, written by Feng Chi-sun and published by Blacksmith Books in November, 2009, presents the early days of a life shaped by a now-extinct community. Many location shots were taken within the squatter settlement, which came to visually represent poverty in Hong Kong films. Diamond Hill was the setting for the films Diamond Hill by the director Cheang Pou-soi, Hollywood Hong Kong by director Fruit Chan. In the film A Better Tomorrow II, Ken Gor is referred to as "The King of Diamond Hill" before turning his back on a life of crime. Tai Hom Village Wong Tai Sin District