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I'm having a little bit of trouble with

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

I don't believe you have to know the story to help me answer this question. This is from chapter 18 and is like one of the first lines.

"He was well born, as the saying is, and that's worth as much in a man as it is in his horse."

I have to know what exactly it is trying to say, which I'm unsure of, and what does it say about the person it's making reference to?

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  1. "He was well born" = he was born into a good family -- and in those days, that usually referred to wealth and land.

    Basically, it seems to mean that men and their horses need to be "well born" (from a wealthy background).

    Other teachers may have a different interpretation.

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  2. I agree with Writeacher. However, with horses, having a good bloodline, that is, good genetics is considered important for their performances. I believe Twain also implied that having honorable, strong ancestors was important for men.

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