After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn’t care no more about him, because I don’t take no stock in dead people.

– Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 1. The Widow Douglas reads to Huck the story of Moses and the Bulrushers from the Bible. But Huck is less interested in dead people and the Widow’s religion, and more in the religion of everyday living.