Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 23 Summary
- That does the trick. The place is packed the following night.
- Fortunately, the audience loves it when, during this performance of The Royal Nonesuch, the king comes out naked and prancing about.
- Unfortunately, the audience doesn't love it when after ten seconds of this tomfoolery, the show is over.
- They're all ready to lynch the duke and the king for taking their money without a real show to present.
- Lynching seems to be everyone's weekend sport.
- Then one brilliant guy reminds them that they don't want to look foolish in front of the rest of the townspeople for wasting their money. A much better plan would be to get everyone else to see the show tomorrow and then lynch the duke and the king.
- The mob is all, "Good idea!"
- So the duke and king clean up for a second night in a row.
- On the third night, the townspeople arrive with a vengeance. And lots of rotten fruit for throwing purposes.
- Unfortunately, the duke and the king have absconded with the money from all three nights' worth of shows: $465.
- So, our gang of four is back on the raft and moving along the river once again.
- In private (which we imagine is a difficult condition to obtain on a small raft with four people), Jim tells Huck that these men are clearly "rapscallions."
- Huck responds that all kings are rapscallions—like "Henry the VIII," who used to chop off all his wives' heads.
- Of course, Huck exaggerates and generally mixes up his history, but still, the boy has a point.
- That night, Jim stays awake during his watch, while Huck sleeps. When Huck wakes up at daybreak, he finds Jim having a mini-breakdown.
- Turns out, Jim is homesick for his family. He tells Huck a story about his daughter: he once asked her to close the door to their house, but she ignored him.
- He asked her again, only to find that she still wouldn't obey him.
- So, obviously, then he hit her across the head, only to find out later that the child was deaf and couldn't hear him in the first place.
- That's a great thing to think about while you're away from your family, right?
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