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The cons dress up Jim as an Arab (or "A-rab") so he won't be discovered as a runaway slave.
Still, in case the outfit isn't enough (they used some of the props from their King Lear supplies), they put a sign on him that says "Sick Arab—but harmless when not out of his head."
Well, that ought to take care of it.
The two con men are ready to try the The Royal Nonesuch gig again, but they're afraid news of the scam might have spread along the river by now.
Yeah, considering all the lynching-talk, we'd be worried about that, too.
The king decides he'll just drop into the next village and "trust in Providence" to lead him the right way.
He and Huck dress themselves up nicely in some new clothes and decide to arrive in town by steamboat, for appearance's sake.
Pretty soon, they run into a young man from the country who takes them toward the boat and spills all the town gossip on the way.
Turns out, a wealthy man named Peter Wilks has just died. While he was sick, he had sent for his brothers William (who is deaf and mute) and Harvey (a preacher in England).
But they haven't shown up yet, which means they missed the chance to say good-bye to their brother before he died.
Still in town, however, are Peter's three nieces: Mary Jane (nineteen), Susan (fifteen), and Joanna (fourteen, has a harelip).
The king is super interested (mostly because dead people equals money, in the inheritance sense) and pumps this guy for all the information he's got.
When they get to the steamboat, the king hangs back.
He sends Huck to fetch the duke, and a new plot commences.
Can you tell where this is going? Yeah.
The duke and king decide to play the part of the dead man's brothers. They travel to town and make a big stink about the fact that Peter died before they arrived. (The king is playing the part of the preacher, with a British accent and all, and the duke plays William, the deaf mute.)
Watching the two men blubber on and lament their dear, beloved dead "brother," Huck comments that, "it was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race" (24.49).