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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


by Mark Twain

The Duke and The King Timeline and Summary

  • The duke and king come aboard the raft with Huck and Jim and pretend to be royalty.
  • They perform their first cons; the duke makes nine bucks, and the king pulls a scam at a religious gathering to garner over $80.
  • The king learns Shakespeare from the duke, and they plan for a performance.
  • Both men perform The Royal Nonesuch scam and make bank in doing so.
  • The duke dresses Jim up as an Arab.
  • The king pretends to be the British preacher Harvey Wilks to scam money from dead Peter Wilks’s family while the duke plays along as the deaf-mute brother, William.
  • The men use their Royal Nonesuch money to make up a deficit in the inheritance.
  • The king convinces the duke to milk this opportunity for all it is worth.
  • Both men escape by the escape by the skin of their teeth when the real brothers show up.
  • When he is strangled by the duke, the king confesses to stealing the gold even though he didn’t actually steal the gold, although he sort of did steal it from the proper heirs. Who can keep track these days.
  • The king sets up Jim to be captured and uses the $40 to get drunk. The duke then lies to Huck about Jim’s whereabouts, although, to his credit, he almost tells him the truth. Great! That means the townspeople should almost not tar and feather him.
  • To our strange satisfaction, both men are tarred and feathered.