How do Huck's emotions range during the course of Chapter XXIV in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? 

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Huck is frightened in this chapter and also, despite himself, he is impressed by the King. 

At this point, Huck has informed Mary Jane Wilks that the King and the Duke are frauds. The coffin is set to be dug up and examined so that the body can be examined. The new set of men claiming to be brothers of the deceased say that there is a birthmark on the body that only they know about. 

When the King is asked what the birthmark is he does not give up. Huck is impressed at how far the King is willing to take his ruse and how boldly he remains in his role. 

All the while, Huck is worried about what will happen when the King is proven to be a fraud in front of everyone. Huck may be lynched along with the King and the Duke. 

Huck manages to escape during the ordeal and is for a time over-joyed at the prospect of getting away from the King and the Duke and their troubles. Before the chapter ends, they find their way to the raft too and Huck and Jim are saddled once again with the two rogues.


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