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Posted January 6, 2011 at 11:12 AM via web

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What is a quote from duke or the king indicating the way they underestimated the people they were trying to con?

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter XXX of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, after the duke and the king barely escape from the incensed townspeople who finally realize what frauds these men are, they reach the raft to which Huck has fled and, to Huck's regret, they re-board the raft.  As the king curses the town, the duke contradicts him,

"You better a blame sight give yourself a good cussing, for you're the one that's entitled to it most.  You hain't done a thing, from the start, that had any sense in it, except coming out so cool and cheeky with that imaginary blue-arrow mark.  That was bright--it was right down bully; and it was the thing that saved us.  For if it hadn't been for that, they'd a jailed us till them Englishmen's baggage come--and then--the penitentiary, you bet!..."

Despite their close call with the people who lived around the Wilks girls, Bilgewater the Dauphin and the king continue the ways of the "rapscallions" that they are until one day Huck learns that they have been tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

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