Is there any justice in the way the Duke and King are found out?in Chapters 33-35 of Huckleberry Finn;

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When the Duke and Dauphin, two con men, are eventually exposed, the townspeople tar and feather them. Huck and Jim come upon them being run out of town on a rail, by a mob of townspeople who have tarred and feathered them. This is ironic because the Duke and Dauphin had turned Jim over to a local farmer, and then they are caught themselves and humiliated. So, justice is served in the end and these two crooks are exposed for what they are. Huck learns from his time with them, however, and he sees how easy it is for people to be taken advantage of in life. When he sees the two crooks being run out of town, however, he feels some pity for them in spite of the way they have duped the countryside for months and months, and in spite of how they have treated him and Jim.

The justice being served against the Duke and Dauphin illustrates to Huck that there is some good that comes out of being civilized because civilization has laws, and when the laws are violated, there are consequences.

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