During their journey downriver in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck and Jim, the runaway slave, meet up with two con men. One calls himself the Duke of Bridgewater, and the other says he is the Dauphin, the rightful heir to the throne of France. In chapter 21, the duke and the king plan to enact various scenes from Shakespeare in a "one-horse town" in Arkansas.
After sticking up advertisements for the performance, Huck wanders around town, noticing the poorly-made shacks, weed-strewn gardens, mud streets, ubiquitous trash, and lazy, tobacco-chewing inhabitants. Boggs is an old man who lives in the country. He shows up in town for what some of the bystanders say is his "little old monthly drunk." Boggs rides into town already drunk and "whooping and yelling like an Injun." Through the townspeople bantering back and forth, Huck learns that Boggs has come to town to kill Colonel Sherburn, who he accuses of having swindled him. When Boggs encounters Sherburn, he follows him around cursing him until Sherburn gets fed up and shoots him dead in the street.
At first Huck seems merely curious. He observes the body and then watches in interest as a lanky man paces out the event and notes the places where Boggs and Sherburn stood. In chapter 22, a mob moves on Sherburn's house to lynch him, but Sherburn comes out on his porch with a shotgun and talks them down. The crowd disperses, and Huck says, "I could a stayed if I wanted to, but I didn't want to."
Although Huck, as the narrator, could have explained his feelings about this incident, he doesn't. He relates it as if it is another curiosity that he encounters on his journey. A clue to his attitude is in his fairly comprehensive description of the town when he first enters it. He is used to visiting this kind of town with these types of people, and he doesn't find anything particularly unusual about the behavior of Boggs or of Colonel Sherburn. That's why the death of Boggs does not deeply affect him.