What is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for the Wilks episode of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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After Huck and Jim rescue the two con men, the Duke and the King, the two con men immerse themselves in another scam. 

EXPOSITION

One day the king has Huck tie up the raft so that they can ride on a steamboat. On shore they meet a talkative young man who mistakes the king for Mr. Wilks, the brother of Peter Wilks who has just died.

"He most desperately wanted to see Harvey--and William, too,...because he was one of them kind that can't bear to make a will.

Interested, the king asks the young man all about the Wilks family, and he learns that the man has left three or four thousand dollars. 

RISING ACTION

The king and the duke arrive at the Wilks place and feign grief at learning that they have arrived too late. After the daughter Mary Jane produces her father's will, the two rapscallions "ransack" all around for the money; when they find it, they add $415.00 of their own to make the amount come to the six thousand cash that...

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