What further aspects of Jim's character emerge in chapter 23 of Huckleberry Finn? How do the townspeople react to the killing?

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The town becomes focused on revenge after the killing. The want to lynch Colonel Sherburn and the entire town, including the children, become a frenzied mob that storms Sherburn's yard. Sherburn cools them down rather quickly when he greets them on the roof with his shotgun. He spends some time berating them for their actions before making them leave.

Jim, in this chapter, shows his sensitive nature. It is a sharp contrast to the other events in the chapter, like lynching mobs and swindling couples. It is evident that he misses his family, and grieves for slapping his daughter for ignoring him, when in fact, she could not hear him. He is also kind to Huck, taking over the night watches so the young boy could rest. 

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