What happens during the showdown between Sherburn and Boggs? i want kind of like the summary. thanks!

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The confrontation you mention happens in Chapter 21 of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Huck is with the "king" and the "duke" in a little town in Arkansas.  While there, he sees Boggs ride in to town to get drunk as he often does.

For whatever reason, Boggs starts to talk about killing Colonel Sherburn.  The colonel threatens to kill Boggs if Boggs does not stop.  Boggs keeps threatening and the townspeople decide that things are getting serious.  To try to stop Boggs, the people send for his daughter.  But she is too late because by the time she has arrived, the colonel has shot Boggs and Boggs is dying.

After that, the townspeople threaten to lynch Sherburn but he mocks them, telling them they don't have the "grit" to do it.  He is, apparently, correct, and the mob leaves.

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