What poignancy is evoked in the conversation Huck overhears on the river in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?

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In the conversation that he overhears, Huck knows that if he leaves, the man who is tied up will surely die if he does not intervene. It is a moral dilemma for him in the realm of him helping the third man survive and risking his and Jim's lives or to save themselves and condemn the third man to death. When you read at the end that it was indeed Pap that was the third man, the emotional strife is again revisited and intensified.

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