The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Cotrast Jim's and Huck's reactions to the duke and the king.

In chapter 19 what are the differences in Jims and Hucks reactions to the Duke and the King and what does that mean?


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Huck's interaction with the Duke and the King is at first puzzling and later annoying. He and Jim both are quite aware that the two men are con artists, forcing the reader to question why they put up with them. In fact, Huck is afraid of the consequences of crossing either man. He compares the men to Pap and remarks, "I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way." Thus, Huck and Jim realize that rather then stir up trouble with either of the men, it is best to play along and pretend they have been duped. Jim is unhappy with the situation and would prefer it if no more kings arrived during the trip, whereas, Huck enjoys watching the men do their work.