The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

On page 18, the boys say "till they're ransomed". What is funny about this scene?

Chapter 2: Our Gang's Dark Oath

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Tom explains that as robbers, they will only attack carriages and take the things inside. The men will be killed and the women will be brought back to the cave. He also mentions that they will ransom some of the people, because that is what they do in books, although he has no idea what "ransom" means.