The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

What do you predict will happen to huck and Jim now that they are associated with the king and the duke? Cite the text to support your prediction.

Chapters 16-22

Asked by
Last updated by jill d #170087
Answers 3
Add Yours

Huck and Jim are both aware that the two men are con artists. As for predictions, Huck is going to go along with the men's schemes because he's afraid to do anyhting else. He says, "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.

I'll predict there will be some trouble ahead. I will follow up with textual evidence.


I think they are going to get sucked into something that they don't want to. The Duke and King are Con artists who hurt people financially and emotionally. Huck and Jim are not out to use or hurt anybody. There is malice in the Duke and King which Huck and Jim don't share. Both men begin by conning each other and then decide they can team up and con the world, "Old man," said the young one, "I reckon we might double-team it together; what do you think?" Huck and Jim simply are not like this yet are stuck with these two guys. The King and Duke can be dangerous if Huck and Jim refuse them.

The handbills might get Jim into trouble.

"Then he showed us another little job he'd printed and hadn't charged for, because it was for us. It had a picture of a runaway nigger with a bundle on a stick over his shoulder, and "$200 reward" under it. The reading was all about Jim, and just described him to a dot. It said he run away from St. Jacques' plantation, forty mile below New Orleans, last winter, and likely went north, and whoever would catch him and send him back he could have the reward and expenses."


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/ Chapter 20