Chapter 5 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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The custody judge is unfortunately new to the town and refuses to separate Huck from his father. Judge Thatcher, realizing he cannot win, gives Huck some money, which Huck immediately turns over to Pap. Pap gets extremely drunk and is placed in jail for a week. The new judge then sympathetically takes Pap into his home, dresses him well, and tries to reform him. I think Twain is trying to say that people from the outside and new to a job that involves dealing with people might not understand the history and social context of the town.