The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

[chapter 22] How does the chapter create a mild amount of suspense, leaving the reader with hope for the con artists?


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The lynch mob charges through the streets, proceeds to Sherburn’s house, and knocks down the front fence. The crowd quickly backs away, however, as Sherburn greets them from the roof of his front porch, rifle in hand. After a chilling silence, Sherburn delivers a haughty speech on human nature in which he attacks the cowardice and mob mentality of the average person. Sherburn tells the crowd that no one will lynch him in the daytime. The mob, chastened, disperses.

The murder and threat of a lynching take the heat off of our con men........ for awhile.