The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

How does Sherburn stop the lynching?

Chapter 22: "Why the Lynching Bee Failed"

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Sherburn emerges with a shotgun and calmly stands in front of them. He lectures the mob on how pathetic they are, tells them they are being led by half of a man, Buck Harkness, and calls them all cowards. When he finishes his speech, he cocks his gun and the crowd runs off in every direction.