Huckleberry Finn:
Chapters 19-23
By: Tyler, Belle, Spurthi, Ben
Chapter 19 Summary
Huck and Jim meet two
men, one who claims to be
a duke and they serve him
The other man who is
older claims to be a king
and wants to be served
Huck knew they were liars
but decided to pretend he
didn’t know
Chapter 19 Characters
“Dauphin”- an elderly man
who Huck lets on to the raft,
claims to be the son of King
Louis XIV (Jim believes
him, Huck does not), conartist
“Duke”- a man in his thirties
who is also let on to the raft
by Huck, claims to be the
Duke of Bridgewater (Jim
believes him, Huck does
not), con-artist, amateur
actor Belle
Chapter 19 Quotes
“It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the
sky up there, all speckled with stars, and
we used to lay on our backs and look up
at them, and discuss about whether they
was made or only just happened. Jim he
allowed they was made, but I allowed
they happened… Jim said the moon
could have laid them; well, that looked
kind of reasonable, so I didn’t say
nothing against it” (Twain 107)
This quote really has many important
events. One, Huck is obviously
becoming much more accustomed to
having Jim and living on the raft. He is
just talking with Jim, treating him as he
would a friend. Another thing we see is
that once again Huck is the rational,
person and Jim being more creative.
However, Jim is able to convince Huck
that the stars might have been laid, and
rather than continuing to fight as he did
for the Solomon story, he simply accepts
that what Jim said is true. This is showing
his slow growth as a person, as he no
longer finds the need to argue simply to
Quotes Chapter 19 Continued
“All through dinner Jim stood
around and waited on him, and
says ‘ Will yo’ Grace have some o’
dis or some o’ dat?’ and so on,
and a body could see it was mighty
pleasing to him.” (Twain 111)
Through this quote, we see that
when Jim is treating the duke as
superior, the duke is enjoying it
and this brings out how conceited
a person is. The duke finds it
appealing to be held to a higher
regard than common people, and
likes it when people acknowledge
that he is “better” than them.
Chapter 20 Summary
The king and duke come up
with a plan to charge people to
see them reenact Romeo and
Huck lies to the “duke” and
“king” about Jim, saying they
were in an accident in Missouri
The group stops at Pokeville
and finds all of the people in
the woods
The King lies about being a
pirate trying to help others and
gets 87.75 and a jug of whiskey
from the people who try to
Chapter 20 Quotes
“’ Tis my fate to be always ground into he
mire under the iron heel of oppression.
Misfortune has broken my once haughty
spirit; I yield, I submit; ‘tis my fate. I am
alone in the world- let me suffer; I can
bear it.’” (Twain 115)
This quote is very symbolic of the feelings
of a slave or black person in that time
period. They thought there was nothing
they could do against it and that they had
to submit, and that they had to follow the
orders of their “masters”. They believed it
to be their fate, and very few actually
stood against this. In reality, the “king” is
not really a king, but he is still able to
force control, just like at that time the
white people really were not “masters”
and did not have the right to own slaves,
but they deceived the slaves into thinking
Quotes Chapter 20 Continued
“ You couldn’t make out what the preacher
said any more, on account of the
shouting and crying. Folks got up
everywheres in the crowd, and worked
their way just by main strength to the
mourners’ bench, with tears running
down their faces; and when all the
mourners had got up there to the front
benches in a crowd, they sung and
shouted and flung themselves down on
the straw, just crazy and wild.”
This quote shows the chaos and
disorder that is present in religion.
Twain tries to show that no one really
heard what the preacher said on
account of their own personal feelings
and emotions. Twain really shows how
religion is personal and is interpreted
differently by each person. He says it
cannot be orderly and that it needs to
be natural.
Chapter 21 Summary
They go to a town in
Arkansas to perform the
A harmless drunk man
was yelling about death
and was shot twice by
Colonel Sherburn
He died in a drug store
with Huck and many
others watching
Chapter 21 Characters
Colonel Sherburn- man
who shot Boggs, seems
completely unfazed by a
mob ready to lynch him
on his doorstep
Boggs- a drunk man who
insulted Sherburn,
resulting in him being shot
and killed
Chapter 21 Quotes
“ The same second I see a young girl coming
on the run… the pistol barrel come down
slow and steady to a level- both barrels
cocked… Bang! Goes the first shot, and
he staggers back, clawing the air- bang!
Goes the second shot, and he tumbles
backwards… Colonel Sherburn he tossed
his pistol onto the ground, and turned
around on his heels and walked off.”
(Twain 129)
Twain shows how Boggs is killed not just
infront of the townspeople, but in front
of his daughter. Sherburn waits to shoot
until his daughter is there. After
shooting, he simply turns and walks off,
showing no regret, remorse, or emotion.
This shows how cold some humans can
be and the fact that they can murder so
easily reflects the idea that by owning
slaves, they are indirectly killing innocent
people, regardless of their skin color.
Quotes Chapter 21 Continued
“ Well, by and by somebody said
Sherburn ought to be lynched. In
about a minute everybody was
saying it; so away they went mad
and yelling, and snatching down
every clothesline they come to do
the hanging with.” (Twain 130)
This quotes shows peer pressure,
and the influence society has on a
person. One person says that
Sherman should be lynched and
then everyone follows suit,
showing that people just don’t want
to be left alone, and they need
other people’s approval before
Chapter 22 Summary
A mob goes to Sherburns
house to lynch him but he calls
them all cowards
Huck leaves and goes to the
circus which he enjoys
Only 12 people show up to the
duke and kings play and they
all leave
the duke and king decide to
have a lower comedy play in
which no women or children
are allowed
Quotes Chapter 22
“Your newspapers call you brave
peoples so much that you think you
are braver than any other peoplewhereas you are just as brave, and
no braver.” (Twain 132)
This quote shows how much society
influences how a person thinks.
Colonel Sherburn was true when he
said that all the people believe what
the newspaper is saying as that was
their own form of news and
communication back then. They
relied heavily on what the
newspaper said, and believed it just
showing how much society relied on
communication and how society
makes people think in certain ways.
Quotes Chapter 22 Continued
“Well, that night we had our show; but there
warn’t only about twelve people therejust enough to pay expenses. And they
laughed al the time, and that made the
duke mad; and everybody left,
anyways…the duke said these Arkansaw
lunkheads couldn’t come up to
Shakespeare.” (Twain 135)
This quote shows how humans think.
The duke and king’s interpretation of
Romeo and Juliet is laughed at and
thought of as a comedy. Rather than
evaluate their own shows and figure out
why people may have laughed, the duke
blames the people of Arkansas, and says
they are not smart enough to understand
Shakespeare. Humans in general tend to
look to the faults of others rather than
find the faults within themselves, when in
reality it might be their mistake.
Chapter 23 Summary
the duke and king perform and
the audience is mad it was two
The audience had everybody
else come to the show the next
two nights to see how they were
the third night the people had
rotten eggs to throw but the
duke and king snuck out before
the show
They left on the raft where Jim
confessed how much he misses
his family
Chapter 23 Characters
Lizabeth- Jim’s daughter
who he misses greatly, and
who is deaf and mute
Chapter 23 Quotes
‘“ It’s the way I feel, too, Jim. But we’ve
got them on our hands and we got to
remember what they are, and make
allowances…’ What was the use to tell
Jim these warn’t real kings and dukes?
It wouldn’t a’ done no good” (Twain
This quote shows how Huck now
“tricks” Jim, but rather to show that he
can or that he is more powerful than
Jim or more intelligent, he does so for
a legitimate reason. He does not want
to ruin Jim’s fantasy by telling him that
the men were not really a king and a
duke. He acts very mature here,
almost like a parent who does not tell
their kid that Santa Claus does not
exist, simply to preserve the fantasy
and allow them to be happy. Huck
does the same thing, showing how he
is maturing.
Chapter 23 Quotes Continued
“ When I waked up just at daybreak he was
sitting there with his head down between
his knees, moaning and mourning to
himself… He was thinking about his wife
and his children, away up yonder, and he
was low and homesick; because he
hadn’t ever been away from home before
in his life; and I do believe he cared just
as much for his eople as white folks does
for their’n… He was a mighty fine
n*****” (Twain 140)
In this quote, we see that Huck has come
to a point where he understands Jim’s
emotions and understands the reasons
behind them as well. He recognizes that
Jim must be homesick and empathizes
with him, saying he had never been away
from home and that he must miss his
family, like white people. This is a
crucial point, since he compares Jim to a
white person, and agrees that they both
are similar in at least one way. He calls
Jim a good slave, which just shows again,
how he is growing as a person and
beginning to understand Jim.
Lying can be good in some situations
and bad in others.
Huck lies much of the
time in order to save Jim
from being caught. He
does this to protect and
help him. The two men
who call themselves Duke
and the Dauphin lie to get
special treatment and gain
self worth.
Love is a bond that can never be
No matter how hard Jim
tries to reach his family he
might never see them
again. Jim tries so hard to
see his loved ones and he
feels so strongly that they
are near that he will stop at
nothing. Jim thinks about
his family when they are
not here. One simple
thing can
In the face of wrong do what is right.
Huck meets these two
men and they lie to him
and Jim. It doesn’t make
it right for him to do
anything mean back. Huck
does the right thing and
gives them a place to live.
Huck also never did
anything to his father when
he was back home even
though his father beat him
every day.
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Huckleberry Finn: Chapters 19-23