The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Read Chapters 24-27

(pages 218-225 in Google text)

Summary of Chapter 24: Meeting a fellow traveler, the king starts up a conversation with the man, finding out that the town is anticipating the arrival of the English brothers of Peter Wilks, a wealthy landowner who has recently died and thus has quite a sizable inheritance to give to his relatives. The king and duke jump on this opportunity, and after leaving the man who possessed such valuable information, ask for directions to the Wilks' home.

Read Chapter 25 (pages 226-236 in the Google text)

Summary of Chapter 25:
They arrive at the house, pretending to be the brothers of the deceased, and they seem to fool everyone in the town. The king gives a speech, where he even brings himself to tears over the apparent death of his brother. One man, however, the family physician, doesn't believe that these men are genuine, but tells the town that they must be frauds. Their English accents, for one, don't seem quite authentic to his trained ear. Luckily for the king and duke, however, the town doesn't believe the doctor, but rallies behind them instead.

Read Chapter 26 (pages 237-247 in the Google text)

Summary of Chapter 26:
The king and duke, now in one of the Wilks' private rooms, plot their next move. A bag of gold has come into their possession and they decide to hide it for safe-keeping. Huck, however, feels guilty and partially responsible for the scheme, since he is with the king and duke. He decides to hide the gold himself to prevent the king and duke from getting their hands onto it.

Read Chapter 27 (pages 248-258 in the Google Text)

Summary of Chapter 27:
Now with the bag of gold, Huck proceeds to find a place to hide it. Unfortunately, someone is heard approaching from another room, and fearing that he will be caught with the bag in his hand, he is forced to hide the gold in the casket itself.

Soon the funeral ceremony takes place, and though many people are near the casket, no one seems to discover the gold.

Planning their getaway, the king and duke realize that the gold is no longer where they had hidden it. They interrogate Huck about the matter, but they ultimately come to believe that some of the house slaves must have stolen the gold.

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