The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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A Bearded Juliet


What is the following excerpt from Chapter 20 evidence of?

So the duke he told him all about who Romeo was, and who Juliet was, and said he was used to being Romeo, so the king could be Juliet.

"But if Juliet's such a young gal, Duke, my peeled head and my white whiskers is goin' to look oncommon odd on her, maybe."

"No, don't you worry- these country jakes won't ever think of that. Besides, you know, you'll be in costume, and that makes all the difference in the world; Juliet's in a balcony, enjoying the moonlight before she goes to bed, and she's got on her night-gown and her ruffled night-cap. Here are the costumes for the parts."


The success of these conmen relies heavily on society's willingness to be defrauded.


The ridiculousness of Romanticism is encountered by Huck whenever he comes to shore or encounters people from the society.


This scene is foreshadowing the duke and king's eventual capture by the townspeople when the conmen will be shown to be frauds.


Huck is clearly the better conman as he has convinced the duke and king he is a willing participant and not just biding his time.


The duke and king are accomplished conmen to already have in their possession costumes for such schemes.