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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Duke Grumbles

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"Well, this is it, [king]. I ain't easy; I ain't comfortable. That doctor lays on my mind. I wanted to know your plans. I've got a notion, and I think it's a sound one."

"What is it, duke?"

"That we better glide out of this, before three in the morning, and clip it down the river with what we've got. Specially, seeing we got it so easy- given back to us, flung at our heads, as you may say, when of course we allowed to have to steal it back. I'm for knocking off and lighting out."

That made me feel pretty bad. About an hour or two ago, it would a been a little different, but now it made me feel bad and disappointed. The king rips out and says:

"What! And not sell out the rest o' the property? March off like a passel o' fools and leave eight or nine thous'n' dollars' worth o' property layin' around jest sufferin' to be scooped in?- and all good salable stuff, too."

The duke he grumbled; said the bag of gold was enough, and he didn't want to go no deeper- didn't want to rob a lot of orphans of everything they had.

"Why, how you talk!" says the king. "We shan't rob 'em of nothing at all but jest this money. The people that buys the property is the suff'rers; because as soon's it's found out 'at we didn't own it- which won't be long after we've slid- the sale won't be valid, and it'll all go back to the estate. These-yer orphans'll git their house back agin, and that's enough for them; they're young and spry, and k'n easy earn a livin'. They ain't agoing to suffer. Why, jest think- there's thous'n's and thous'n's that ain't nigh so well off. Bless you, they ain't got noth'n to complain of."

What does this scene from Chapter 26 reveal about the duke?

A

The duke has some conscience.

B

The duke is easily convinced by the king.

C

Huck likes the duke better than the king.

D

The duke has no stomach for making the big money.

E

The duke is as gullible as some of the king's marks.