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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Final Line

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The final line of Chapter 24 reads: "It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race."

Why, after all the cons Huck has witnessed the king and duke perform, does Huck now feel sympathetic for the Wilks?

A

Huck's time with Jim has made him more sympathetic to those who cannot control their fate.

B

Society has taught Huck to care about those who are grieving and nothing along his journey has shown him to think otherwise.

C

This is not just simple fraud, it is immoral exploitation.

D

Huck has come to appreciate the con the duke and king perform; he is finding this new con sloppy and unrefined.

E

As part of Huck's own moral development, he is beginning to see all people as essentially innocent in the presence of experienced liars.