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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?
Huck's time with Jim has made him more sympathetic to those who cannot control their fate.
Society has taught Huck to care about those who are grieving and nothing along his journey has shown him to think otherwise.
This is not just simple fraud, it is immoral exploitation.
Huck has come to appreciate the con the duke and king perform; he is finding this new con sloppy and unrefined.
As part of Huck's own moral development, he is beginning to see all people as essentially innocent in the presence of experienced liars.