Preparing for their next scam, the duke and king practice the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet and the sword fight from Richard III . As an encore, the duke also teaches the king a jumbled version of Hamlet 's soliloquy . A few days later, they go ashore in Arkansas and decide to display their knowledge of Shakespeare. The town is a squalid place with streets of mud and loafers spitting tobacco. As Huck explores, a drunken man named Boggs races into town vowing to kill a man named Colonel Sherburn. The local townspeople laugh at Boggs and remark that his behavior is common practice, and he is harmless. After a brief period, Sherburn comes out of his office and tells Boggs to stop speaking out against him. Boggs continues to swear at Sherburn, and, in retaliation, Sherburn levels a pistol and kills him. The town immediately decides that Sherburn must be lynched, and they storm to his
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