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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

14) Who is responsible for Jim’s recapture and how does it happen?

The duke is responsible for Jim’s recapture. He plotted to sell Jim from the beginning, when he printed up the handbill identifying Jim as a runaway slave. To collect his money, all the duke has to do is show the handbill and tell someone where Jim is hiding. As a boy tells Huck, the duke “sold out his chance in him for forty dollars, becuz he’s got to go up the river and can’t wait.”