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Summary Chapter 28

Huck goes downstairs and sees Mary Jane packing. However, she is crying. She is upset over the servants who were sold. She can’t bear to see a mother and her children separated and unable to see each other anymore. Huck assures her they will be reunited, then realizes he has revealed a bit too much.

Huck decides telling the truth is better than lying. He asks if there is a place Mary Jane could go for several days that is out of town. She says yes—the Lothrops—and then asks why.

Huck tells her that her uncles are actually con artists. He tells the whole story, including how they got their information. She is angry. Huck says he is all for turning them over to the authorities, but he has to save someone first.

He asks her to go to Mr. Lothrops, but to come back in the evening. He tells her to put a candle in the window. If he doesn’t come back by 11 p.m., she can tell the authorities. If he can’t get away, she must tell everyone he was her informant. He tells her the people in neighboring towns can prove that the men are frauds, referring to their plays. The sale of the servants and the land won’t be legit and therefore won’t go through.

He tells her to leave before breakfast, for her face will reveal that she knows the truth. He tells her to leave her sisters behind, for the men might get suspicious if they all leave.

She feels bad that the men got the money they found in the cellar, but Huck tells her he put it in the coffin. However, he thinks someone else took it.

Mary Jane tells him she’ll never forget him and will pray for him.

Huck tells the other sisters that Mary Jane went to visit a sick friend. He advises them not to tell the uncles that, though, for they might fear she will catch something contagious…and postpone their trip to England.

The auction is held. Just as everything is sold, two men come off the steamboat and are identified as Peter Wilks’ brothers.

Mark Twain