the Duke and Hamlet
Punishment for the Duke
the Duke and theater

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim encounter two drifters escaping from a town on the riverbank. One is known as King, the other goes by the name Duke.

" The other fellow was about thirty, and dressed about as ornery."

Duke is the brains of the duo, King is more of the follower: It's ironic, since the King's title is higher than that of a Duke! He comes up with a scam to perform scenes from King Richard III and Romeo and Juliet in town and receive money. He teaches the play to King who is not familiar with Shakespeare. Later on, he performs his version of Hamlet's famous soliloquy to King, Huck, and Jim.

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"To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would fardels bear, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunisinane,
But that the fear of something after death
Murders the innocent sleep,
Great nature's second course,
And makes us rather sling the arrows of outrageous fortune
Than fly to others that we know not of.
There's the respect must give us pause:
Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The law's delay, and the quietus which his pangs might take,
In the dead waste and middle of the night, when churchyards yawn
In customary suits of solemn black,
But that the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,
Breathes forth contagion on the world,
And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i' the adage,
Is sicklied o'er with care,
And all the clouds that lowered o'er our housetops,
With this regard their currents turn awry

his name was the duke
he was nothing more than a kook
he tried to act smart
but ended up feathered and tarred
to me, he was nothing more than a puke.