However, the duke didn't really want to "rob a lot of orphans of everything they had"(190) but, the king wanted everything- what a GREEDY sorry excuse of a "man". The king explains,
"We shan't rob 'em of nothing at all but jes the money. The people that buys the property is the suff'rers; because as soon's it's found out 'at we didn't own it-which won't be long after we've slid-the sale won't be valid, and it'll all go back to the estate. These yer orphans'll git their house back agin, and that's enough for them; they're young and spry, and k'n easy earn a livin'. " (190)Even if the slaves and the land property ownership will be given back to Mary Jane and her siblings, the king is horrid. the king, duke, and Huck pulls off an elaborate hoax of deceitful identities and trickery that, for now, leave Huck with situations that question his morality- however, this is a totally different topic.
Maybe Twain is trying to say that we should be aware of strangers and not trust anyone fully. This is the cycnical side of me but, even family members can even be untrstworthy. When people are decieving others, they are lying (obviously), but also faking their way through life. Through all this faking and dishonesty-acting, maybe one loses oneself and does not truly know who they are. Or is Twain saying that in reality, we all have different identities that we try out, through the process of growing up and maturing, to figure out who we are? Is Twain commenting on the fact that we- you, me, everyone, immitate others, whether real or fiction to try out who we want to be?