Sherburn puts himself above the lynchers.  He thinks that they are cowards, and that they would never actually lynch him.  He is almost unconcerned about the group of people that has come to kill him.  He says that they are weak and not real men.  I think that Twain knows that the lynch mobs are only strong as a group and if you single people out they aren't brave.  Twain knows that these groups are all talk and don't really want

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