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In Dr Stone, the main character makes aniline by rinsing coal tar with HCl, then mixing in ethyl acetate. See the image below. Is a method like this possible? What is occurring here?

Aniline in Dr Stone

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    $\begingroup$ It's extraction, not synthesis; and seems reasonable. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Oct 12 '19 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ Actually he's getting anilinium hydrochloride $\endgroup$ – Waylander Oct 12 '19 at 18:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Waylander Sure, but extraction with acetate suggest not mentioned neutralization step. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Oct 12 '19 at 20:32

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