By Mark Twain
Hank Morgan unearths himself transported to darkish a while England—where he's instantly captured and sentenced to loss of life at Camelot. thankfully, he’s quick-witted, and within the means of saving his lifestyles he turns himself right into a big name of the top magnitude—winning himself the placement of best minister in addition to the lasting enmity of Merlin.
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CHAPTER XLIV. - A Postscript by Clarence. ENDNOTES INSPIRED BY COMMENTS & QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING FROM THE PAGES OF A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT “I shall never see my friends again—never, never again. ” (page 30) “Merlin has wrought a spell! Merlin, forsooth! That cheap old humbug, that maundering old ass? Bosh, pure bosh, the silliest bosh in the world! ” (pages 52-53) To return to my anomalous position in King Arthur’s kingdom. Here I was, a giant among pigmies, a man among children, a master intelligence among intellectual moles: by all rational measurement the one and only actually great man in that whole British world; and yet there and then, just as in the remote England of my birth-time, the sheep-witted earl who could claim long descent from a king’s leman, acquired at second-hand from the slums of London, was a better man than I was.
284)—we hear how profoundly Hank’s sense of the world has been conditioned by his allegiance to laissez-faire capitalism. But there are many points at which Twain’s ability to maintain any distance between Hank’s persona and his own personality breaks down. Take the joke that Hank tells us that he heard more often and came to hate more vehemently than any other: “It was about a humorous lecturer who flooded an ignorant audience with the killingest jokes for an hour and never got a laugh” (pp. 91-92).
25), the reality of life for the common people of Arthur’s realm, the poverty, ignorance, injustice, and slavery that never get described in the ideal world romance creates. Having brought Hank across 1,300 years Twain takes him on two more trips, both through Arthur’s realm: first with Sandy (chapters 11-20), then with the King (chapters 27-38). The sights Hank sees on these travels—the tortured prisoners in Morgan le Fay’s dungeon, the impoverished peasant family dying of small-pox—work to disenchant readers of any nostalgia they might have felt for the mythic past.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mark Twain