By Mark Twain
One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts whilst Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England hands manufacturing facility, is struck at the head in the course of a quarrel and awakens to discover himself one of the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.
What follows is a tradition conflict of the 1st significance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of understanding and superstition of the folks, makes a decision to enlighten them with schooling and know-how. via a sequence of splendidly imaginitive adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy in comparison to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. whilst, even if, Twain increases the query of no matter if fabric growth unavoidably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra robust and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and not more in a position to regulate occasions, until eventually the single approach out is a hugely damaging war.
While the darkish pessimism that might totally blossom in Twain’s later works could be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the radical will however be remembered basically for its wild leaps of mind's eye, remarkable wit, and unique storytelling.
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CHAPTER XIII. - Freemen! CHAPTER XIV. 舡 CHAPTER XV. - Sandy舗s Tale. CHAPTER XVI. - Morgan le Fay. CHAPTER XVII. - A Royal Banquet. CHAPTER XVIII. - In the Queen舗s Dungeons. CHAPTER XIX. - Knight Errantry as a Trade. CHAPTER XX. - The Ogre舗s Castle. CHAPTER XXI. - The Pilgrims. CHAPTER XXII. - The Holy Fountain. CHAPTER XXIII. - Restoration of the Fountain. CHAPTER XXIV. - A Rival Magician. CHAPTER XXV. - A Competitive Examination. CHAPTER XXVI. - The First Newspaper. CHAPTER XXVII. - The Yankee and the King Travel Incognito.
CHAPTER XLI. - The Interdict. CHAPTER XLII. - War! CHAPTER XLIII. - The Battle of the Sand-Belt. CHAPTER XLIV. - A Postscript by Clarence. ENDNOTES INSPIRED BY COMMENTS & QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING FROM THE PAGES OF A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR舗S COURT 舠I shall never see my friends again舒never, never again. 舡 (page 30) Š 舠Merlin has wrought a spell! Merlin, forsooth! That cheap old humbug, that maundering old ass? Bosh, pure bosh, the silliest bosh in the world! 舡 (pages 52-53) Š To return to my anomalous position in King Arthur舗s kingdom.
He was traveling on one such tour, dramatizing excerpts from Huck Finn nightly to thousands of well-dressed men and women, when he started reading Malory and making notes for the story that became Connecticut Yankee. That may help explain why the book reveals so much about what it was like to be Mark Twain舒in other words, to be Samuel Clemens performing Mark Twain for his adoring public. Although the narrative does provide a few details of Hank oiling up the machinery of government, it consists mainly of a series of shows that Hank puts on for his sixth-century audiences.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Mark Twain