By Mark Twain
One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts while Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England hands manufacturing unit, 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 value, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of knowledge and superstition of the folks, comes to a decision to enlighten them with schooling and know-how. via a sequence of splendidly imaginitive adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. even as, even though, Twain increases the query of even if fabric development inevitably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra robust and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and no more in a position to keep watch over occasions, until eventually the one manner out is a vastly harmful war.
While the darkish pessimism that might totally blossom in Twain’s later works may be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the radical will however be remembered essentially for its wild leaps of mind's eye, excellent wit, and exciting storytelling.
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CHAPTER XXV. - A Competitive Examination. CHAPTER XXVI. - The First Newspaper. CHAPTER XXVII. - The Yankee and the King Travel Incognito. CHAPTER XXVIII. - Drilling the King. CHAPTER XXIX. - The Small-Pox Hut. CHAPTER XXX. - The Tragedy of the Manor-House. CHAPTER XXXI. - Marco. CHAPTER XXXII. - Dowley舗s Humiliation. CHAPTER XXXIII. - Sixth Century Political Economy. CHAPTER XXXIV. - The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves. CHAPTER XXXV. - A Pitiful Incident. CHAPTER XXXVI. - An Encounter in the Dark.
1871 The Clemens move to Hartford, Connecticut. 1872 Roughing It, an account of Twain舗s adventures out West, is published to enormous success. The first of Twain舗s three daughters, Susy, is born. Twain strikes up a lifelong friendship with the writer William Dean Howells. 1873 Ever the entrepreneur, Twain receives the patent for Mark Twain舗s Self-Pasting Scrapbook, an invention that is a commercial success. He publishes The Gilded Age, a collaboration with his neighbor Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes the post-Civil War era.
An Inspiration. CHAPTER VI. - The Eclipse. CHAPTER VII. - Merlin舗s Tower. CHAPTER VIII. - The Boss. CHAPTER IX. - The Tournament. CHAPTER X. - Beginnings of Civilization. CHAPTER XI. - The Yankee in Search of Adventures. CHAPTER XII. - Slow Torture. 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.