By Mark Twain
One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts off whilst Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England palms 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 importance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of information and superstition of the folks, makes a decision to enlighten them with schooling and know-how. via a sequence of splendidly creative 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 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 capable of keep watch over occasions, till the one means out is a vastly harmful war.
While the darkish pessimism that will totally blossom in Twain’s later works might be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the unconventional will however be remembered basically for its wild leaps of mind's eye, fabulous wit, and enjoyable storytelling.
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The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer, is constructively in heaven when he is at work. com/classics Š A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur舗s Court was first published in 1889. Š Published in 2005 by Barnes & Noble Classics with new Introduction, Notes, Note on the Illustrations, Biography, Chronology, Inspired By, Comments & Questions, and For Further Reading. Š Introduction, Notes, A Note on the Illustrations, and For Further Reading Copyright ũ 2005 by Stephen Railton.
A Pitiful Incident. CHAPTER XXXVI. - An Encounter in the Dark. CHAPTER XXXVII. - An Awful Predicament. CHAPTER XXXVIII. - Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue. CHAPTER XXXIX. - The Yankee舗s Fight with the Knights. CHAPTER XL. - Three Years Later. 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.
Once he realizes the leverage his thirteen-century head start gives him on the primitive world he finds himself in, Hank sets out to reform and enlighten the Dark Ages. Having come from a factory, he equates progress with industrialization. 舡 There舗s no mistaking the pride in his voice when he tells us in chapter 10, 舠In various quiet nooks and corners I had the beginnings of all sorts of industries under way舒nuclei of future vast factories, the iron and steel missionaries of my future civilization舡 (p.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Mark Twain