Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT by. MARK TWAIN. ( Samuel L. Clemens). PREFACE. THE ungentle laws and customs touched upon in. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). Adobe PDF icon. Download this document as aracer.mobi: File size: MB.
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Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The book was. Download A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court free in PDF & EPUB format. Download Mark Twain.'s A Connecticut Yankee In King. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. A WORD OF EXPLANATION. It was in Warwick Castle that I came across the curious stranger.
Hank is bothered by the "indelicacy" of how these people talk. He is even more troubled when the court decides to solve the problem of his "magical" clothing by stripping him naked.
Analysis Based on the book's title, readers could safely assume Hank Morgan would attend at least one courtly banquet.
Twain plays with the reader's expectations, and then subverts them. In Arthurian legend and other epics, courtiers may be beautiful, noble, or cruel, but childlike?
Twain does this for two reasons. First, he is intentionally poking fun at the courtly nobles of history and legend. Twain is no friend to the nobility, as he demonstrated with the Duke and the King in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Second, Twain is laying the groundwork for Hank's eventual plans.
If King Arthur and his courtiers were harsh and evil, Hank wouldn't live through the book. By painting them as children—capable of cruelty, but also capable of amazement—Twain has given Hank an effective audience for his future endeavors.
Sir Dinadan the Humorist gives Twain an opportunity to critique after-dinner speakers. Like other 19th-century writers, Twain himself made money by giving lectures.
Thus, he had some very definite opinions about how to entertain an audience, and "petrified" jokes, as Clarence says, are not recommended. The "petrified" comment, however, gives Twain an opening. He has Hank say Dinadan's jokes could be classified "by geologic periods," which means nothing to Clarence.
Hank says he made note of the joke anyway: "It is no use to throw a good thing away merely because the market isn't ripe yet.
Hope springs up, and cheerfulness along with it, and then he is in good shape to do something for himself, if anything can be done. When my rally came, it came with a bound.
I said to myself that my eclipse would be sure to save me, and make me the greatest man in the kingdom besides; and straightway my mercury went up to the top of the tube, and my solicitudes all vanished. I was as happy a man as there was in the world.
Besides, in a business way it would be the making of me; I knew that.
Meantime there was one thing which had got pushed into the background of my mind. That was the half-conviction that when the nature of my proposed calamity should be reported to those superstitious people, it would have such an effect that they would want to compromise. The strength went out of me, and I almost fell down.
Haste thee! There was no help for me. I was dazed, stupefied; I had no command over myself, I only wandered purposely about, like one out of his mind; so the soldiers took hold of me, and pulled me along with them, out of the cell and along the maze of underground corridors, and finally into the fierce glare of daylight and the upper world.
As we stepped into the vast enclosed court of the castle I got a shock; for the first thing I saw was the stake, standing in the center, and near it the piled fagots and a monk. On all four sides of the court the seated multitudes rose rank above rank, forming sloping terraces that were rich with color.
The king and the queen sat in their thrones, the most conspicuous figures there, of course. To note all this, occupied but a second. The next second Clarence had slipped from some place of concealment and was pouring news into my ear, his eyes beaming with triumph and gladness.
And main hard have I worked to do it, too. But when I revealed to them the calamity in store, and saw how mighty was the terror it did engender, then saw I also that this was the time to strike! Wherefore I diligently pretended, unto this and that and the other one, that your power against the sun could not reach its full until the morrow; and so if any would save the sun and the world, you must be slain to-day, while your enchantments are but in the weaving and lack potency.
Odsbodikins, it was but a dull lie, a most indifferent invention, but you should have seen them seize it and swallow it, in the frenzy of their fright, as it were salvation sent from heaven; and all the while was I laughing in my sleeve the one moment, to see them so cheaply deceived, and glorifying God the next, that He was content to let the meanest of His creatures be His instrument to the saving of thy life.
Ah how happy has the matter sped!
You will not need to do the sun a real hurt—ah, forget not that, on your soul forget it not! Only make a little darkness—only the littlest little darkness, mind, and cease with that. It will be sufficient. They will see that I spoke falsely,—being ignorant, as they will fancy —and with the falling of the first shadow of that darkness you shall see them go mad with fear; and they will set you free and make you great!
Go to thy triumph, now! But remember—ah, good friend, I implore thee remember my supplication, and do the blessed sun no hurt. For my sake, thy true friend.
As the soldiers assisted me across the court the stillness was so profound that if I had been blindfold I should have supposed I was in a solitude instead of walled in by four thousand people. There was not a movement perceptible in those masses of humanity; they were as rigid as stone images, and as pale; and dread sat upon every countenance. This hush continued while I was being chained to the stake; it still continued while the fagots were carefully and tediously piled about my ankles, my knees, my thighs, my body.
Then there was a pause, and a deeper hush, if possible, and a man knelt down at my feet with a blazing torch; the multitude strained forward, gazing, and parting slightly from their seats without knowing it; the monk raised his hands above my head, and his eyes toward the blue sky, and began some words in Latin; in this attitude he droned on and on, a little while, and then stopped.
I waited two or three moments; then looked up; he was standing there petrified. With a common impulse the multitude rose slowly up and stared into the sky. I followed their eyes, as sure as guns, there was my eclipse beginning! The life went boiling through my veins; I was a new man! I knew that this gaze would be turned upon me, next. When it was, I was ready. I was in one of the most grand attitudes I ever struck, with my arm stretched up pointing to the sun. It was a noble effect. You could see the shudder sweep the mass like a wave.