Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mark Twain and the bars and shackles of civilization

Yea, verily, the Cotillion season has begun.

From Tom Sawyer:

"Huck Finn's wealth and the fact that he was under the Widow Douglas's protection introduced him into society -- no, dragged him into it, hurled him into it -- and his sufferings were almost more than he could bear. The widow's servants kept him clean and neat, combed and brushed, and they bedded him nightly in unsympathetic sheets that had not one little spot or stain which he could press to his heart and know for a friend. He had to eat with a knife and a fork; he had to use napkin, cup and plate; he had to learn his book; he had to go to church; he had to talk so properly that speech was becoming insipid in his mouth; whithersoever he turned, the bars and shackles of civilization shut him in and bound him hand and foot."

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