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The Million Pound Bank Note By Mark Twain
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In addition to the enjoyment he takes in the series of adventures that Henry encounters, Mark Twain presents the characteristics needed to be successful in America. As he did earlier in A Connecticut... More > Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889), Twain shows that an American needs wit and practical intelligence, a sense of fairness and honesty, a clean reputation, patience, and self-discipline. Henry has all these qualities and more. His wit and intelligence allow him to seize the opportunities that come his way. Furthermore, his self-discipline allows him to keep his desires in check. Henry does not spend wildly when he uses the bank note for credit. Instead, he keeps careful watch over his expenses, allowing himself to owe no more than what he can repay within two years on the salary that he expects to make in his new job.< Less
The Million Pound Bank Note By Mark Twain
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The first-person narrator of the story, Henry Adams, age twenty-seven, is a mining-broker’s clerk in San Francisco. He says at the outset that he intends to make a fortune, although he has... More > nothing but his “wits and a clean reputation.” While sailing one afternoon, he is carried out to sea and eventually rescued by a small brig bound for London. When he arrives in London, he has only a dollar to his name and is soon without shelter and food. Walking around Portland Place, Henry yearns for a pear that a child has tossed into the gutter. He walks back and forth by the pear, waiting for other people to be out of sight.< Less
The Jumping Frog By Mark Twain
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Mark Twain, who had made his living as a Mississippi steamboat pilot before the Civil War and had gone on to be a printer, a journalist, and a sometime prospector, could hardly have imagined that his... More > comic tale “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which appeared originally under the more modest title “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” was to change his life forever and establish him in a career which was to lead to him becoming one of America’s greatest writers.< Less
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Mark Twain, who had made his living as a Mississippi steamboat pilot before the Civil War and had gone on to be a printer, a journalist, and a sometime prospector, could hardly have imagined that his... More > comic tale “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which appeared originally under the more modest title “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” was to change his life forever and establish him in a career which was to lead to him becoming one of America’s greatest writers.< Less

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