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PLOT SUMMARY: A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT
Morgan establishes his position as Boss in Camelot. He participates in all the activities of the state including the tournament. He watches the events regularly and makes plans to improve the quality of the tournament. His first step towards improvement is to publish a report on the events.
The tournament throws light on the activities of the people of the sixth century. These medieval men are involved in more physical than mental activity, since they are illiterate and unaware of more refined games.
Future conflict is suggested in this scene, creating suspense and sustaining
the story. The fact that Sagramour’s challenge is set for a time far off
in the future gives the reader a frame of reference as to how epic this
story might be.
Approximately four years have passed since the tournament. The Boss
has begun several developmental projects in and around Camelot, including
opening schools, military training centers, mines, and factories, and
encouraging the young men of Camelot to get enrolled in these organizations.
He introduces telegraph and telephone services in the country. He starts
a newspaper and appoints Clarence as its editor. By proper administration,
the country prospers and begins to earn good revenue. Mention is often
made of the future duel with Sagramour, and King Arthur suggests Morgan
go on a journey in order to prepare himself for this battle.
Morgan’s desire to develop the country and modernize it is fulfilled when he opens schools, factories, press, mines and training institutes to educate and improve the lives of the people. With uncontrolled power in his hands, the Boss slowly and steadily ushers in civilization into the country. As he says, “Unsuspected by this dark land, I had the civilization of the nineteenth century booming under its very nose.”
Even while the Boss works to educate and develop the country, he is aware
of the power of the church and its antagonism towards progressive measures.
He stealthily introduces civilization in the country without confronting
the Church. Though the King applauds Morgan’s work, the Yankee Boss is
still not considered a nobleman. Despite his efforts, nobility is held
in higher esteem than intellectual superiority.
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