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When Morgan asks the King to present a more humble attitude, the King
does “his honest best, but lord it was not great thing. He looked as humble
as the leaning tower at Pisa.” After Morgan becomes exhausted from correcting
the King, he notes, “If you have ever seen an active, heedless, enterprising
child going diligently out of one mischief and into another all day long,
and an anxious mother at its heels all the while, and just saving it by
a hair from drowning itself or breaking its neck with each new experience,
you’ve seen the King and me.”
After the bitter experience with the knights, Morgan decides to groom
the King in country manners before introducing him to the villagers. Accordingly,
he teaches Arthur the art of talking, walking and behaving in the countryside.
The King is a patient student and learns the rules of the game fast. Yet
Morgan is not happy with the results because the King is unable to project
the image of a peasant; his royal bearing keeps popping up.
The chapter is devoted to the lessons Morgan teaches the King before presenting
him to the villagers. He corrects the posture, expression, and attitude
of His Majesty in order to appear realistically like a peasant. Arthur
imitates the Boss correctly but he is unable to project the essence of
a freeman. This is because the King fails to understand the nature and
feelings of the peasants. Unaware of the conditions of the poor villages,
he lacks insight. Through this chapter, Twain conveys as he did in The
Prince and the Pauper that experience
alone will enable a man to understand his subjects thoroughly. King Arthur,
like the Prince, can appear like a common man only after experiencing
the plight of the lower classes.
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