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ANALYSIS: A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT
Morgan showers the Marcos with furniture, crockery, and provisions to
equip them for the Sunday dinner. On the appointed day, the guests arrive
and settle down under a tree. They chat before the food arrives. Dowley,
the blacksmith, talks about his life--his secret for success and his enviable
status. The Marcos then lay down an elaborate table with the choicest
delicacies. The guests are astounded. And when the shopkeeper arrives
to collect the fat bill from the Boss, Dowley feels guilty of his vain
boast. The Boss thus impresses the guests by showing off his wealth.
This chapter serves to strengthen the image of the Boss in front of
the villagers and pave the way for him to impress his ideas on them. The
fallacy of his plan is evident in the next few chapters. In the past,
he had admonished Arthur for behaving like a King and thus elevating himself
above the common man. Now, he behaves like a lord by showing off his wealth
in front of the others. The Boss, for all his socialistic ideals, desires
to impress people and earn their appreciation with his own superiority.
Shortly after dinner, Morgan and the peasants have a leisurely chat.
Dowley boasts about his pattern of paying higher wages to his craftsmen.
Morgan tries to explain to him the structure of the wage pattern and its
relation to purchasing power, but fails to impress this on the men. Feeling
defeated, he talks to them about the future, when workers will decide
wages. The peasants are startled by Morgan’s revelations but do not respond
positively to his theory. Desperately wanting to impress his ideas on
the traders, the Boss talks to them about the evil practice of pillory
and indirectly warns them of facing the consequences of unjust laws. Dowley
and his friends are frightened.
As the title suggests, the chapter reveals the economy in the sixth-century. In that medieval age, the magistrate decided the wage structure. The craftsmen and the traders earned higher wages but they spent more to purchase goods. As a result, the peasants earned more but could hardly save any money.
In this chapter the Boss tries once again to impress the peasants with his
democratic and modern views. In the process, he goes overboard. When he
fails to make them understand the principles of Economics, he paints a
bright picture about the future of economy where people earn more and
live in comfort. The traders are not still convinced about his ideas.
In a last bid to convince them of his superior views, Morgan tries forceful
tactics. He exposes the unjust laws of England, which indulge in the evil
practice of pillory. Consequently, the Boss antagonizes the traders instead
of earning their favor.
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