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LESSON PLANS: A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT
Morgan escapes out of one danger to get into another. First he undergoes
torture as a slave, and then becomes a prisoner sentenced to die. Just
before his execution, he is saved. He returns back to Camelot in relief,
then remembers the long-awaited duel with Sagramour. This scene is full
of heroic comedy, in which The Boss wears practical dueling clothes and
wields a pistol like a cowboy, defeating the overdressed and armor-wearing
knights. The scene is a dramatic finale to most of the action of the plot,
since it seems more like a battle royal than a simple duel.
Within three years, The Boss manages to transform England into an enlightened
country with well-established schools and institutions. Several newspapers
are in circulation and books are being published. All the equipment and
gadgets necessary for comfortable living are easily available. Means of
communication and transport are facilitated through telegraph, telephone,
and railways. The knights are all productively employed. After succeeding
in modernizing Camelot, The Boss plans to overthrow the Catholic Church
and establish a Protestant one in its place. He also plans to introduce
universal suffrage. In the midst of all this, Sandy and The Boss are married
and have a child whom they name Hello-Central. While he is planning to
revolutionize England, Hello-Central falls ill. The Boss revives her back
to health with the help of a family physician who recommends that they
take the child to a seaside resort for a change of air. Away from home,
The Boss misses his work and life in Camelot.
The Boss has gained power and confidence after his many adventures in and around Camelot. As a result, he pursues his projects more openly. He employs the knights usefully in executing different tasks. He introduces electrical and steam gadgets. He initiates the introduction of railway lines and train services. He releases several newspapers and gets books published. Hence, he succeeds in educating young people and enlightening the lives of others with technological inventions. However, he is not entirely satisfied with the progress. He plans to further revolutionize England with democracy and universal suffrage, and obliterate the power of the Catholic Church. In the process, the Orthodox Church begins to feel threatened.
Twain further comments on his standards for literature and publishing in some of The Boss’s narrative. The Boss mentions the publication of various books, one of which is a book of jokes by Sir Dinaden. Since the jokes contained in the book were stale and indecent, The Boss confesses that he “suppressed the book and hanged the author.” Through this remark, Twain displays his intolerance for bad art and The Boss displays his autocratic tendencies. It is ironic that he talks about democracy but acts like a dictator.
The chapter also reveals the personal life of the Boss. In the period of three
years, Morgan has married Sandy and fathered her child named Hello-Central.
When Hello-Central becomes sick, The Boss takes time off from his developmental
activities and attends to her like a doting father. This crisis initiates
the final one in the novel.
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