Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Micro Mention "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

Mark Twain

"Words are only painted fire, a look is the fire itself. She gave that look, and carried it away to the treasury of heaven, where all things that are divine belong."

Mark Twain was better known for his plain, straightforward prose, liberally coated with his brand of humorous wit than flowery sentiments. But I feel the quote above from this novel shows how once-in-a-generation talented he truly was as a writer. "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is certainly a predominately humorous book, but the whole scene this passage belongs to shows that no human experience was beyond Twain's ability to put it to words. When he needed to, he could write in an elevated tone about events that are as deadly serious as they are heartbreaking.

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