My Affair With A Dead Man

“…but by-and-by she let out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so, then I didn’t care no more about him; because I don’t take no stock in dead people.” – Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

No, this isn’t about my husband. Even if he does seem dead at times, when you try to take the t.v. remote away he perks right back up. If I honestly believe my beloved husband to be dead, and the first thing that occurs to me is grabbing the remote – well, is that wrong? Does that seem callous of me?

If so, I’m sorry, but I haven’t been allowed to watch anything I want to watch on t.v. for five years. So, judge me if you want, but I’m going to grab the remote and call 911 – in that order.

No, the dead man I love is Mark Twain. He speaks very well for himself in spite of being deceased since 1908.

Some Quotes:

“There has been only one Christian. They caught him and crucified him – early.” – Notebook, 1898

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain, biography

My favorite of Twain’s Writings:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I have a hard time just linking to this without commenting on the stupidity that has surrounded this book. I hate to preach, but here I go:

It is not racist. Twain paints for us a picture of life during the time of slavery. So, yes, he uses the “n” word in order to honestly depict America at that time. We could change that word or blot it out. But, the word he used was commonly used back then. We could also substitute “freedom-challenged” for the word “slave”. But, slavery is what we had. By the time we are done making Twain’s work “politically correct”, we’ll have a book about a cute little bear cub who finds a home, and it certainly won’t resemble the original work. There is not one savory thing about Twain’s subject matter, so we’ll have to change it all if we change a single word of it. Or, we could just leave Huckleberry Finn as it stands. Yes, I think that’s a good idea. Too much work the other way.

I am stepping down from my soap box now. Oops, I tripped.

Letters From the Earth – We get to view Christianity through the eyes of Satan.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Good clean fun. I tried to read it to my daughter, but she didn’t really understand the dialect.

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court – I read this more times than I want to admit. It made me laugh. A lot.

The links here are links to the works themselves. I love the internet! And, if you are craving more of Twain’s quotes, go here.

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