Study Guide

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Chapter 10

By Mark Twain

Chapter 10

Beginnings of a Civilization

  • King Arthur suggests that Hank the Yank set out on a quest or adventure to gain renown like Sir Sagramor.
  • The Yankee decides that that's a really bad idea, saying that the system he's implementing will take several years to put into place.
  • The Yankee sets up schools, nurseries, and Sunday schools—allowing folks to believe in whatever branch of Christianity they want, and drawing a firm distinction between church and state.
  • Four years pass, and the Yankee's plans soon bring civilization to England, including factories, schools, and secret military and engineering academies.
  • The Catholic Church disapproves of his efforts and he thinks it best not to antagonize them more than necessary.

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