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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Chapter 28

By Mark Twain

Chapter 28

Drilling the King

  • As they continue on their way, the Yankee tries to instruct the king on acting like a peasant.
  • The Yankee asks the king to pretend he is speaking to a fellow peasant, which doesn't work when Arthur uses the term varlet.
  • The Yankee asks Arthur to pretend that he is tired and out of work, that his wife is sick and that his children have no food… just like all the normal peasants. Nothing takes—"it was only just words"—and the Yankee muses on how much harder manual labor is than intellectual work.