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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Chapter 32

By Mark Twain

Chapter 32

Dowley's Humiliation

  • The guests arrive for the party, and it soon turns into a very sociable equation.
  • The Yankee asks Dowley, a successful local blacksmith, to tell them about his history.
  • Dowley talks about a poor childhood and his apprenticeship at the hands of a blacksmith; he and his friends soon take to bragging about their success and wealth. Full marks to the Yankee for not giggling about it.
  • Oh wait—he's got a better way to humiliate the blacksmith. The Yankee asks for the bill for the party to be read—an enormous amount—then nonchalantly pays for it.

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