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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Chapter 33

By Mark Twain

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Chapter 33

Sixth Century Political Economy

  • The party continues and the Yankee soon has Dowley in a good mood again. (As a member of a caste society, Dowley is fine as long as he understands who, exactly, is allowed to slap the taste out of his mouth.)
  • Dowley and the Yankee discuss economic matters, and the Yankee explains the notions of inflation and purchasing power to him. Dowley repsonds with a confused dog look, and the Yankee eventually gives up.
  • The Yankee changes tactics and talks about higher wages in the future. The party guests are amazed at such wealth, and the Yankee explains that collective bargaining achieves it.
  • The Yankee further explains that criminal punishments such as the stocks are unfair, but his words scare them a tad too much, since they may be punished in just such a manner if they speak out against this system.

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