CHAPTER · THIRTEEN

To understand Twain one must keep in mind Tom Sawyer, who aspired to be a clown all spotted up and making "'most a dollar a day," one must recall the means Tom Sawyer took to dramatize himself, to make himself the central figure of the show, to get treasure, to be a pirate or a robber and get more treasure, and have large and riotous freedom. As the bud of a flower contains all the colors and the essences which are finally expanded in the petals, so everything in Twain was in his first days in Hannibal. For that matter, it is so with all of us. Our business is not to be deceived by Twain's turning from Blaine to Cleveland in 1884, by his championship of Mrs. Morris, nor even by his defense of Joan of Arc, certainly not by his vindication of Harriet Shelley. We need not grow enthusiastic over Twain's words concerning the United States: "When the United States sent word to Spain that the Cuban atrocities must end, she occupied the highest moral position ever taken by a nation since the Almighty

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