The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories Author Mark Twain – Tbjewellers.co.uk Bringing together tales and sketches, The , Bequest provides a rare long view of Twain s work, covering virtually his entire career, from Advice to Young Girls a spoof that appeared in , just months Bringing togethertales and sketches, The , Bequest provides Bequest and PDF ✓ a rare long view of Twain s work, covering virtually his entire career, from Advice to Young Girls a spoof that appeared in , just months before he achieved national acclaim for his Jumping Frog tale , to the title story, written inWhether he is probing the dynamics of a marriage in The , Bequest, or tapping into the nature of hierarchies of abusive power in A Dog s Tale, Twain s deft craftsmanship brings energy and life to his prose The preposterous his claim, the diligent his proof The $30,000 PDF or as in The Danger of Lying in Bed, in which Twain argues complete with statistics that lying in bed where most deaths occur is dangerous than traveling The pieces collected here alternately playful, poignant, and powerful are all shaped by Twain s rich and unpredictable imagination This book, the last miscellany published in his lifetime, captures the many facets of Mark Twain s workStories included The , Bequest A Dog s Tale Was It Heaven Or Hell A Cure for the Blues The Enemy Conquered or, Love Triumphant The Californian s Tale A Helpless Situation A Telephonic Conversation $30,000 Bequest and MOBI í Edward Mills and George Benton A Tale The Five Boons of Life The First Writing Machines Italian Without a Master Italian With Grammar A Burlesque Biography How To Tell A Story General Washington s Negro Body Servant Wit Inspirations of the Two Year Olds An Entertaining Article A Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Amended Obituaries A Monument to Adam A Humane Word from Satan Introduction to The New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English Advice to Little Girls Post Mortem Poetry The Danger of Lying in Bed Portrait of King William III Does the Race of Man Love a Lord Extracts from Adam s Diary Eve s Diary.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen Bequest and PDF ✓ name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi The $30,000 PDF or River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his callingHe achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royaltyHowever, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal $30,000 Bequest and MOBI í of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibilityBorn during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature Excerpted from WikipediaAKA Greek.

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  • Hardcover
  • 523 pages
  • The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
  • Mark Twain
  • English
  • 07 August 2017
  • 0195101464

10 thoughts on “The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

  1. says:

    Money had brought him misery, and he took his revenge upon us, who had done him no harm He had his desire with base and cunning calculation he left us but thirty thousand, knowing we would try to increase it, and ruin our life and break our heartsThe 30,000 Bequest, which was written in late 1904, has a similar title to the better known The 1,000,000 Note but it is infinitely bleaker in tone and spirit A young couple, Electra and Saladin Foster, learn of a distant relative, an elMoney had brought him misery, and he took his revenge upon us, who had done him no harm He had his desire with base and cunning calculation he left us but thirty thousand, knowing we would try to increase it, and ruin our life and break our heartsThe 30,000 Bequest, which was written in late 1904, has a similar title to the better known The 1,000,000 Note but it is infinitely bleaker in tone and spirit A young couple, Electra and Saladin Foster, learn of a distant relative, an elderly uncle or cousin of umpteenth degree, who writes to tell them that he is going to leave them 30,000 provided they will not get in touch with him nor make any inquiries about him and his state of health nor attend his funeral when the time has come He does this, as he writes, not in order to make them happy but rather the reverse Seeing that money has ever been the root of unrest and trouble to him, he hopes that it will prove the same with regard to his next of kin.The Fosters are very happy about this news, because even though they are not exactly poor, they have to look sharp in order to make ends meet, and they clearly do not see at all how the impeding inheritance should ever make them unhappy Electra, the wife is especially good at spotting and taking opportunities to increase their modest stock And now, in default of the real 30,000 , she and her husband start playing the stock market with imaginary 30,000 and find that Electra is quite a dab hand at doing so In addition to that, Electra has nerves of steel, which enables her to play a very risky game and still profit from it so that, in the end, the couple find themselves multimillionaires Of course, only in imaginary money Nevertheless, their heads are turned as though they had really come into the bequest already and invested it thus felicitously, and they start turning up their noses at prospective suitors to their two daughters, on the grounds that the candidates will simply not do for a family of such wealth and influence Even a governor s son must be sneered at by the Foster, who are so good at fostering dreams They also fall into different ways of spending their money Whereas Saladin likes to spend it on things that satisfy his various passions gambling the most alarming of them , his wife aspires towards higher and nobler things, like building hospitals, founding universities and engaging in other philanthropic works They even fall out with each other over these pastimes although, let s not forget it, they never actually take place but only happen in their joint imagination, joint, that is, by those 30,000 which are due to come one day.Well, you might imagine how it is all going to end, perhaps The 30,000 Bequest can be read as a story about people who dream away their life instead of living it, but it is definitely also a cautionary tale about how easily people can be warped by money Electra s penchant for saving, and her warning to her husband not to touch the sum at all but increase it and live on the proceeds of the money, reminded me of Trina in Josef von Sternberg s grand movie Greed and also the creeping descent of the couple into unwholesome habits goes into the same direction One may also ask why, if people can be made so happy by the amassing of imaginary money and feel so devastated by the loss of it, they should still bother to run after the real thing, but, coming to think of it, that s a stupid question or is it Despite the intriguing story Mark Twain tells in The 30,000 Bequest, it is not too intriguingly written, has comparatively little humour but still lots and lots of words The idea, in short, is good, but the execution is not too much so

  2. says:

    Probably the best collection Twain published in his lifetime Includes Dog s Tale and Adam Eve Probably the best collection Twain published in his lifetime Includes Dog s Tale and Adam Eve

  3. says:

    I m apparently not much of a fan of Mark Twain I get bored by his witticisms and ramblings Not always, but in this collection of stories well, not my cup of tea.

  4. says:

    Wonderful collection of storiesI am just recently getting into reading classic literature, and this was a wonderful way to be introduced to Mark Twain His stories really make you think, and I look forward to reading his novels after this.

  5. says:

    A great short story about imaginary millionaires

  6. says:

    The final collection published in Twain s lifetime, and spanning almost forty years worth of his work, this is a disparate, sometimes great, sometimes genuinely dismal jumble of the near best and dirt worst of his output.Much of it is amusing enough, but feels inconsequential The two entries on the Italian language Without a Master and With Grammar , A Telephonic Conversation , How To Tell A Story even with what would, by today s terms, seem eye wateringly racist , Amended The final collection published in Twain s lifetime, and spanning almost forty years worth of his work, this is a disparate, sometimes great, sometimes genuinely dismal jumble of the near best and dirt worst of his output.Much of it is amusing enough, but feels inconsequential The two entries on the Italian language Without a Master and With Grammar , A Telephonic Conversation , How To Tell A Story even with what would, by today s terms, seem eye wateringly racist , Amended Obituaries , The Danger of Lying in Bed and his sarcastic Advice to Little Girls are interesting pieces that raise a smile or two The Californian s Tale is good, but sad General Washington s Negro Body servant is worth a read, as is A Monument to Adam and A Humane Word From Satan.Some of it simply filler, fit mostly for Twain completists to say they ve read it A Helpless Situation , The Five Boons of Life , The First Writing machines , Wit Inspiration of the Two Year Olds , A Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury , Post mortem Poetry and Portrait of King William III are simply things I read or listened to I went through this collection via my Kindle and, when dog walking, Librivox and forgot almost immediately.Some of it is, quite honestly, unremittingly awful The Portuguese bit falls very flat A Cure for the Blues raises the odd smile being a caustic review, with hefty use of long passages, of a terrible book by one G Ragsdale McClintock but, when paired with the next story, an interminable, mirthless romantic melodrama by G Ragsdale McClintock, it becomes almost a literary and literal insult I once read an interview with Bret Easton Ellis where he questioned the sanity of anyone who actually read those deliberately off putting passages in American Psycho about Patrick Bateman s personal grooming I d happily chose a thousand of them over a re read of the supposed McClintock s book It takes a lot for me to consider abandoning a book, but Ragsdale s almost spiked this entire collection for me.Still, there are some excellent pieces here The title story is classic Twain An embittered old man leaves a distant relative a life changing sum of money, only to be collected under the strictest of terms It s a funny, bitterly dark satire of marriage, probity and correct behaviour , with a killer ending As one of those mawkish animal lovers who was fine with the Will Smith screen version of I Am Legend until the dog dies, A Dog s Tale stood out for me, too It s by turns sentimental, beautiful, manipulative, shocking and sad and once featured in an anti vivisectionist pamphlet You ve been warned, dog people Was it Heaven Or Hell is an intriguing tale about the morality of telling lies to protect people and Edwin Mills and Benton A Tale is a sharply crafted dig at the hypocrisy of a society that will bend over backwards to help losers and criminals and abandon honest, decent men without a second thought It s overblown, but effective A Burlesque Biography is great, playful fun, in which Twain rattles off all the supposed historical ineptitude and criminality blighting his family tree An Entertaining Article is just that A grim, poker faced review of Twain s travelogue Innocents Abroad that purports to take every single one of it s jokes seriously, it s hugely fun to read and is a fine example of Twain playing with his readership Does the Race of Man Love a Lord is fun and insightful and surprisingly relevant in an age of Instagram influencers and politicians electedfor their fame than their ability and with his extracts from Adam And Eve s diaries, Twain ends the collection on a high note with real comedy, and wisdom, falling off the page in his subtle digs at gender politics and religion Their differing views of the same events are skillfully crafted and work extremely well I ve gone over this in previous reviews but, just for the sake of clarity negatively judging anything from the 19th century on the basis on early 21st century morals is simply stupid, crass point missing

  7. says:

    I love Mark Twain but this book is very different than his usual style The good stories are of excellent quality but they are few and far between Most of the book is random ramblings and nonsense I would still recommend that people read this book as the few good stories are really a treat and will make you think a lot about life in general.

  8. says:

    This confirmed to me that I do not enjoy reading Mark Twain I find him above all patronising and smarmy , so full of self importance A lot of these stories don t seem to be stories at best, social commentary Of those which are stories many do not appear to have a point.

  9. says:

    Him humor is truly something fresh and different to what I m used to Enjoyed almost every page.

  10. says:

    It seems Mr Twain s and my respective senses of humor are a rather poor match Some stories within this collection were acceptable, such as Advice for Little Girls and the diaries of Adam and Eve.

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