Pudd'nhead Wilson Reading
PUDD'NHEAD WILSON BY MARK TWAIN
• any mention of
◦ Pudd'nhead Wilson
◦ Luigi and Angelo Capello
◦ Judge Driscoll
◦ Dawson's Landing
• "A home without a cat--and a well-fed, well-petted, and properly revered cat--
may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?"
• "To all intents and purposes Roxy was as white as anybody, but the one
sixteenth of her which was black outvoted the other fifteen parts and made
her a Negro. She was a slave, and salable as such."
• "perfectly sure that in taking this trifle from the man who daily robbed him of an
inestimable treasure--his liberty--he was not committing any sin that God
would remember against him in the Last Great Day."
• "They were sincere, for like a god he had stretched forth his mighty hand and
closed the gates of hell against them. He knew, himself, that he had done
a noble and gracious thing, and was privately well pleased with his
magnanimity; and that night he set the incident down in his diary, so that
his son might read it in after years, and be thereby moved to deeds of
gentleness and humanity himself."
• "Tom got all the petting, Chambers got none. Tom got all the delicacies,
Chambers got mush and milk, and clabber without sugar. In consequence
Tom was a sickly child and Chambers wasn't. Tom was "fractious," as
Roxy called it, and overbearing; Chambers was meek and docile."
• "She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood to the somber
depths of unmodified slavery, the abyss of separation between her and
her boy was complete. She was merely his chattel now, his convenience,
his dog, his cringing and helpless slave, the humble and unresisting victim
of his capricious temper and vicious nature."
• "That is just the way in this world; an enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes
a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it
• "Why were niggers and whites made? What crime did the uncreated first nigger
commit that the curse of birth was decreed for him? And why is thi