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The General and the Maid

Forrest G. Robinson

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227877
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240968 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227877.003.0002
The General and the Maid

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Fiction can show how one thinks through an issue or problem, and it can show what seems in life to be the vital necessity of incomplete, inconsistent, nonsystematic thinking. The answers that attracted Clemens with this kind of thinking cannot be found in any overtly autobiographical books but in Tom Sawyer, where he drew copiously on personal experience but under the liberate premise of fiction. In the book, Huck and Tom witnessed Injun Joe stabbing Dr. Robinson and convincing Muff Potter that he is the murderer. For Tom, fear gives way to guilt over his failure to speak on Potter's behalf. Clemens's emotions are reflected in more than a dozen chapters in which he labors to conceal the saving truth for himself and others.

Keywords: truth; thinking; fiction; emotions; Tom Sawyer; Clemens; guilt

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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