In Chapter 3, we are introduced to many of the "Knights of the Round Table." We must remember that when Hank Morgan carried his manuscript to the "frame narrator" that the frame narrator was reading from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur ; Twain himself was exceptionally fond of this old volume and used certain episodes from Malory's book. The dual perspective of Camelot and its royalty continues in Chapter 3 when Hank Morgan observes: "There was something very engaging about these great simplehearted creatures, something attractive and lovable. There did not seem to be brains enough in the entire nursery, so to speak, to bait a fishhook with." But these are the charming, innocent, and lofty people whom he loves, and yet he will be determined to destroy large numbers (25,000) of them later in order to have his own way — that is, in order to force civilization on them. Chapter 3 also introduces Merlin, who will function as the antagonist to Hank Morgan. They will be
This is the end of the preview. Sign up
access the rest of the document.