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I think your point is well taken:::Twain definitely delighteed in pointing out that people value most those who think like themselves:::but I am after the specific quote along the lines of the idea an intelligent person is an individual who is in agreement with your own thinking. AAB

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From: Rod Rawlings <[log in to unmask]>
To: TWAIN-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Jan 23, 2017 3:38 pm
Subject: Re: a question regarding intelligence

I don't know of a Twain quote that goes straight to the point of "smart
people think as I do," but one book is sprinkled with examples of people
giving new respect to the person who says what they want to hear.

Shortly after the court scene in Joan of Arc, she tells the Dauphin that he
is the rightful heir to the throne of France. He wanted to believe her, and
did, which gave Joan high standing in his eyes, and gave him the fortitude
to put his military under her command.

In Chapter IV, a madman startled and threatened a group of village
children. All had acted fearfully and cowardly except young Joan, who had
been courageous. The children were lamenting their comparative shortcomings
until one of them, the village braggart, Paladin, began boasting about what
he could have done, what he would have done if he'd wanted, and surely what
brave things he would do the next time. As he talked, the others put in a
word from time to time about the marvels they could do as well, and by the
end of it, all had a finer opinion of themselves than ever before.

Throughout the book, Joan's voice says the French they could be rid of
their English oppressors. Without her voice and the willingness of
shepherd, wheelwright, soldier and king to believe what she said, it could
not have happened.

Rod Rawlings
(941) 713-4446 Direct
On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 3:31 PM, JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <[log in to unmask]>

> Nope, not in that book
> Jules
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> What about the courtroom scene in Colonel Sellers?  I don't recall if that
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> > Allen Brafman