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Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 13:10:00 -0500
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Just for everyone's information, my email to which Sue evidently responded
to (see below), was intended as a footnote or concurrent statement to
Gary's--this is obvious, I think.

So--how about twinship in _Mysterious Stranger_?

On Thu, 5 Mar 1998, Sue Harris wrote:

> My message was not in regard to Gary Henrickson's comments.  He has a
> right
> to his opinions as well as anyone else.
> I would be very happy to read what "anyone" has to say about all of the
> subjects that you mentioned in your message.  They all sound like they
> could be intriguing.
> And just for everyone's information, I have had personal responses from
> others who feel as I do.  If my message eliminates this type of feeling
> from others and they decide that what they have to say is worth saying,
> then I am content that I did, indeed, send it to the forum because then
> those "others" may contribute.
> Thank you for listening.
> Sue J. Harris
> Secretary for Career Development and Fine Arts
> Elmira City School District
> "Live Life To the Fullest Everyday"
> On Thu, 5 Mar 1998, Mark Coburn wrote:
> > Regarding Sue Harris's last message, surely this forum does NOT at all
> > exist purely for academic exchange.  If that were the case, there would
> > not be so many postings like 'don't
> > miss what some tv show is doing on Twain tonight.'
> >
> > It would be a shame, I think, if anyone with an interest in Twain felt
> > unwelcome or belittled on this forum.
> >
> > But I am also VERY sympathetic with Gary Henrickson's comment that maybe
> > we've had enough for awhile on "nigger" in Adventures of Huckeberry
> > Finn.
> >
> > The recent Oxford Twain edition includes 29 volumes, and is far from
> > being complete....  So how about anti-Paiute bias in Roughing It and
> > Twain's letters from Nevada for a change?  Or anti-Catholicism in
> > Connecticut Yankee?  Or Twain's assaults on the jury system in God knows
> > how many works?  Or "The Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" as
> > a foreshadowing of Twain's late writings?  Or his handling of twinship
> > and switched identites?  Or cross-dressing in Huckleberry Finn?  Or the
> > hodgepodge of styles in A Tramp Abroad?  Or how much he did and didn't
> > recycle material from book to book?  Or the possible influence of
> > Pudd'nhead Wilson on Faulkner's Light in August?  Or the use of
> > Southwest humor in Joan of Arc?
> >
> > Yeah, Gary, we might possibly find something else to talk about.
> >
> > Yeah, Sue, it's your forum too.
> >
> > Regards to all,
> > Mark Coburn
> > [log in to unmask]
> >