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David Hoopes <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 25 Mar 2004 18:22:09 -0500
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Dear Friends:

I have been biting my tongue for a couple of weeks now reading the
discussion of Twain's use of "nigger." It is a significant issue, I think
most would agree, but it did seem to
go on a bit.  I wonder if it wouldn't be refreshing to end the discussion by
looking at the matter from a radically different, though I hope both
edifying and amusing, perspective.

It comes in a chapter from a novel I am writing.  In the chapter Sam, to
whom Huck plays alter ego, challenges Huck, as author of the "Adventures,"
on his excessive use of "nigger,"  triggering in Huck a typical Huck Finnian

Please drop me (do we need a new idiom here?) an email if you would like to
see the chapter -- at


david hoopes

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