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Mark Twain’s “Corn-Pone Opinions”: An Editorial History and an. Edition of the Restored Text. I suppose that in more cases than we should like to admit, we have. In his text Corn-Pone Opinions, Mark Twain’s main purpose is to convince the reader that it is human nature to conform to what is popular in. “Corn-pone Opinions” was found in Mark Twain’s papers after his death. “You tell me whar a man gits his corn-pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.”.

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We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. Mohammedans are Mohammedans because they are born and reared among that sect, not because they have thought it out and can furnish sound reasons for being Mohammedans; we know why Catholics are Catholics; why Presbyterians are Presbyterians; why Baptists are Baptists; why Mormons are Mormons; why thieves are thieves; why monarchists are monarchists; why Republicans are Republicans and Democrats, Democrats.

We are creatures of outside influences; as a rule we do not think, we only imitate. He interrupted his preaching, now and then, xorn-pone saw a stick of wood; but the sawing was a pretense -he did it with his mouth; exactly imitating the sound the bucksaw makes in shrieking its way through the wood.

We notice this in literature. Shakespeare is a standard, and fifty years ago we used to write tragedies which we couldn’t tell from — from somebody else’s; but we don’t do it any more, now. Jessica rated it it was amazing Nov 22, After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion.


Olivia rated it really liked it Sep 10, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Best of Mark Twain. I suppose that in more cases than we should like to admit, we have two sets of opinions: Krisandra Johnson added it Dec 17, We are conforming in the other way, now, because it is another case of opijions.

Corn Pone Opinions by Mark Twain

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sgossard rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. The result is conformity.

Its name is Public Opinion. He must get his cofn-pone from other people; he must reason out none for himself; he must have no first-hand views.

Corn Pone Opinions

Everybody writes one, and the nation is glad. Morals, religions, politics, get their following from surrounding influences and atmospheres, almost entirely; not from study, not from thinking. Even the woman who refuses from first to last to wear the hoop skirt comes under that law and is its slave; she could not wear the skirt and have her own approval; and that she must have, she cannot help herself.

For these gauds many a man will dump his life-long principles into the street, and his conscience along with them. The historical novel starts opiniojs suddenly, and sweeps the land. Everybody writes one, and the nation is glad. However, he lacked financial acumen.


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Was the maro reasoned out? I think Jerry was right, in the main, but I think he did not go far enough. We all kark no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention.

It may be that such an opinion has been born somewhere, at some time or other, but I suppose it got away before they could catch it and stuff it and put it in the museum.

To ask other readers questions about Corn Pone Opinionsplease sign up. It was deeply impressed upon me.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Katie Tran added it Feb 19, We know it is a matter of association and sympathy, not reasoning and examination; that hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics, or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. No trivia or quizzes yet. To find out more, including how xorn-pone control cookies, see here: Not upon my memory, but elsewhere.

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