By Mark Twain

"The Gilded Age: A story of this present day" is the collaborative paintings of Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirized the period of political greed and corruption that the yankee Civil warfare. this era is usually known as "The Gilded Age" due to this publication. The corruption and greed that was once standard of the period is exemplified via fictional narratives; one of many Hawkins kinfolk, a negative kinfolk from Tennessee who try and get the govt. to buy their 75,000 acres of unimproved land; and of Philip Sterling and Henry Brierly, younger upper-class males who search their fortune in land to boot.

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Si Higgins he’s ben over to Kaintuck n’ married a high-toned gal thar, outen the fust families, an’ he’s come back to the Forks with jist a hell’s-mint o’ whoop-jamboree notions, folks says. He’s tuck an’ fixed up the ole house like they does in Kaintuck, he say, an’ tha’s ben folks come cler from Turpentine for to see it. ” “I dono. Hit’s what he calls it. Ole Mam Higgins, she tole me. She say she warn’t gwyne to hang out in no sich a dern hole like a hog. Says it’s mud, or some sich kind o’ nastness that sticks on n’ kivers up everything.

Nudging the Hawkinses along is the flamboyant backwoods speculator and loudmouth opportunist “Colonel” Beriah Sellers, a friend of Si’s. Sellers’s get-rich schemes inevitably propel him to Washington, accompanied by Hawkins’s son and daughter, Washington and Laura. Laura Hawkins, brilliant and cursed with “the fatal gift of beauty” and unlucky in love, becomes a cynical player in Washington political society. Thus she leads the reader into a demimonde of crooked senators, money-grafting lobbyists, toadying journalists, sinister bosses, and lecherous committee chairmen.

Ah, well-a-day! ’ ” “You are a great, good, noble soul, Si Hawkins, and I am an honored woman to be the wife of such a man”—and the tears stood in her eyes when she said it. “We will go to Missouri. You are out of your place, here, among these groping dumb creatures. We will find a higher place, where you can walk with your own kind, and be understood when you speak—not stared at as if you were talking some foreign tongue. I would go anywhere, anywhere in the wide world with you. ” “Spoken like yourself, my child!

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