I came across a personal letter written by Mark Twain in the early 's. Naturally, the sight of this letter stopped me dead in my tracks.
There are, however, really two stories woven together. The first is the corruption of Hadleyburg. However, the narrator, presumably Twain, makes it clear that appearances are all that the town really cares about. He leaves a sack supposedly containing forty thousand dollars in gold with Mary and Edward Richards, asking them to find an unknown benefactor.
This person had given the gambler twenty dollars and advice. Whoever correctly repeats that advice can claim the money. Goodson is dead, however, so the money could be claimed by anyone who could figure out the remark made to the gambler.
Soon, each receives a letter from a Howard L. There is no gold, only painted lead, and no pauper gambler, no twenty dollars, no advice. The stranger also gives them money, as an apology. The second story focuses on the effect of the joke on Mary and Edward Richards. Instead, he soothed his conscience by only telling Burgess when to leave town.
In spite of that admission, the Richardses are the sympathetic focus of the story. Edward does try to confess during the reading of the names at the test, but he is misunderstood as asking for charity for others, cheered, and forced to sit down.
The last section of the story shows what can happen to good, but weak, people. They become ill and delirious, and their participation in claiming the sack is soon known.Read the full-text online edition of The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, and Other Essays and Stories ().
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In the story, “The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg “, Barclay Goodson plays a big part of the theme of Mark Twain story. Barclay Goodson, was a good and virtuous person in the town.
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THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG by Twain, Mark Book condition: Good with no dust jacket Book Description Harper and Brothers. Good with no dust jacket. c The plot of The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg is not intricate, but it is in other levels of the development of the story that Twain achieves the complexity that .