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The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

1. 01 - The $30,000 Bequest, Chapter I
2. 02 - The $30,000 Bequest Chapter II
3. 03 - The $30,000 Bequest - Chapter III
4. 04 - The $30,000 Bequest - Chapter IV
5. 05 - The $30,000 Bequest - Chapter V
6. 06 - The $30,000 Bequest, Chapter VI
7. 07 - The $30,000 Bequest, Chapter VII
8. 08 - The $30,000 Bequest, Chapter VIII
9. 09 - A Dog's Tale - Chapter 1
10. 10 - A Dog's Tale - Chapter II
11. 11 - A Dog's Tale - Chapter III
12. 12 - Was It Heaven? Or Hell? Chapter I & Chapter II
13. 13 - Was It Heaven? Or Hell? - Chapter III
14. 14 - Was It Heaven? Or Hell? Chapter IV
15. 15 - Was It Heaven? Or Hell? - Chapter IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X
16. 16 - A Cure for the Blues
17. 17 - The Curious Book part 1
18. 18 - The Curious Book part 2
19. 19 - The Californian's Tale
20. 20 - A Helpless Situation
21. 21 - A Telephonic Conversation
22. 22 - Edward Mills and George B
23. 23 - The Five Boons of Life
24. 24 - The First Writing-Machines
25. 25 - Italian Without a Master
26. 26 - Italian With Grammar
27. 27 - A Burlesque Biography
28. 28 - How To Tell A Story
29. 29 - General Washington's Negro Body-Servant
30. 30 - Wit Inspirations of the "Two Year-olds"
31. 31 - An Entertaining Article
32. 32 - A Letter To The Secretary of the Treasury & And Amended Obituaries
33. 33 - A Monument to Adam & Amended Obituaries
34. 34 - Introduction to The
35. 35 - Advice to Little Girls & Post-Mortem Poetry (written in 1870)
36. 36 - The Danger of Lying in Bed
37. 37 - Portrait of King William III
38. 38 - Does the Race of Man Love a Lord?
39. 39 - Extracts From Adam's Diary
40. 40 - Eve's Diary
41. 41 - Extract From Adam's Diary

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Summary

A collection of comical short stories by renowned American humorist and author Mark Twain, the compilation features 30 stories published in 1906. Presenting a colorful array of tales, the short stories cover various periods of Twain’s writing career, while also allowing him to revise and perfect each story. Exploring various topics including abusive hierarchical power, human recklessness, and backfiring expectations, the collection offers a sweet treat to satisfy every taste. The anthology begins with the story “The $30,000 Bequest” which introduces the married couple Electra and Saladin who live a modest yet comfortable life with their two daughters. Both husband and wife are known to be thrifty with their finances and are regarded by others as good people. However, their lives take an unexpected shift after the couple receives a note from a supposed distant relative informing them of his plans to leave them an inheritance of $30,000 after his death. He additionally adds in the note that they must not tell anyone about the money, its origin, or inquire about his death, for they will find out all necessary information in due course. Thrilled by such news, the couple begins to live in their own world governed by fantasy and choose to leave their mediocre lives behind them as they await their promised wealth. Nevertheless, it appears that they have bitten off more than they can chew, as their lives take a humorous turn, as Twain comically depicts their foolishness and credulousness. A successful satire and subtle critique on human nature and behavior, the short stories are genuinely evocative and full of emotion as they depict everyday characters and situations. Apart from serving as a form of entertainment and inducing a good laugh, The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories exhibit tales which also provide allegorical depth, encouraging the audience to read between the lines.

Reviews

John

- English+History

Good attempt but I didn't like it .It is so bad .try properly to write a good story.

Jon

An incredible collection of stories that show just how much variety and flexibility their was in Twain's brain. John Greenman's narration is a perfect fit. Excellent!