The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson/Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain
" our illustrious guests be at once elected, by complimentary acclamation, to membership in our ever- glorious organization, the paradise of the free and the perdition of the slave."
(in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.
synonyms:damnation, eternal punishment;
A tale of a small town in pre-Civil War Missouri and its European-Americans who love their freedom but see no hypocrisy in treating African-Americans as property. It's full of Twain's light humor, but also has a dark cynism. Difficult to read at times but it's important to know the brutal truth.
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