<Author>Clemens, Samuel Langhorne; Mark Twain</Author>
<Title>The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson</Title>
<Edition>[Prose Works. Selections.] Library of America. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1985</Edition>
<p> <i>A Whisper to the Reader</i>
<p>There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it
can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless.
Observe the ass, for instance; his character is about perfect, he
is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see
what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling
complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.
<l> -- <i>Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar.</i> </l>
<p>A person who is ignorant of legal matters is always
liable to make mistakes when he tries to photograph a court scene
with his pen; and so I was not willing to let the law chapters in
this book go to press without first su . . .