"The Californian's Tale" by Mark Twain is a short story about a man, Henry, waiting for his wife to come home. What the narrator and reader do not know until the end of the story is that Henry's wife has been dead for 19 years.
The narrator of the story is a stranger to a town where he meets Henry who talks incessantly about his wife. The narrator goes to a party at Henry's house with other friends to welcome Henry's wife home. Right before she is due back, Henry is drugged by his friends and falls asleep. Later the friends tell the narrator that Henry's wife disappeared 19 years ago on the way back from visiting her mother. She was kidnapped by Native Americans and never heard from again. As a result, Henry went mad. He lives each year waiting for his wife to come home. It is only during the week of her disappearance that he gets truly anxious. This is where the friends come in. They check up on Henry, talk to him about his wife, let Henry read them an old letter and finally throw a party. At the exact moment that his wife should arrive home, they drug Henry so that he can sleep peacefully through the night.Learn More
"The Pardoner's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" tells a moral tale against the sins of gluttony, blaspheming, drinking and gambling in which three young men die because of their greed. The Pardoner's overriding theme is that greed is the root of all evil.Full Answer >
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, in the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, Huck wants to save the black slave Jim Turner because, despite the ubiquitous racial prejudices of the era, Huck has come to love and respect Jim. During the course of his adventures with Jim, Huck's good nature moves him to regard Jim as a friend.Full Answer >
"The Pardoner's Tale" is an exemplum in that it reveals what greed is capable of doing, even to close friends; the danger of the love of money; and the deceptiveness of death. The Pardoner who tells the tale is himself guilty of much of what he relates in the story, preaching more for money than for instruction and known to indulge in too much alcohol.Full Answer >
"Revenger's Tragedy" is the story of a man whose wife is murdered on their wedding day and the ensuing years of his planning revenge on the man who killed her. Originally a book, the story was made into a movie in 2002.Full Answer >