The 1,000,000 Pound Bank-Note
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So who is Harry Adams? Well, he is the hero ...more
Henry Adams, a young man working a clerking job in San Francisco, is lost at sea, picked up by another ship and taken to London. When he arrives he is ragged and penniless. It just so happens that a couple of rich brothers have bought up a one-of-a-kind bank note for a million pounds. They make a bet about whether, if they ...more
Henry Adams has just got off the boat and wonders how he is going to make ends meet in this most expensive city. But while he is foraging for food in the dustbin, his life ...more
Written in Florence in 1893, The £ 1,000,000 Bank-Note may well be said to rank among Mark Twains best-known works, but Id say it is hardly one of its best works. Not anywhere near the mark.
The story of an honest, plucky American castaway who ends up in London, with not a penny in his pocket, and is made the subject of a bet by two eccentric millionaire brothers is really lame for mark Twains standards. Considering that he could have used the idea to point out how all the world, ...more
Henry Adams winds up in Victorian London completely broke and with his clothes in tatters. With nothing to his name, he is on the streets hoping to find a morsel of food when he is spotted by two wealthy and eccentric brothers. The brothers have in their possesion a rare one million pound bank note and decide to place a wager. They pick Henry and give him the note. One brother wages that Henry will be at loss at what to do with the note and find ...more
Then one day as he walked along Portland Place he followed a child and its nanny because the child had dropped a pear and he longed to pick it up and ...more
This story by Twain emphasizes this fact more than ever.
I was waiting for some ironical situation to emerge or some tragedy to befall the protagonist. But it never happened.
Twain could have gained some brownie points by providing some more twists and turns. The ending is a little drab for a reader who has been hooked for the entire story just to see how things would pan out in the end.
An ironical ...more
Read this story in my 11th grade Honors English class as a part of our short story unit. I thoroughly enjoy Twain's writing in this story, an opinion that I probably wouldn't have while reading Huck Finn. I did not expect the twist in the end, and I enjoyed seeing a bit of a sociological experiment done in such an early time period. Half a star taken off for the way Portia is portrayed in this story.
I honestly found it quite boring, but it wasnt terrible, and some of the ideas were quite fascinating.
(Nope, totally not making up excuses to finish my Goodreads challenge by 12! Hehe) ...more
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also ...more
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