Tuesday, May 3, 2011

To Be Seen of Men

"The thing for us to do is just to do our DUTY and not worry about whether anybody SEES us do it or not. Hain't you got no principle at all?" So said Tom Sawyer to Huck Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

So when will we quit worrying about whether or not anybody SEES us doing our DUTY and simply get on with doing it? No time soon, I warrant.

I have just finished reading this tale for the however-manyeth time. Like the Bible, one sees something new in it with every reading. Not that I am equating Twain with scripture, you understand; but it is not the same story it was when I first read it as a boy. Nor is it the same as it was any of the other times I read it.


Lin said...

I like your new look, pally! It's very snappy with those peppers!! :)

Secondary Roads said...

Tom nicely defined integrity, even though that word was probably not in his vocabulary.

Vee said...

I like many of Twain's writings. He was a master at his craft.

vanilla said...

Lin, and here I wondered if it was too hot!

Chuck, vocabulary or not, it is the definition of integrity.

Vee, master craftsman he was. Hemingway went so far as to say, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn..."