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Welcome aboard! Today, in our third session, we’ll work with humor in literature.


Last week, we devoted to horror
and read an Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story.
We also learned about:
  • I r o n y ,
  • M o o d,
  • and, character development.

What do you know?

The great Mark Twain is best known for his boy characters, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.
He was a writer and a humorist. His novels and short stories reflect a love of fun, a commitment to justice, and the wonders of simple country life.
Many of his “epigrams” or quotes and non-fiction pieces are also true literary jewels.


– Epigrams by Mark Twain –
  • Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
  • Put all your eggs in one basket, and – watch the basket.
  • Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.


Before You Read

The young man in the story faces a very embarrassing situation :


The setting of this story is a small town in Missouri in the 1890’s.
The main mode of transportation for people those days was a horse buggy. The typical buggy had room for two people and was not closed.
For protection against the cool weather and road dust, a lap robe, (a piece of cloth) was part of the standard equipment of the buggy.
“A Story Without an End” presents a humorously complicated situation.
To understand the problem in the story it helps to visualize where the characters are and what they plan to do.

Are you ready to catch the Twain? Enter the virtual library, then…

Follow this LINK and the next one at the end of the story.





This story has an end! And here we finish today’s class.

I hope you enjoyed the lesson and extend your search for other sample of humor literature on the web.

Have you visited our big Virtual Library at /read.html?

There is a place to find many types of literary pieces.

Write if you want to comment on anything!

Regards for all,

Your electronic teacher