Mark Twain’s “Corn-Pone Opinions”: An Editorial History and an. Edition of the Restored Text. I suppose that in more cases than we should like to admit, we have. In his text Corn-Pone Opinions, Mark Twain’s main purpose is to convince the reader that it is human nature to conform to what is popular in. “Corn-pone Opinions” was found in Mark Twain’s papers after his death. “You tell me whar a man gits his corn-pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.”.

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I have deeply studied that question, too — and didn’t arrive.

She had slipped in upon me while I was absorbed and not watching. Public opinion resented it before, public opinion accepts it now, and is happy in it. We get our notions and habits and opinions from outside influences; we do not have to study them out. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.

A nobody introduced the bloomer, and we know the result. The historical novel starts up suddenly, and sweeps the land. What is its seat? Our prose standard, three quarters of a century ago, was ornate and diffuse; some authority or other changed it in the direction of compactness and simplicity, and conformity followed, without argument. The outside influences are always pouring in upon us, and we are always obeying their orders mak accepting their verdicts.


The Smiths like the new play; the Joneses go to see it, and they copy the Smith verdict. The Smiths like the new play; the Joneses go to see it, and they copy the Smith verdict.

Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. Was the resentment reasoned out? DZMM added it Oct 14, And out of it we get an aggregation vorn-pone we consider a Boon.

Jillian Walton rated it it was amazing Dec 27, It will come again, by and by and in due course will go again. We know it is a matter of association and sympathy, not reasoning and examination; that hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics, or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Nov 20, Dan twian it it was amazing.

We all have to bow to that; there are no exceptions. Our table manners, and company manners, and street manners change from time to time, but the changes are not reasoned out; we merely notice and conform. This site uses cookies. We may continue to admire them, but we drop the use of them. You are commenting using your Twitter account. For these gauds many a man will dump his lifelong principles into the street, and his conscience along with them.

Corn Pone Opinions

Open Preview See a Problem? We have seen it happen. Men think they think upon great political questions, and they do; but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side; they arrive at convictions, but they are drawn from a partial view of the matter in hand and are of no particular value. markk

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If Eve should come again, in her ripe renown, and reintroduce her quaint styles — well, we know what would happen. Not upon my memory, but elsewhere.

April 7, – Posted by bmohara Uncategorized. But it served its purpose; it kept his master from coming out to see how the work was getting along.

Mohammedans are Mohammedans because they are born oplnions reared among that sect, not because they have thought it out and can furnish sound reasons for being Mohammedans; we know why Catholics are Catholics; why Presbyterians are Presbyterians; why Baptists are Baptists; why Mormons are Mormons; why thieves are thieves; why monarchists are monarchists; why Republicans are Republicans and Democrats, Democrats.

One of his texts was this:. Want to Msrk Currently Reading Read. It was deeply impressed upon me.

Mark Twain: Corn-pone Opinions

Comment by dominick April 7, Reply. Notify me of new comments via email. Brittney rated it really liked it Feb 17, Refresh and try again. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions.

Does this mean study and examination, or only feeling? He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”, and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”.