This classic tale
and superb short story by Mark Twain is a funny yet blistering indictment of political
stranger is treated badly by the town of Hadleyburg—the town that proclaims
itself “the most honest and upright town in the region.” Through an ingenious
sting operation, the stranger sets out to expose Hadleyburg’s leading citizens
and reveal their greedy, deceitful natures.
Twain here reveals another example of his burning wit
and insight into political posturing and civic cowardice, subjects that never seem outdated.
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