The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg

The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg A stranger is offended when passing through the town overly proud of an incorruptible reputation He vows revenge using letters that promise a fortune to trap the most sanctimonious residents

  • Title: The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9780146001864
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • A stranger is offended when passing through the town, overly proud of an incorruptible reputation He vows revenge using letters that promise a fortune to trap the most sanctimonious residents.

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    1. "I am hoping to eternally and everlastingly squelch your vanity."See why studying literature is so great? You get to read a number of beautiful, beautiful things, things that probably you would have anyway read by yourself or that you have wanted to read for ages. And that counts as studying. Like, you don't even have to feel guilty.As to The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, I particularly liked it. It provided a lot of potential starting points for an essay I should already be writing have to wri [...]

    2. "Go, and reform--or mark my words--some day, for your sins you will die and go to hell or Hadleyburg--TRY AND MAKE IT THE FORMER."For the love of God, Montresor!Sorry, wrong revenge story. OR IS IT?A stranger passing through the honest and incorruptible town of Hadleyburg falls victim to some offense, and instead of walling up every one of the town's inhabitants inside a crypt with all the amontillado, he sets out to destroy them by more elaborate means. Because nobody fucks with Montresor. NOBO [...]

    3. Twain did a fantastic job in describing the least favorable attributes of human emotions and actions such as greed, envy and vengeance. A Greek comedy at it`s best and a fine satire.

    4. Some books have a way of coming back. They are not of their time necessarily. But at their core is the human comedy which never grows stale or loses its relevance. Shakespeare's MacBeth is such a work. After all, the hunger for power and the willingness to murder in order to obtain it are universal in the human experience. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg retains its luster for very similar reasons.I've often believed there are two Mark Twains. I won't argue that one of them is Samuel Clemens. [...]

    5. A short, intriguing tale about the hypocrites among us. The premise was interesting, but the execution seemed a bit artificial. 3.5*

    6. Ugh.I consider a story good when I have a strong physical reaction to it, and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg tied my stomach up in knots. Mark Twain nailed human greed. He nailed it, and he hit upon some sort of larger unconscious truth that I can reach at but cannot grasp.Hadleyburg is a town noted for its incorruptible honesty and its exceeding morality. Twain informs us that the town of Hadleyburg once offended a traveler passing through but neglects to indulge any further detail. We only [...]

    7. A short story published here as a Penguin 60s Classic.This is a morality tale, about a town in which the people consider themselves better than their neighbouring town, and are proud of their incorruptible reputation. A stranger is offended in a way we do not learn, but is offended enough to set into play a scheme to ruin the town and their reputation.Cleverly written, with pace and structure to a simple enough story, but with a complexity around the multiple characters and their subsequent unma [...]

    8. I picked up this book as a starter to the works of Mark Twain, and well it turned out to be a worthy one. A very simple plot, didactic piece of short fiction and elegant writing. The prettiest of all things about writers of the 19th century is their impeccable placement of words and their appreciation for structured writing. It is as if without making any effort the right words just spewed out of their pens. They had the backing of a huge reading culture which massively declined with the surge o [...]

    9. I don't know how truly virtuous the people of Hadleyburg were in the first place (they reminded me of The Flanders Family on The Simpsons without the okeley dokeley's) but they soon succumbed to various vices and I enjoyed the moral of the story. Purity that has not been tested by temptation is not true purity at all but a false sense of piousness.

    10. مفهوم طمع در این داستان به زیبایی هرچه تمام‌تر به تصویر کشیده شده است و دست آدمهای مدعی را به زیرکی رو میکند. در واقع مارک تواین این سوال آشنا را که اغلب بیشتر ما در خلوت از خود پرسیده‌ایم بهانه قرار داده تا به لایه‌های عمیق ذهن آدمی رخنه کند. این سوال که «اگر یک کیسه پول پیدا ک [...]

    11. The book, "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," is one of the best Mark Twain books I have ever read. I have only read three of his books but this was the best. It involved drama, comedy, and mystery. Three of peoples favorite Genres in one book! In the book Twain has a character expose the truth of a town who claims to be humble, good hearted people. But this man does not have a good history with this town and vows to seek revenge. This man, unidentified gives the town a little game or riddle. H [...]

    12. Twain's short fiction piece is a searing indictment on perceptions of civil and personal morality in the Gilded Age United States. Twain is always Augustinian, and this work fits his pattern of open derision of the American self-righteousness.

    13. "The weakest of all weak things is a virtue that has not been tested in the fire. I laid a plan, and gathered a list of names."

    14. “The weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire.Hadleyburg is famed for its reputation for honesty even teaching its children about it. However, when Hadleyburg offends a passing stranger he resolves to revenge himself on the town, rather than any individuals, by exposing its artificial virtue. He leaves a sack supposedly containing forty thousand dollars in gold with Mary and Edward Richards, asking them to find an unknown benefactor. This person had given hi [...]

    15. Loved this comic yet profound story of a town that held itself to a virtue that it had not allowed itself to be tested against. When they are tested they're found sadly lacking. Wonderful humour and satire on the state of the 'holier-than-thou' mindset of some people and yet in the end Twain shows how one can be at one's best when not consciously thinking of putting the other man first for one's own gain. Yet this is a circular farce as the characters can never be satisfied and find the guilt of [...]

    16. Leí a Mark Twain muy joven y ya no recuerdo mucho, pero el hombre que escribió Tom Sawyer no es el mismo que encontramos aquí. La historia parece sacada de una película de los Hermanos Coen. Va de un pueblito supuestamente incorruptible que cae en la trampa un viajero vengativo. La codicia es su perdición y el eje central de la historia. Todo confluye en el ayuntamiento con los ciudadanos acusándose entre sí y regodeándose con la desgracia ajena. Espacio que el autor aprovecha para dejar [...]

    17. Como cualquier libro de relatos, algunos me gustaron más que otros. También se nota que se escribieron hace tiempo y, sobre todo, que se circunstriben a circunstancias conocidas en esa época, lo que hace que si no se es conocedor del momento (como es mi caso) en ciertos momentos resulten desconcertantes. Eso sí, hay momentos de humor y de crítica en los que se adivina al autor que llegaría a ser.Hala, ya está comentado el libro ¿estás contenta, sobrina?

    18. This beautifully packaged series of classic novellas includes the works of Anton Chekhov, Colette, Henry James, Herman Melville, and Leo Tolstoy. These collectible editions are the first single-volume publications of these classic tales, offering a closer look at this underappreciated literary form and providing a fresh take on the world's most celebrated authors.

    19. This is the darker side of Twain. These stories were written later in his life after the deaths of this wife and daughter. Twain has a darker cynical side in these stories that is not present in earlier works. Don't expect this to be like Tom Sawyer.

    20. My uber-favorite Mark Twain short story as a stand-alone book. Nobody does the devil like Twain. Oh, maybe Ambrose Bierce, but there's a richer quality to the Twain, less bitterness as the topnote.

    21. Pretty sure I was assigned this in high school but did not read it back then. Thus, I atone. Funny story with a good premise. Apparently Mr. Twain was miffed at the fine folks at Oberlin College who found themselves too stuffy for a man/writer such as he, so he wrote this novella in response.It got convoluted at the end a bit, bit, overall, I am intrigued by the idea within. Mrs. Hereford, wherever you are, I finally read this. :)

    22. The topic that is brought up in this short story is definitely current today. How people see themselves and the groups that they belong to. Many of us tend to have a very improved version of ourselves and how we behave. However, that view is rarely correct, which is displayed here. Under the surface there is always something that is not so nice to put on display.

    23. 3.5 stars.The whole transition from being the kill-your-enemies villain to the i'll-keep-you-alive-and-make-you-suffer villain was an unnecessary one, historically speaking. The latter is overrated.

    24. It reminded me of a 19th century Needful Things or a Twilight Zone episode. Someone decides to mess with a town with an undeserved honest reputation. A slightly confusing middlw dropped it from 5 stars.

    25. A quick little heavy-handed story about a sanctimonious little town brought down by a stranger with a grudge.

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