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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

Mark Twain

Two half brothers look so similar as infants that no one can tell them apart. One, the legitimate son of a rich man, is destined for a life of comfort, while the other is condemned to be a slave because he is part black. The mother of the would-be slave is also the nurse of the other; to give her son the best life possible, she switches the babies. Soon the boy who is given every advantage becomes spoiled and cruel. He takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting his half brother. As they grow older, the townspeople no longer notice that the boys look similar, and they readily accept that each is born to his station. A local lawyer, David Wilson, has had a similar experience. On his first day in the village, he made an odd remark about a dog, and the townspeople gave him the condescending name "Pudd'nhead." Although he was a young, intelligent lawyer, he is unable to live down this name, so he toils in obscurity for over twenty years. Finally, he is presented with a complex murder trial-a chance to prove himself to the townspeople and shake this unjust label.

Two half brothers look so similar as infants that no one can tell them apart. One, the legitimate son of a rich man, is destined for a life of comfort, while the other is condemned to be a slave because he is part black. The mother of the would-be slave is also the nurse of the other; to give her son the best life possible, she switches the babies. Soon the boy who is given every advantage becomes spoiled and cruel. He takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting his half brother. As they grow older, the townspeople no longer notice that the boys look similar, and they readily accept that each is born to his station. A local lawyer, David Wilson, has had a similar experience. On his first day in the village, he made an odd remark about a dog, and the townspeople gave him the condescending name "Pudd'nhead." Although he was a young, intelligent lawyer, he is unable to live down this name, so he toils in obscurity for over twenty years. Finally, he is presented with a complex murder trial-a chance to prove himself to the townspeople and shake this unjust label.
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Two half brothers look so similar as infants that no one can tell them apart. One, the legitimate son of a rich man, is destined for a life of comfort, while the other is condemned to be a slave because he is part black. The mother of the would-be slave is also the nurse of the other; to give her son the best life possible, she switches the babies. Soon the boy who is given every advantage becomes spoiled and cruel. He takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting his half brother. As they grow older, the townspeople no longer notice that the boys look similar, and they readily accept that each is born to his station. A local lawyer, David Wilson, has had a similar experience. On his first day in the village, he made an odd remark about a dog, and the townspeople gave him the condescending name "Pudd'nhead." Although he was a young, intelligent lawyer, he is unable to live down this name, so he toils in obscurity for over twenty years. Finally, he is presented with a complex murder trial-a chance to prove himself to the townspeople and shake this unjust label.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Prichard

Length:

6h 2m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

07:43


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

44:40