A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court What made one chapter interesting, and another dull.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, written by Mark Twain in the late 19th century, tells the story of a man from Connecticut, Hank Morgan, who was hit with a crowbar, and awoke to find himself in 6th century England. Hank is promptly captured by a knight and taken to Camelot. Soon sentenced to be burned at the stake because his captor has no use for him, the Yankee says that he is a magician, and makes it appear as though he is destroying the sun. This results in the Yankee's freedom and his promotion to the second most powerful man in the kingdom.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court goes on to tell of the adventures the Connecticut Yankee has, his struggle for power with Merlin, and also his struggle for power with the Church. It ends with all of England's knights attacking him, and Merlin putting him under a spell so that the Yankee will sleep for 1300 years.

While A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a good book, the chapters it contains are very unbalanced. Some of the chapters are very interesting, while others are dull.

Chapter 33, which is entitled "Sixth-Century Political Economy," deals almost entirely with the economics of the 6th Century. In it, the Yankee is trying to convince some peasants that the welfare of an economy is not determined by how high the wages are, but rather by how much those wages can purchase. The Yankee is forced to stop arguing his point, since the peasants are incapable of understanding that what matters is how much you can buy with one's wages, not how much one's wages are. This is not one of the better chapters, due to its subject matter and the fact that the Yankee starts...