History Literature / TheMysteriousStranger

2nd Sep '17 10:55:10 AM Juneberries
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* ClonesArePeopleToo: The Duplicates, who not only think for themselves, but, (as Emil Schwarz explained) only become limited in their near-omniscient and omnipresent powers once they take ''human'' form.


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* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Every time August tries to defend the flaws of the human race, Forty-Four shoots him down with a biting analysis of human stupidity and corruptibility. After a while, he becomes GenreSavvy enough to know Forty-Four ''will'' talk him down, but not fast enough to stop his own wording before the stranger can step in.
17th Jun '17 7:05:26 PM Juneberries
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* LiveActionAdaptation: A {{Creator/PBS}} made-for-TV film was produced and aired in 1982, based heavily on the "No. 44" version.
2nd May '17 9:13:07 AM Juneberries
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* {{Solipsism}}: [[spoiler:On the surface, the ending can ''definitely'' appear to be this. But whether or not that's the actual case is open to interpretation.]]

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* {{Solipsism}}: {{UsefulNotes/Solipsism}}: [[spoiler:On the surface, the ending can ''definitely'' appear to be this. But whether or not that's the actual case is open to interpretation.]]
2nd May '17 12:15:42 AM Fireblood
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Also known as ''No. 44'', ''The Mysterious Stranger'' is one of Creator/MarkTwain's last works that he was [[AuthorExistenceFailure unable to finish before his death]]. It was written [[CreatorBreakdown just after his wife and favorite daughter died and Twain entered financial trouble]], so it was much more vicious and depressing than any of his other works. There are three different versions of the work in varying degrees of completion, but all involve the titular mysterious stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in[[note]]though in one of the versions he's not Satan[[/note]].

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Also known as ''No. 44'', ''The Mysterious Stranger'' is one of Creator/MarkTwain's last works that he was [[AuthorExistenceFailure unable to finish before his death]]. It was written [[CreatorBreakdown just after his wife and favorite daughter died and Twain entered financial trouble]], so it was much more vicious and depressing than any of his other works. There are three different versions of the work in varying degrees of completion, but all involve the titular mysterious stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in[[note]]though in.[[note]]Though in one of the versions he's not Satan[[/note]].
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Girls like Marget and Lilly fall pretty hard for "Philip Traum", but they remain clueless about his dark nature.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted.{{Subverted}}. Girls like Marget and Lilly fall pretty hard for "Philip Traum", but they remain clueless about his dark nature.



* ButterflyOfDoom: Played with. No TimeTravel is involved, but {{Satan}} reveals that even the smallest detail like opening a window can be a MatterOfLifeAndDeath.

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* ButterflyOfDoom: Played with.{{Played with}}. No TimeTravel is involved, but {{Satan}} reveals that even the smallest detail like opening a window can be a MatterOfLifeAndDeath.



* LouCypher: Averted, but the protagonists [[SarcasticConfession aren't any]] [[GenreBlind better off]]. Their gullibility may be justified because they're children.

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* LouCypher: Averted, {{Averted}}, but the protagonists [[SarcasticConfession aren't any]] [[GenreBlind better off]]. Their gullibility may be justified because they're children.




10th Apr '17 3:50:45 AM NordRonnoc
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The full text can be found [[http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/Twain/Mysterious-Stranger.htm here]]. Tropes from any version of the novella are welcome.

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The full text can be found [[http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/Twain/Mysterious-Stranger.gutenberg.org/files/3186/3186-h/3186-h.htm here]]. Tropes from any version of the novella are welcome.
4th Mar '17 11:03:01 AM nombretomado
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Also known as ''No. 44'', ''The Mysterious Stranger'' is one of MarkTwain's last works that he was [[AuthorExistenceFailure unable to finish before his death]]. It was written [[CreatorBreakdown just after his wife and favorite daughter died and Twain entered financial trouble]], so it was much more vicious and depressing than any of his other works. There are three different versions of the work in varying degrees of completion, but all involve the titular mysterious stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in[[note]]though in one of the versions he's not Satan[[/note]].

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Also known as ''No. 44'', ''The Mysterious Stranger'' is one of MarkTwain's Creator/MarkTwain's last works that he was [[AuthorExistenceFailure unable to finish before his death]]. It was written [[CreatorBreakdown just after his wife and favorite daughter died and Twain entered financial trouble]], so it was much more vicious and depressing than any of his other works. There are three different versions of the work in varying degrees of completion, but all involve the titular mysterious stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in[[note]]though in one of the versions he's not Satan[[/note]].
23rd Aug '16 6:17:05 PM Juneberries
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* MeaningfulName: Crosses with BilingualBonus. "Eseldorf" translates roughly into "ass village" in English, and "Traum", Satan's self-given surname, is German for the word ''[[spoiler:[[{{Foreshadowing}} dream]]]]''.


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* {{Solipsism}}: [[spoiler:On the surface, the ending can ''definitely'' appear to be this. But whether or not that's the actual case is open to interpretation.]]
25th Jul '16 5:46:35 AM narm00
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* NoEnding: "No. 44" is as close as the the tale gets to seeing an actual ending. Both "Schoolhouse Hill" and "The Chronicle" end, rather abruptly, right in the middle of character dialogue.

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* NoEnding: "No. 44" is as close as the the tale gets to seeing an actual ending. Both "Schoolhouse Hill" and "The Chronicle" end, rather abruptly, right in the middle of character dialogue.
30th Jun '16 9:39:31 PM Juneberries
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* GratuitousForeignLanguage: French in "Schoolhouse Hill".



* {{Omniglot}}: In "Schoolhouse Hill", Forty-four can master any language in an [[InstantExpert instant]], much to the surprise of everyone else.



* TranslationConvention: Set in Renaissance-age Austria, the characters are obviously speaking ''German'' to one another.

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* TranslationConvention: TranslationConvention:
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Set in Renaissance-age Austria, the characters are obviously speaking ''German'' to one another. another.
** Forty-four's conversation with his headmaster in French in "Schoolhouse Hill".
30th Jun '16 9:30:26 PM Juneberries
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Girls like Marget and Lilly fall pretty hard for "Philip Traum", but they remain clueless about his dark nature.



* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Literally. Satan is noted to be quite handsome.



* GratuitousForeignLanguage: French in "Schoolhouse Hill".



* HumansAreBastards: One of the major themes of the book

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* HumansAreBastards: One of the major themes of the bookbook.



* {{Mindscrew}}: This generally straightforward story suddenly takes a baffling turn in the last three pages, leaving the reader to wonder what, if anything, was real in the tale.

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* {{Mindscrew}}: MindScrew: This generally straightforward story suddenly takes a baffling turn in the last three pages, leaving the reader to wonder what, if anything, was real in the tale.



* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:"Oh by the way, didn't you ever realize that the entire universe only exists in your imagination and that you barely even exist yourself? Well, so long."]]

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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:"Oh [[spoiler:"Oh, by the way, didn't you ever realize that the entire universe only exists in your imagination and that you barely even exist yourself? Well, so long."]]"]]
* TranslationConvention: Set in Renaissance-age Austria, the characters are obviously speaking ''German'' to one another.





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\n* YouAreNumberSix: In some versions, Satan goes by "Fourty-four", or, "No. 44, New Series, 864,962".

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