History Literature / TheMysteriousStranger

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".

30th Jun '16 8:42:14 PM Juneberries
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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 (though in one of the versions he's not Satan).

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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 mysterious stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in (though in[[note]]though in one of the versions he's not Satan).
Satan[[/note]].



The full text can be found [[http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/Twain/Mysterious-Stranger.htm here]].

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The full text can be found [[http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/Twain/Mysterious-Stranger.htm here]]. \n Tropes from any version of the novella are welcome.



* AuthorExistenceFailure



* CreatorBreakdown



* 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.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The best-known version is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine in the sixties. Some modern editions, though, are based on either one of the three original manuscripts.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The best-known version is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine in the sixties. Some modern editions, though, are based on either one of the three original manuscripts.

7th Feb '16 11:33:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* AnimatedAdaptation: ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' movie. Found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGGAjMg9vw here]].

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* AnimatedAdaptation: ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' movie. Found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGGAjMg9vw here]].
13th Jan '16 9:55:40 AM Juneberries
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* CentralTheme: The inherent flaws, hypocrisies, and insanities of man, and his revered "Moral Sense".
6th Oct '15 11:15:25 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The version that we know is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The best-known version that we know is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine.Paine in the sixties. Some modern editions, though, are based on either one of the three original manuscripts.
6th Oct '15 11:11:52 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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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 angel Satan using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in.

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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 angel Satan titular Mysterious Stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in.
in (though in one of the versions he's not Satan).
19th Sep '15 2:26:47 PM Juneberries
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