I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.
—Upton Sinclair, comparing the intent and effect of The Jungle.
PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR,
Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.
Mark Twain, trying to avert this trope.