Chapter 20: The Ogre's Castle

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Chapter 20: The Ogre's Castle
Hank and Sandy meet upwith one of Hank's knights, Sir Madok, advertising Peterson's Prophylactic Tooth-Brush and Noyoudont tooth-wash. He was chasing after another of Hank's knights, Sir Ossaise of Surluse, advertising stove polish. Two days later they arrive at the ogre's castle. Apparently it is enchanted for Hank's eyes only for he sees a pig sty and hogs along with three swineherds. Sandy sees the castle and her princesses. Hank must free them and take them home again.
 

I'm concerned about Twain's use of enchantment in this chapter. Hank sees hogs, a pig sty and three swineherds. Sandy insists there is a castle with captive princesses and three giant ogres. Hank compromises with Sandy and hypothesizes that the enchantment is for his eyes. There is no explanation for this. I'm assuming that Twain started off this quest in some fantastic manner and could come to no other solution. In no other part of the book does Sandy exhibit such delirium and no other superstitions are represented in such a visual manner.

 

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