Mark Twain quote about naivety from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Like many other simple-hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to contemplate her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning.
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Like many other simple-hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to contemplate her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning.

 Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). copy citation

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Author Mark Twain
Source The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Topic naivety subtlety
Date 1876
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/74/74-h/74-h.htm

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“While Tom was eating his supper, and stealing sugar as opportunity offered, Aunt Polly asked him questions that were full of guile, and very deep—for she wanted to trap him into damaging revealments. Like many other simple-hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to contemplate her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning. Said she:
«Tom, it was middling warm in school, warn't it?»
«Yes'm.»
«Powerful warm, warn't it?»
«Yes'm.»
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