Emmaline Grangerford’s crayons and poetry decorate her parents home. The deceased had a penchant for the morbid. Huck reckons “with her disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard” than if she had been able to live on to complete her work.
But why, Twain? What does this have to do with anything? Am I missing some greater satirical message? Sparknotes tells me this section is humorous, but my Dad always told me that a joke’s not funny if you have to explain it.
The yarn that this blogger knit together about it made did me smile, though. And apparently this is an important enough section that people have put together entire Emmaline Grangerford Scrapbooks. Even more delving led me to understand that Twain was mocking Julia A. Moore, the “Sweet Singer of Michigan” in penning Emmaline’s character. I’ve never heard of Miss Moore, which is remarkable, since she was apparently born in the very county in which we reside.
So have I just answered my own question? Twain was simply making fun of these maudlin girls girls of his time? Just imagine the fun he would have now-a-days with the teen crowd on facebook.