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At the beginning of Chapter IX, Morgan says he "was generally on hand" for tournaments...

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jths2010 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 6, 2009 at 5:22 AM via web

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At the beginning of Chapter IX, Morgan says he "was generally on hand" for tournaments even though he found them "wearisome".

What two reasons did he give for attending the tournaments?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 6, 2009 at 5:30 AM (Answer #1)

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As you say, Hank Morgan says he doesn't like tournaments but tends to go to watch them even so.

Also as you say, he gives two reasons.

First, he says he pretty much has to do it because he's a statesman (politician).  He says that, especially if you are a statesman, you have to do the things your neighbors like or else they won't like you.

Second, he says he wants to because he's a businessman.  He thinks he ought to be able to invent a way to improve the tournaments.

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