I began timidly to make up to the humbiest official connected with the boat-the night watchman.  he said he was the sone of an English nobleman-either an earl or an alderman, he could not remember...

I began timidly to make up to the humbiest official connected with the boat-the night watchman.  he said he was the sone of an English nobleman-either an earl or an alderman, he could not remember which, but believed was boh, his father, the nobleman, loved him, but his mother hated  him from the cradle.  By and by his father died and his mother siezed the poperty.  And from that point my watchman threw off all trammels of date and locality and branched out into a narrative that bristled all along with incrediable adventures; a narrative that was so reeking with bloodshed, and so crammed with hair-breadth escapes and the most engaging and unconscious personal vilanies, that I sat speechless, enjoying, shuddering, wondering, worshiping.

It was a sore blight to find out afterward that he was a low, vulgar, ignorant, sentimental, half-witted humbug and an untraveled native of the wilds of Illinois.  He had absorbed frontier literature and appropratied its marvels, until int ime he had woven odds and ends of the mess into this yarn, and then gone on telling it to fledglings like me, until he had come to believe it himself.

How are these two paragraphs unified-that is, what logical structure ties them together?

a.  they are unified because the first part provides a general description of the night watchman and the second gives specific exampes.

b.  they are unified by space; the first discribes the night watchman's face and the second his body

c.  they are unified by contrast-the second contradicts what we learn in the first

d.  these paragraphs are not unified

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I had to name to methods other than transititon words and give specific examples of each method that Mark Twain uses to achieve coherence.  Is this correct?

1.  Method --  Subordinating Conjuctions

     Example --  He had absorbed frontier literature and appropriateed its marvels, until in time he had woven odds

2.  Method --  Cordinating Conjuctions

     Example -- ends of the mess into this yarn, and then gone on teling it to fledglings like me,

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The answer to your question is that the paragraphs are united by the contradiction that drives the theme forward: That this night watch had enthralled the voyager with the story about his origins, only to find out that the entire story was a farce. The evidence of this is this part of the literature:

It was a sore blight to find out afterward that he was a low, vulgar, ignorant, sentimental, half-witted humbug and an untraveled native of the wilds of Illinois. 

Had the paragraphs NOT been connected, there would have not been a need for the author to speak of the emotions of the main character upon finding out the real origins of the night watch. Therefore, the feelings of the main character are a consequence of what he finds out.

Other than transition words subordinating conjunctions are used in the way that you correctly described:

He had absorbed frontier literature and appropriated its marvels, until in time he had woven odds

This would be a subordinated clause because the last part "until in time he had woven odds", has to be attached to the main clause "he had absorbed frontier literature and appropriated its marvels" to complete its entire meaning.

Coordinating conjunctions are and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet. Therefore the one clause that can be considered for this is

And from that point my watchman threw off all trammels of date and locality and branched out into a narrative that bristled all along with incredible adventures;

This coordinating conjunction, which is located at the beginning of the main clause, is followed by another subordinated conjunction which is

a narrative that was so reeking with bloodshed, and so crammed with hair-breadth escapes

followed immediately by another "and"

and the most engaging and unconscious personal villainies, that I sat speechless, enjoying, shuddering, wondering, worshiping.

All is meant to tell the feelings of the main character in a way that shows how the fluidity of his thoughts at that time.

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