In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, what are Hank's mixed feelings about King Arthur?

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At first Hank feels that King Arthur is too confident and oblivious to what is going on in his own country. King Arthur is even unaware of his wife's affair with Sir Launcelot. Hank feels that King Arthur is a terrible monarch and ruling in a backwards manner. Arthur only knows how to act as a king, so when Hank takes him out to see his country and what is going on with the common people, King Arthur endangers them by acting regal and making proclamations, which ultimately results in Arthur and Hank being sold into slavery. But the King also surprises Hank when he is altruistic to his subjects without thinking of his own well being. Hank feels that Arthur is old fashioned and backwards thinking, but he can also recognize that his subjects respect him and admire him for his kingly demeanor.

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