What killed Miss Emmeline?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Ah, this is a nice touch by Twain.

The first time Twain mentions this, he just says that Emmeline Grangerford "took sick." However, within a page or two he turns this into a nicely sarcastic touch, having Huck tell the reader that Emmeline "pined away" after she couldn't find a rhyme for a deceased person named "Whistler." She died, in other words, of poetic frustration!

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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She was killed not by any diseases or humans, but by disillusion and hysteria about poetry confusion and utter madness. She couldn't find a rhyming word for a dead person, called "Whistler" and that take a toll over her physical and mental being and brings about her untimely death.

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