The duke and king's advertisement for the Royal Nonesuch plays on humanity's affinity for explicit content and tendency to conform. The advertisement introduces the two tragedians as "World-Renowned" and mentions that they've played in the "London and Continental Theatres." These exploits are meant to impress the gullible crowd, who values prestigious, foreign entertainment. The country crowd surmises that if the tragedians are good enough to perform overseas, they must be excellent performers. Twain further depicts the crowd as ignorant followers, too simple to come up with their own opinions regarding entertainment and who completely trust acclaimed titles, which possess no significant value or authority.
At the bottom of the advertisement, there is a warning in bold letters, which says, "LADIES AND CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED." The duke and king are aware of people's affinity for explicit content. By including the warning that prohibits women and children from attending the show, Twain satirizes humanity's inherent desire to witness and participate in taboo behaviors. Overall, the advertisement emphasizes humanity's propensity to conform and indulge in explicit, crude performances.