What does Twain’s final paragraph of the legend reveal about him?

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Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi ends with "A Legend of White-Bear Lake." This legend tells of a young Indian warrior who was in love with the chief's daughter. After repeatedly being refused the daughter's hand, for being called a "woman" and not worthy of the chief's daughter, the young warrior and his lover decide to meet in secrecy. While out in the woods, a large white bear approaches the couple and takes the maiden in its grasp. Great shrieks arise from the maiden. Hearing the screams, many from the village run into the woods unarmed. The young warrior runs to grab his "faithful knife." He returns to where the bear is and kills it. The village celebrates the death of the great white bear, and the future children of the young couple are described dancing upon the white bear's fur "for many years."

The story then returns to detail what happened when the bear had the maiden. It tells of her being in a tree with the blanket, then falling into the bear's arms. She then falls back up...

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