The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Twain on Armies

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What conclusion can readers make about Twain's opinion about armies based on this excerpt from Chapter 22?

The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any man at the head of it, is beneath pitifulness. Now the thing for you to do, is to droop your tails and go home and crawl in a hole. If any real lynching's going to be done, it will be done in the dark, Southern fashion; and when they come they'll bring their masks, and fetch a man along.

A

That armies need better leadership.

B

That if real men who were brave would enlist, armies would be more effective.

C

That armies are full of cowards.

D

Armies are more likely to fight better if it is dark out.

E

Armies are most effective when provided with masks and shields.