I also really like Mark Twain. Like Austen, he hated fools and hypocrites and also painted his characters in many shades of grey. No cardboard cutouts there in his stories. Just funny characters that show the extreme moral hypocrisy of his day.
I like Twain's pithy quotes. See the one below at the bottom of the page? It reads, I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. I think it particularly applies to homeschoolers. I also think that's true for lots of people whether you homeschool or not. Kids have always found ways to pursue what interests them. They've always found ways to find out more about what catches their curiosity, even if school seems to get in the way sometimes.
Here's a great quote from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from a silly character who actually doesn't feel strongly about books at all,
- I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
And here we see what Mark Twain felt about books making a great library,
- Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.
OUCH!! That's harsh, Mark Twain. It's funny, but harsh.
Don't worry Elizabeth Bennet, I'm not going to give up reading about all of your exploits, regardless of what Mark Twain says on the subject.