Serving Two Masters


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A Mormon acquaintance once pushed Mark Twain into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of scripture expressly forbidding polygamy.

"Nothing easier," Twain replied. "No man can serve two masters."




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Posted by Nicky101 Dec 10, 2004

I didn't get it but I have you a full smiley face anyway!

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Posted by sweetpeao4o3 Feb 21, 2005

I didn't get it, but I am a Mormon and it sounded like Marky was insulting me!

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Posted by cassmc Feb 25, 2005

"No man can serve two masters" is the Bible verse. Essentially 'Mark Twain' is saying that women run marriages and are in essence their husbands' "masters". Therefore, because the verse says no man can serve two masters, a man cannot have two wives because he would have two 'masters', whose orders (demands, requests, desires, etc) would be in conflict. So to serve (or satisfy, or make happy) one, he would have to ignore the wishes of the other. If you remember that the Mormon church practiced polygamy in Twain's lifetime (which the entire joke is predicated on), it is not in anyway anti-mormon. Whether it is misogynist is a completely different subject, though.

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Posted by purplepineapple Feb 25, 2005

That is a pretty in depth explanation! Anyways, good joke!

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Posted by sweetpeao4o3 Mar 06, 2005

Ok, my dad explained it to me. We don't have more than one wife anymore, and Joseph Smith had to for a special reason.

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Posted by kellyc_12_2004 Sep 23, 2005

Yeah...there were special reasons for polygamy...but my Sunday School is boring so half the time I don't listen....(I'm Mormon)

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Posted by Sharilyn Apr 13, 2006

Yes polygamy has not been practiced by mormons for over 100 years. If you want more info visit www.mormon.org click on FAQ then social issues.

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