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A Dog’s Tale

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A Dog’s Tale

by Mark Twain

Genre: Drama
Setting:
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length: 90 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising

EXCERPT:

“My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian.”



COMMENTS:

A dog’s mother teaches her courage, loyalty and miscellaneous virtues so that when she is given to a loving family and the nursery catches fire, she saves the life of the baby. To show his gratitude, the baby’s father performs a scientific experiment on the dog’s only beloved puppy that turns it blind and then kills it. The moral of this story is no good deed goes unpunished, a difficult idea for a musical.


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