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the run-on sentence (next-to-last-paragraph) to both compel and confuse, and weaving in re-hashed Shakespeare with an absurdly comic modern twist.
Actual influence was from a feud in Missouri involving a family named Darnell. Feud in HF parrallels feud written about in Life on the Mississippi, including location and similar details (HF, U. of California ed. with expl. footnotes)
Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. 2, 5th ed., 1998, W. W. Norton and Co., New York ,( Chapters 17 and 18 ).