NO. 44 The Mysterious StrangerAn American boy and his wondrous friend share magic an mischief in the Middle Ages
The enigmatic outsider who suddenly appears in a well-ordered world to shake it out of its entrenched ways is a frequent theme in the works of Mark Twain. In his story, young August Feldner, a likable, hard-working printer's apprentice in 19th-century America, dreams that he is in the Middle-Ages, where he is befriended by a boy with the peculiar name of Number 44.
Number 44 can read people's thoughts, disappear, transform men into animals... Morre importantly, he exposes the foolishness of those who claim to pssess the truth, whether in science, philosophy or religion. One August realizes that he too has been fleeing from reality to embrace illusions of certainty, he bids farewell to his friend No. 44 and shakes off the dream of a distant, ideal world.