But anyway, I was very struck by Mark Twain's opening:
PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR,
Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.
A typically Twainian (is that a word?) summation of the points I've been making recently about plot, bloody plot. Twain just builds character and moment and it's beautiful stuff.