George Santayana stated that “to knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.” No one believed that philosophy more than Mark Twain. Twain has the knack of annoying the pompous and knocking the haughty ones off their high horses.
There is one anecdote of Twain that illustrates it:
Mark Twain, while checking in at a lavish hotel in Canada, noticed that the arrival just ahead of him had written on the hotel register, “Baron von Blank and valet.” Mark Twain was not to be outdone by this show of elegance. He wrote: “Mark Twain and valise.”