the point of tellingthe story about the half dog
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Puddn'head has newly arrived in Dawson's Creek and a stranger to the residents there. Shortly after arriving in town (he hopes to open a law practice there), he comments about a barking dog. In an attempt to be sarcastic, Wilson mentions that he'd like to be half owner of the dog. The people question why he would wish for such a thing, and he answers that is half the dog were his..... he'd be able to kill his half. Rather than think him funny, the townspeople thought him foolish. This event is where he earned the name "Puddn'head."
Puddn'head Wilson/ Chapter 1