"...and in a spirit of thankfulness which is entirely unaccountable, considering the slim foundation there was for it, he praised his Maker that he was as he was, and went on enjoying his little life just the same as if he really had been deliberately designed and erected by the great Architect of the Universe." [chap. xxiii].

Twain again became active in the Polar Star Lodge in 1867, but soon embarked on a trip to Europe and the Middle East. The Innocents Abroadis a reflection of Twain's mind during 1867 and 1868, and since he was most actively involved in the Freemasons during this period, Freemasonry is naturally present throughout the text. During his travels, Twain focused on relics and locations that have Masonic significance, including the sword of Godfrey of Bouillion at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Sea of Galilee, and a forest in Lebanon from which wood used to construct King Solomon's temple was reportedly gathered. [1]Twain is said to have gathered wood samples from the forest, returning them to the United States in order to be made into a gavel for the Master of his local lodge.

Evidence of lodge ritual is also present in the book, as evidenced in the quote above, where Twain mentions the great Architect of the Universe.
  1. ^ Jones, Alexander. American Literature , Vol. 26, No. 3 (Nov., 1954), pp. 363-373. JSTOR