"The judge showed the strangers the new graveyard, and the jail, and where the richest man lived, and the Freemasons' hall, and the Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian church, and where the Baptist church was going to be when they got some money to built with it..."

-Mark Twain
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

Perhap's Twain's most obvious references to Freemasonry are found in this text. While other works make vague or disguised acknowledgements of Masonic ideals, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson gives readers an actual Freemasons' hall and a freethinker's society. In the above line from Chapter Seven, Twain cites the Freemasons' hall as a building of which Judge Driscoll is proud. Also note that the Freemasons' hall is mentioned before the respective churches in the sentence, possibly suggesting that Twain's Presbyterian upbringing falls second to his status as a Freemason.

Judge York Leicester Driscoll
Judge Driscoll is a central character of this novel. A Virginia native, Judge Driscoll is recognized as the "chief citizen" of Dawson's Landing, as he is loved and respected by the whole of the community. Like Twain, Judge Driscoll's family members are practiced Presbyterians, but the judge is dubbed a "freethinker," a term commonly used to reference Freemasons. Although several of the town's esteemed members are noted Christians, only two men, Judge Driscoll and Pudd'nhead Wilson, are considered freethinkers, and Twain never makes an in-text disctinction between the two classifications, suggesting that one can exist within the boundaries of the other, just as Christianity can exist within Masonic traditions.

Pudd'nhead Wilson
Pudd'nhead Wilson is widely regarded as the town eccentric, at best; however, he is a favorite of Judge Driscoll and is the second and last member of the freethinker's society. Pudd'nhead conducts his research privately, creating a mystique similar to that of Masonic tradition. His research is not understood by the public at large, so he is not considered a credible source, but to a modern audience Wilson is clearly ahead of the curve. Another example of Wilson's advanced intellect is his calendar. The calendar is full of maxims that are clearly undervalued by community members, so again, Wilson's brilliance places him in an awkward social position. Wilson's willingness to resist social norms and pursue his own interests is evidence of his dedication to his craft.