The Writings of Mark Twain [pseud.], Volume 9

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Harper & brothers, 1903
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Page 33 - Then he straightened, and jumped up and cracked his heels together three times before he lit again (that made them cheer), and he began to shout like this: "Whoo-oop!
Page 64 - There was an approving nod all around as this qiuet snub dropped on the boaster and "settled" him. And so they went on talk-talk-talking. Meantime, the thing that was running in my mind was, " Now, if my ears hear aright, I have not only to get the names of all the towns and islands and bends, and so on, by heart, but I must even get up a warm personal acquaintanceship with every old snag and one-limbed cottonwood and obscure wood-pile that ornaments the banks of this river for twelve hundred miles;...
Page 58 - ' This was a red rag to the bull. He raged and stormed so (he was crossing the river at the time) that I judge it made him blind, because he ran over the steering-oar of a trading-scow. Of course the traders sent up a volley of red-hot profanity. Never was a man so grateful as Mr. Bixby was; because he was brimful, and here were subjects who could talk back. He threw open a window, thrust his head out, and such an irruption followed as I never had heard before. The fainter and farther away the scowmen's...
Page 71 - How do you follow a hall at home in the dark ? Because you know the shape of it. You can't see it.
Page 46 - By and by one of our boys went away. He was not heard of for a long time. At last he turned up as apprentice engineer or "striker" on a steamboat. This thing shook the bottom out of all my Sunday-school teachings. That boy had been notoriously worldly, and I just the reverse; yet he was exalted to this eminence, and I left in obscurity and misery. There was nothing generous about this fellow in his greatness. He would always manage to have a rusty bolt to scrub while his boat tarried at our town,...
Page 296 - Bird Waltz ; Arkansas Traveler ; Rosin the Bow ; Marseillaise Hymn ; On a Lone Barren Isle (St. Helena) ; The Last Link Is Broken ; She Wore a Wreath of Roses the Night When Last We Met; Go, Forget Me, Why Should Sorrow o'er That Brow a Shadow Fling; Hours There Were to Memory Dearer; Long, Long Ago; Days of Absence ; A Life on the Ocean Wave, a Home on the Rolling Deep...
Page 158 - My profit is various in kind and degree; but the feature of it which I value most is the zest which that early experience has given to my later reading. When I find a well-drawn character in fiction or biography, I generally take a warm personal interest in him, for the reason that I have known him before— met him on the river.
Page 349 - Uncle Remus," two of the very few Southern authors who do not write in the Southern style. Instead of three or four widely-known literary names, the South ought to have a dozen or two — and will have them when Sir Walter's time is out. A curious exemplification of the power of a single book for good or harm is shown in the effects wrought by "Don Quixote" and those wrought by "Ivanhoe.
Page 151 - In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year. Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old Oolitic Silurian Period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi River was...
Page 95 - ... and their chills again — chills being a merciful provision of an all-wise Providence to enable them to take exercise without exertion. And this sort of watery camping out was a thing which these people were rather liable to be treated to a couple of times a year: by the December rise out of the Ohio, and the June rise out of the Mississippi. And yet these were kindly dispensations, for they at least enabled the poor things to rise from the dead now and then, and look upon life when a steamboat...

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